ARTIS@Bangkok2017: Translatorship

ARTIS@Bangkok2017: Translatorship

29-30 July 2017

Jointly organised by Chalermprakiat Center of Translation and Interpretation, Chulalongkorn University, and the MA program in English-Thai translation,Thammasat University

Venue: The Ivory Lounge, Huachang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok

  1. About the event
  2. Programme
  3. Registration and Accommodation
  4. Cultural Evening @ Jim Thompson’s House
  5. Chulalongkorn University Campus Tour


1. About the event

As a platform for “empowering translators” (Tymoczko 2007), translation studies has developed into a discipline that encourages inclusionary approaches, culturally sensitive methodologies and agency-focused paradigms which unsettle the traditional author/translator hierarchy. However, this emphasis on the importance of “translatorship” is not always adopted within translator training programmes. We are faced with generations of translators who are not equipped with the ability to reflect critically on themselves and their works. In this ARTIS event, we offer lectures and workshops that focus on research methodologies and critically engage with the issue of translatorship on both textual and sociological levels. On the textual level, the translator’s presence can be studied, for example, through the translator’s point of view, style, ideology, without a traditional, rigid comparison with the author. On the sociological level, translators are considered influential players in the creation of the social world, as can be seen in Bourdieu’s sociological approach to translation that pinpoints translators as mobilizers of economic and symbolic capitals through their works. Both approaches highlight the significance of the role of translators in the importation and transmission of knowledge, whilst acknowledging that this is not always properly documented, and that it thus tends to be wiped out from public memory.

This two-day ARTIS event comprises lectures and workshops. Lectures on the first day (29th July 2017), given by two world-renowned translation scholars, are open for anyone who wishes to attend. Each lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic related to the lecture. Our panelists are well-known translators, publishers and academics whose experiences will provide a lucid illustration of the scenarios faced by actual translation practitioners. Workshops are held on the second day (30th July 2017) and only open to those who have been accepted to the poster presentation session. The lectures, workshops and posters cover the issue of translatorship in relation to the following topics:

  • Translator’s style and ideology
  • Translation as textual intervention
  • The translator’s voice and identity
  • The translator’s agency
  • Sociological aspects of translation
  • Translation as profession
  • The sense of translatorship in translation pedagogy

Lecturers and workshop leaders:

  • Professor Jeremy Munday (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Dr. Sameh Hanna (University of Leeds, UK)
  • Dr. Sue-Ann Harding (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)


  • Dr. Phrae Chittiphalangsri (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Dr. Tongtip Poonlarp (Chulalongrkorn University, Thailand)
  • Dr. Sirirat Na Ranong (Thammasat University, Thailand)



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2. Programme

29 July 2017
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.15 Welcoming and Opening Remarks
9.15-11.00 Lecture One: Traces of Translatorship: A textual perspective + Q&A 
Professor Jeremy Munday (Professor of Translation Studies, University of Leeds)
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.30 Panel Discussion 1: The Translator’s Voice and Presence in the Text
Panelists:Dr. Chris Baker (Historian and translator of Khun Chang Khun Phaen and Yuan Phai)

Pakawadee Veerapaspong (Translator, columnist and activist)

Moderated by Dr. Phrae Chittiphalangsri (Chulalongkorn University)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.15 Lecture Two: Translators’ Agency from a Sociological Perspective: Insights from Bourdieu’s field theory + Q&A
Dr. Sameh Hanna (Director of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leeds)
15.15-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-16.45 Panel Discussion 2: Translating and Publishing Thai Literature for the Global Audience

Trasvin Jittidecharak (Founder, Silkworm Books and Mekong Press foundation; IPA Executive member)

Professor Rachel V. Harrison (Professor of Thai Cultural Studies, SOAS)

Moderated by Dr. Koraya Techawongstien, Mahidol University
17.30-20.00 Cultural Evening

A visit to the iconic Jim Thompson’s House
Traditional Thai dinner and performance
(Advanced booking required)

