Date - Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th January 2021

It is a pleasure to invite you to the conference “Current Trends in Research on Spain, Portugal, and Latin America”, organised by PGR students within the Centre for the Comparative Study of Portugal, Spain and the Americas (CEPSAM) based at Swansea University.

Registration to attend is now open via Eventbrite. The full programme will be released in due course.

This online conference will be an opportunity for Postgraduates and ECRs studying and working at Welsh universities and beyond to present their research on any aspect of Iberian, Lusophone, and Latin American Studies, from any theoretical and disciplinary perspective.

Keynote: “Stateless Literatures in Translation: The Case of Galician, Basque and Catalan Literatures in the UK”

Dr Olga Castro (University of Warwick) & Laura Linares (University College Cork)

Literary translation plays a crucial role in the internationalisation of cultural and publishing markets. It constitutes a marker of status in the economic global system, therefore contributing to cultural diplomacy. As such, source-culture institutions often offer support policies to help disseminate ‘their’ literatures abroad. Focusing on contemporary multilingual Spain, this paper investigates the translation policies of the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and Valencia, where literature in Spanish coexists with the literatures written in the co-official languages in these regions, paying special attention to the translation grants funding schemes. Through the holistic study of the different stages of this funding scheme —from the design and publication of the translation grants to the allocation of funding, also including the participation of the four funding institutions at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018— we combine quantitative and qualitative methods with ethnographic research to offer unique insights into the extent to which translation grants from each of the source cultures can successfully contribute to the internationalisation of literatures in these stateless cultures and low diffusion languages. Our research also offers revealing information about the particularities of the collaboration between institutional funding bodies and the private publishing industry in these regions.

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CEPSAM is the product of a convergence of research and teaching interests among colleagues from several departments at Swansea University, including Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting; History, Political and Cultural Studies; and Geography. The Centre brings together researchers and specialists based in Wales who work on the Luso-Hispanic world from a range of theoretical and disciplinary backgrounds.