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Conference Programme:

   Monday 21 June

10.00am Welcome:Steven Wilsonand Piotr Blumczynski (organisers)

10.15am Panel 1. Recalibrations of Language during Covid-19
(Chair: Claudia Angelelli)

Catherine Boyle and Renata Brandão (King’s College London), Worldmaking in the Time of Covid-19. The Challenge of the Local and the Global

Anna Rasokat (University of Cologne), Controversies about an Adequate Language with which to Represent Covid-19 – Deliberate Language Change and the Role of Humanities Experts in Germany

Patrizia Piredda (University of Oxford), War-Metaphors During the Covid-Pandemic. Persuasion and Manipulation

Beatrice Sica(University College London), Covid-19, Language(s), and the Resignification of Space

   12.15pm Lunch

1.15pmPanel 2. Media Discourses of Covid-19
(Chair: Piotr Blumczynski)

Andrea Liebschner (Ural Federal University, Russia), The Language of Covid-19 in the Russian Online Media of the Sverdlovsk Region in Russia

Jack McMartin, Elisa NelissenMichaël Opgenhaffen, and Luc van Doorslaer (KU Leuven), The International Circulation of Science News in the Covid-19 era: Translation and Remediation Practices in Three Flemish Newsrooms

Anthony Pym and Bei Hu(University of Melbourne), Community Trust in Translated Behaviour-Change Communication: Ethics between Academics and the Press

   2.45pm Break

3.15pm Roundtable: Transnational Cultural Responses to Covid-19
(Invited Convenor and Moderator: Marta Arnaldi)

Marta Arnaldi (University of Oxford), COVID-19: A Translational Imagination

Timo Obergöker (University of Chester), ‘Covid-pop’ and Multilingualism

Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University, Houston, Texas), The Visual Language of Covid-19

Steven Wilson (Queen’s University Belfast), Franco-Belgian Covid Graphic Medicine

   4.45pm Break

5.15pm Keynote: Prof. Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool) Translating Cultures, Translating Covid
(Chair: Steven Wilson

6.30pm End of Day 1

   Tuesday 22 June

9.30amPanel 3. Translation and Communication in a Public Health Crisis
(Chair: Piotr Blumczynski)

Demi Krystallidou and Sabine Braun (University of Surrey), Risk Communication during COVID-19 in Linguistically Diverse Communities: Challenges and Ways Forward

Sue-Ann Harding (Queen’s University Belfast), “Stay on Country, Care for Family”: Translating Public Health Messages in Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities during the Covid-19 Global Pandemic

M. Rosario Martín Ruano (University of Salamanca), Understanding COVID through Translation: The Challenges for Intelligibility of/amid a Global Pandemic

   11.00am Break

11.30amPanel 4. (Overcoming) Language Barriers
(Chair: Lorraine Leeson)

Gerardo García Chinchay (Universidad César Vallejo, Peru)
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Claudia Sánchez Tafur (Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón, Peru), The Implementation of the Peruvian Indigenous Languages Interpreting and Translation Centre as a Compliance of Linguistic Rights Strategy in the Peruvian Healthcare System during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Robert Adam and Jemina Napier (Herriot-Watt University), (Lack of) Access to Government Covid-19 Public Health Information in BSL: What was the Prophylactic Effect on the British Deaf Community?

Karolien Gebruers, Lien Vermeire and Jaron Garitte (KU Leuven), “Finally It Was Time to Provide a Deaf Interpreter”. A Multiparty Perspective on the Provision of Signed Language Interpreters at the COVID-19 Press Briefings in Belgium

   1.00pm Lunch

1.45pm Panel 5. The Rhetoric of Disease
(Chair: Steven Wilson)

Loic Bourdeau (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and V. Hunter Capps (SUNY Buffalo, New York), SARS-CoV-2 and Discursive Inoculation: Lessons from HIV/AIDS

Wanrug Suwanwattana (Thammasat University, Thailand), Between Global and National(ism): Covid-19 in Thai Public Health Discourse

Marlon James Sales (University of Michigan), A Lockdown by Any Other Name…: Populist Rhetoric as a Translation Strategy in Duterte’s Philippines

   3.15pm Break

3.30pm Panel 6. Linguistic Prophylaxis
(Chair: Sue-Ann Harding)

Emilie Garrigou-Kempton (Pomona College, Claremont, California), Into the Tower of Babel: Learning from the Challenges of Multilingualism during a Pandemic

Ruqaya Sabeeh Al-Taie (University of Basra, Iraq), The Role of Prophylactic Language Used by Cartoonists in Enhancing the Understanding of Covid-19

Li Li (University of East Anglia), The Languages of Covid-19 and Maternity: A Complex and Shared Responsibility

   5.00pm Break

5.30pmConcluding Roundtable
(Moderator: Piotr Blumczynski)

Reflections from Claudia V. Angelelli, Marta Arnaldi, Charles Forsdick and Lorraine Leeson, followed by general discussion.

6.30pm End of Conference

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This project is funded by The British Academy

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