ISPS Third Meeting

We are pleased to announce the third annual meeting of the International Society for Polysystem Studies which will be held on October 25-27, 2018 in Barcelona.

The keynote speaker for the conference, which is being sponsored jointly by Trinity College and the Institut de Cultura at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, will be Elías Torres Feijó of the Galabra Research Group at the University of Santiago de Compostela. His talk will be followed by what we hope will be a robust program of roundtable discussions.

Founded in 2015, the International Society for Polysystem Studies is dedicated to strengthening and extending the application of rigorously grounded “relational thinking” to the study of culture. The prime theoretical point of departure for our efforts is the body of cultural theory generated over the last several decades by Itamar Even-Zohar, founder of the Unit of Culture Research at Tel Aviv University.

In keeping with Itamar Even-Zohar’s core emphasis on the inherent dynamism and mutability of culture, the Society has few formal structures. We charge no fees and issue no membership cards. We do ask, however, that you come to our meeting prepared to analyze the enormous cultural heterogeneity of our planet in a spirit of joy and fellowship.

The Organizing Committee (Thomas S. Harrington, Antonio Monegal, Jaume Subirana)

Programme | Participants | Accomodation

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Further reading

References mentioned during the 2017 ISPS seminar:

Thomas S. Harrington

Itamar Even-Zohar

Enric Bou

Nam Fung Chang

Marijan Dović

Jaume Subirana

  • “MapModern (Mapping Hispanic Modernity. Cross-border Literary Networks and Cultural Mediators, 1908-1939)”. Project website

 

ISPS Second Meeting

The goal of the International Society for Polysystem Studies (ISPS) is to create and maintain an open and evolving forum for all those interested in, and dedicated to, the use and promotion of Polysystem Theory.

After last year’s initial step in Reykholt, Iceland, we are now convening the second annual meeting of the ISPS in Levico Terme (Trento, Italy) on October 6th and 7th 2017. At that time professors Thomas S. Harrington and Fulvio Ferrari, distinguished scholars whose work has been strongly influenced by Polysystem Theory, will deliver their keynote speeches and other members of the Society will present updates on their research work. We expect to stage similar celebrations of the study of culture at various points around the globe in the coming years.

This conference is organized in co-operation with the Università di Trento (Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia).

Introduction of Professor José Lambert

Professor José Lambert. Pre- and post-destination
Looking for explanations in culture and complexity

It is a great pleasure and honor to present today Professor José Lambert as our first keynote speaker in what will hopefully become an annual event. We all know José as one of the founding fathers and leading figures of modern Translation Studies that have been flourishing throughout the last four decades or more. Initially a comparatist and a Germanist, José moved very early in his career to developing Translation Studies at Leuven University, which is known until today as a prominent center of this field. He was the founder, back in 1989, of CETRA – the International Center for Translation Studies in Leuven that has since become a powerful canonizing center: today, to be a CETRA professor actually means to be crowned an international respectable figure of translation studies. Back in the late 1980s, Professor Lambert was also the co-founder, together with Gideon Toury, of Target, the uncontested leading journal of Translation Studies to date. But it would be fair to say that all this started with the international conference José organized with colleagues in Leuven in 1976, which event (together with the second conference that followed two years later in Tel Aviv) has become a mythological milestone in the history of this vibrant ever-changing field of study. Itamar Even-Zohar was obviously also there, and so there was also a brilliant PhD student by the name of Gideon Toury – and the rest is history… Continue reading

ISPS First Meeting

The goal of the International Society for Polysystem Studies (ISPS) is to create and maintain an open and evolving forum for all those interested in, and dedicated to, the use and promotion of Polysystem Theory.

As an important initial step in the pursuit of this goal, we are convening the first annual meeting of the ISPS in Reykholt, Iceland on June 28th and 29th 2016. At that time professor Jose Lambert, a distinguished scholar whose work has been strongly influenced by Polysystem Theory, will deliver the first annual Itamar Even-Zohar Lecture. We expect to stage similar celebrations of the study of culture at various points around the globe in the coming years.

This conference is organized in co-operation with the Translation Center of the University of Iceland.