30 July 2017
9.00-11.00 Workshop 1: Practising Textual Analysis of Translatorship
Professor Jeremy Munday (University of Leeds)
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 Workshop 2: Participating in the International Academic Community: Writing and publishing
Dr. Sue-Ann Harding (Queen’s University Belfast)
12.45-13.45 Lunch
13.45-15.45 Workshop 3: Case Studies in the Sociological Analysis of Translatorship
Dr. Sameh Hanna (University of Leeds)
15.45-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-17.00 Poster presentation
17.00-17.30 Wrap-up and closing remarks
31 July 2017 (Optional)
9.30-11.30 Chulalongkorn University Campus Tour (free of charge)

CU Memorial Hall

Faculty of Arts’ Buildings



ARTIS@Bangkok 2017 will be held at the Ivory Lounge, Huachang Heritage Hotel, which is close to Chulalongkorn University, and served by both Siam BTS and National Stadium BTS stations. For more information, please visit the hotel’s official page:

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3. Registration and Accommodation

Registration is now open for the “first day only” option (lectures and panel discussions). The two-day option is only open to accepted poster presenters.


Registration fees

            First-day only Two days (with workshops)
Early Bird Normal Early Bird Normal
Students 1,000 baht 1,200 baht 2,000 baht 2,400 baht
Non-Student 1,500 baht 1,700 baht 3,000 baht 3,400 baht


Registration fees are inclusive of lecture/workshop materials, lunch(es), and morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks. Early-bird rates are applicable until 30th June 2017. Registration closes on 21st July 2017

We recommend our participants to stay at either Huachang Heritage Hotel, where ARTIS participants can enjoy the hotel’s conference rate, or our own International House (CU iHouse) which offers affordable one and two-bed studios with shared facilities. To reserve, participants must complete the accommodation booking section in the registration form, indicating the accommodation of choice. The hotel will arrange for deposit payment via email. Note that CU iHouse does not require a booking deposit. It asks for a key deposit which is payable upon checking-in.

For more information about Huachang Heritage Hotel and CU iHouse, please visit their websites:

Hotel conference rate
Huachang Heritage Hotel – 3,300 baht per night (including breakfast)
CU iHouse – 1,000 baht per night (no breakfast)

To register, please go to, complete the form and pay the registration fee. Payment can be made by credit card, using our trusted online payment facility. Local participants are encouraged to use direct bank transfer to our account. You will be guided through our registration and payment system. An email confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of the form.

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4. Cultural Evening @ Jim Thompson’s House

We would like to welcome ARTIS participants on both/either day(s) to come and enjoy the cultural evening at the iconic Jim Thomson’s House which is situated within a walking distance of our event venue, Huachang Heritage Hotel, on the evening of 30th July. Dubbed by Time magazine as an American who “almost singlehanded(ly) saved Thailand‘s vital silk industry from extinction,” James H.W. Thompson also remarkably reconstructed six old Thai upcountry houses in the heart of Bangkok as his new home which turned out to be an astounding architectural achievement. An artefact of “cultural translation,” the mansion itself exudes unfeigned charm of Thai traditional living, but with a touch of Thompson’s own style.

The programme includes a guided tour of the mansion, traditional Thai dinner and performance. A full-price ticket for the combined tour, performance and dinner normally costs 1,500 baht, but our participants will receive a special rate of 800 baht if they book and pay online. If we still have tickets available on 29th July, you can purchase the ticket at the registration desk for 1,000 baht. Link to ticket booking page will be available soon.

For more information about Jim Thompson House, please visit


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5. Chulalongkorn University Campus Tour

A free guided tour of Chulalongkorn University is offered, on the morning of 31st July, to those who are interested in exploring the kingdom’s oldest university. Participants will visit CU memorial hall where significant memorabilia are on display, and the faculty of arts’ buildings, known as the “Devalai” (residence of gods), which were built in the ornate style of Sukhothai architecture. Please send an email indicating your interest to