News Translation in a Global Context: Dr. Kaniklidou’s guest lecture at the University of North Carolina

14 November 2016, 12:00 am

Dr. Kaniklidou’s guest lecture at the University of North CarolinaDr. Themis Kaniklidou, Assistant Professor of Translation at Hellenic American University, delivered a guest lecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) on November 2, 2016. The lecture, organized by UNC's Department of Languages & Culture Studies, explored news translation in the global context.

The global news flow, Dr. Kaniklidou noted, generates a vast quantity of stories, but only some are selected to be translated in the local language. While there may be practical reasons for a particular selection, such as the article being too long or short, other factors come into play, such as the profile of the media outlet's readership or audience. Furthermore, her research revealed that in many cases, the translated version of items selected for publication in the local language diverged considerably from the original—in some cases, the target text became a loose paraphrase of the source text.

In the researcher's view, the processes involved in both selection and translation reveal a particular irony: while the increase in the volume of news translation is often seen as a characteristic example of globalization, a process of "moving news across borders" in her words, the particular needs and features of the local culture remain quite marked.

Image: Dr. Kaniklidou's guest lecture at the University of North Carolina