DSC03534-2Interpreter-mediated Justice: Different Languages, Different Research Methodologies

George Davis Lecture Theatre, Esmee Fairbarn Building, Heriot-Watt University

Saturday 7th November 2015

Hosted By:
Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS)
Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies
School of Management & Languages, Heriot-Watt University


About the event:

With the emergence of interpreting studies as a sub-discipline of translation studies, more attention is being paid to the research methods applied to the investigation of interpreting processes and products, with documentation of the shifts, turns and paradigms in interpreting studies (Pöchhacker, 2009, 2014). The Justisigns project, funded through the EU Leonardo Da Vinci Lifelong Learning programme, to promote access to justice for deaf sign language users, provides a springboard to explore various research methods that are used in legal interpreting research. This ARTIS symposium will feature guest speakers who will share their legal interpreting studies, with detailed descriptions of the research methods chosen and why, and a panel discussion to explore the benefits of using various research methods. This symposium will contribute to our understanding not only how to conduct legal interpreting research, but also the various research methods that can be considered in interpreting studies generally.


9.30-09.50        Introduction and welcome
Overview of the Justisigns project & legal interpreting research
Prof Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University)
09.50-10.30      SURVEYS (1)
Access to legal sign language interpreting across Europe
Prof Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University)
10.30-11.10     SURVEYS (2)
Co-Minor/ Interpreting with children in investigative interviews
Heidi Salaets (KU Leuven) and Prof Ursula Böser (Heriot-Watt University)
11.10-11.30     Coffee Break
Perceptions of access to police interpreting in the UK
Rob Skinner (Heriot-Watt University) and Prof Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin)
12.10-12.50     DISCOURSE ANALYSIS (1)
Transparent language constellations in interpreter-mediated police interviews
Eloisa Monteoliva (Heriot-Watt University)
12.50-13.50     Lunch
13.50-14.30     DISCOURSE ANALYSIS (2)
Interpreter-mediated police interviews in a multimodal context
Prof Ursula Böser and Prof Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University)
14.30-15.10     MIXED METHODS (1)
AVIDICUS/ Video conferencing and interpreting in legal proceedings
Dr Sabine Braun (University of Surrey)
15.10-15.50     MIXED METHODS (2)
Deaf jurors access to jury deliberations through interpreters
Prof Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt University)
16.00-16.40     Panel: What methods and why
16.40-17.00     Wrap and close
Prof Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin)

Abstracts (to follow)


George Davis Lecture Theatre, Esmee Fairbarn Building, Heriot-Watt University, EH14 4AS

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Maximum number of participants: 56

Registration rate is £50, including lunch and refreshments.

Registration for PhD students (max. 10 places) is £10.

Registration now open – book soon to avoid disappointment:

British Sign Language and International Sign interpreters will be provided.