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MultiMeDialecTranslation 8 – Dialect Translation in Multimedia

Rescheduled to 6-8 May 2021, Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania

We are pleased to invite you to the 8th International Conference on Dialect translation in multimedia (MultiMeDialecTranslation 8) which will be held on 6-8 May 2021 at the Institute of Language, Literature and Translation Studies, Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University.

MultiMeDialecTranslation 8 is an interdisciplinary conference, operating at the interface of linguistics, media, communication, and translation studies. It is aimed at colleagues from both academic research and teaching as well as practitioners of translation. Founded in 2002 as a conference for investigating the interlingual translation of dialects in “multimedia” with film subtitling as a typical example, the conference has expanded its range of topics to other polysemiotic configurations (e.g. theatre, opera, comic) as well as to other non-standard varieties and to intralingual translation.

This year, we will also discuss the rendering of language varieties with regard to media accessibility, i.e. audio description and subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing as well as to video game localization.

Topic Areas

Relevant topic areas of the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • audio-visual translation of language varieties (dubbing, subtitling, voice-over),
  • dialect translation of language varieties in the context of minority languages and regional languages,
  • translation of language varieties on stage (theatre, opera, songs, comedy shows, stand-up comedy),
  • translation of language varieties in comics and graphic novels,
  • translation of language varieties in audio description and subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing,
  • rendering of language varieties in video game localization,
  • translation of culture specific items in audiovisual production,
  • features of amateur translation of audiovisual content,
  • translation of language varieties and diglossia,
  • polysemiotic translation of language varieties and foreign language teaching.

Keynote Speakers

  • Łukasz Bogucki, University of Łódź (Poland) A Relevance-Theoretic Approach to Decision-Making in Subtitling
  • Luc van Doorslaer, University of Tartu (Estonia), KU Leuven (Belgium), Stellenbosch University (South Africa) Translation Studies Unlimited: The Challenges of Transmediality and Transdisciplinarity
  • Frans L. M. P. Hinskens, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) Old Dialects and New Technology. Can They Learn from Each Other?
  • Danguolė Mikulėnienė, Daiva Aliūkaitė, Vilnius University (Lithuania) The Translation of the Naive Estimator’s Narrative to the Dialectological Discourse: Bridging Diverse Perspectives

Conference Languages

The conference languages are Lithuanian, English and German. We recommend parallel language use for giving papers and presentations, covering at least two of the conference languages, such as providing presentation slides in English accompanied by a spoken presentation in Lithuanian, or a handout in English accompanied by a spoken presentation in German.

Abstracts and Registration

We invite an abstract for your paper (20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes discussion). The submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed and published online on the conference website. The abstracts in one of the conference languages should be sent in no later than 31 October 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent on 30 November 2020 at the latest.

Registration for participation without giving a paper will be open until 20 April 2021. Early bird registration expires on 28 February 2021.

Refund of the conference fee is possible until 20 April 2021, with an administrative charge of 20 €.

Please find the registration form here: https://forms.gle/ipEcmsb2WfNHk17W6

Conference Fee

Early bird registration (to 28 February 2021): 80 €

Regular conference fee (from 1 March to 20 April 2021): 100 €

Reduced conference fee (for students): 50 €

Conference fee for participants without presentation: 20 €

All registered participants will receive certificates of attendance after the conference by email.

On Saturday, 8 May 2021, there will be a full day excursion to the Open-Air Museum of Lithuania (http://www.llbm.lt/en/about-us/). Charges – 40 €, including lunch and coffee.

International Scientific Committee

Camilla Badstübner-Kizik, Poland

Klaus Geyer, Odense, Denmark

Irmeli Helin, Turku, Finland

Herta Maurer-Lausegger, Klagenfurt, Austria

Danguolė Satkauskaitė, Kaunas, Lithuania

 Local Organisers

Danguolė Satkauskaitė, Lina Abraitienė, Jurgita Astrauskienė, Skirmantė Biržietienė, Robertas Kudirka

 Important Dates

Submission of abstracts:                               31 October 2020

Notification of acceptance:                           30 November 2020

Conference programme online (latest):        15 January 2021

Early bird registration:                                   to 28 February 2021

Registration                                                   from 1 March to 20 April 2021

Conference:                                                   6-8 May 2021 (8 May: an excursion day)



Danguolė Satkauskaitė, danguole.satkauskaite@knf.vu.lt




Please use this form for registration: https://forms.gle/ipEcmsb2WfNHk17W6

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