What ARTIS can offer

plensa4ARTIS seeks to address primarily the training requirements of doctoral students, postdoctoral and early career researchers, as well as both junior and experienced teaching staff who wish to develop or refresh their research skills.

ARTIS events are not conferences. They are focused, research training events that follow a flexible but explicit structure. A research-oriented theme must be declared and used as the basis for building theoretical and methodological training into the design of the event.

ARTIS training events are not intended for large audiences. Average attendance for most sessions (with the exception of sessions open to the public or to the host institution’s postgraduate student body) ranges between 25 and 50 maximum.

ARTIS envisages being involved in up to four research training events per year. Two of these are usually held in the UK, including at least one in Manchester. The other two could be held anywhere in the world. Each event should be self-financing, and all events should be open to participants from more than one institution.

ARTIS invites proposals for training events in accordance with these principles. Following a successful proposal a specific collaborative agreement between ARTIS and the relevant institution is set up. ARTIS undertakes to help design an appropriate programme or syllabus and to contact suitable Associates, who could be invited by the host institution to deliver training locally.


Potential Formats

ARTIS events can adopt either of the following formats, depending on the needs of the host institution and its budgetary constraints.

Once a theme has been identified, and depending on the length of the event, the following broadly conceived components may be adopted or adapted in planning the event, in consultation with the ARTIS Steering Committee.

For one- to three-day events:

  • One or more presentations on the theoretical debates relating to the selected theme, including debates relating to the core concepts. For instance, for a theme such as Translation and Community, there may be a session on different conceptions of ‘community’, and one on Etienne Wenger’s theory of ‘Communities of Practice’ and its application in translation and interpreting studies.
  • One or more presentations on research methods that have been or may be adopted in the study of communities of translators/interpreters and/or the study of translation/interpreting in community settings.
  • A workshop on publishing research articles or applying for grants.
  • Interactive modes of discussion and knowledge production – round tables and panels, workshops with group tasks, discussion groups based on pre-reading, certain kinds of poster session, etc.
  • Presentations by doctoral and early career scholars, and/or one-to-one or group tutorials led by ARTIS staff towards the end of the event.
  • Please click here to view suggested syllabi.

For one- to two-week events:

  • As above, with additional, focused sessions on theory and methodology relevant to the selected theme of the event.
  • Additional sessions on complementary research methods in translation and interpreting studies that are not necessarily restricted to or dominant in the study of the selected theme (e.g. the use of focus groups, interviews, participant observation).
  • Sessions presenting case studies relevant to the selected theme.
  • A workshop on writing and publishing research articles and/or applying for grants.
  • Peer presentations by doctoral and early career scholars, and/or one-to-one or group tutorials led by ARTIS staff towards the end of the event.
  • A public lecture or roundtable discussion open to a larger audience and intended to enhance the visibility of the host institution, especially in relation to the specific theme of the event.
  • Please click here to view suggested syllabi.
Potential Themes for ARTIS Events

Institutions interested in hosting an ARTIS event may propose any theme of relevance to the study of translation and interpreting as a field of research. The existing expertise on the ARTIS Steering Committee and International Advisory Panel can easily provide input and feedback on the following themes, among many others (all in relation to the study of translation and interpreting specifically):

voice; positioning; identity; popular culture; music; fandom; crowdsourcing; workplace studies; institutional settings; corpus-based studies; community; museums; multimodality; audiovisual translation; science; history; historiography; oral history; lingua francae; protest movements; conflict; memory; process analysis; experimental research; digital culture; globalization; performativity…


The host institution is free to offer its own certificates of attendance for all delegates.

The host institution undertakes to collate feedback from the participants and to make it available to ARTIS to be incorporated into future events. Any recordings from the event can be uploaded on to the resources section of the ARTIS website.