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Translational Materialisms: Mining Metaphors and the Ecopoetics of Overburden

Monday, 20 March 2017, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Translational Materialisms: Mining Metaphors and the Ecopoetics of Overburden

The talk will explore a critical approach to the “mining” metaphor in the language of research and knowledge production in the humanities, foregrounding emergent connections between data-mining and the extractive industries (apparent in slogans like “data is the new oil.”). Questions to be explored: How is the field of translation studies affected by research models of data-mining, themselves informed on the one hand by corporate monolingualism (the language of business outcome measurement and “best practices”) and on the other by the vocabulary of fracking, clear-cutting and mountain-topping?   Is translation (of the world's languages into Globish, or algorithmic code) in becoming increasingly a blunt instrument of monolingualism reducing plurlingualism, to what the extraction industries sometimes refer to as “overburden?” An obstacle to paydirt, or surface material that must be removed in order to extract value? How do we think language (and translation) as a material to be mined (treated as surplus, extra, remainder, and waste) and as a mining practice? The paper will conclude with some thoughts on the ecopoetics of overburden drawing on John Kinsella’s poem “Bulldozer.” 

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
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Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
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Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
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