A Question of Communication: The Role of Public Service Interpreting in the Migrant Crisis
The editors of The European Legacy have expressed their interest in publishing a Special Issue on A Question of Communication: The Role of Public Service Interpreting in the Migrant Crisis, guest edited by Dr. Michal Schuster, the University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa and Dr. Lluís Baixauli-Olmos, University of Louisville (USA). The Special Issue will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Miriam Shlesinger (1947-2012).
- Current challenges of language accessibility in Europe
- Language policy for accessibility and integration of migrants and asylum seekers
- Interpreter training and education, particularly for emerging languages
- Recruiting strategies/methods
- Turning interpreters into cultural mediators
- The use of new technologies in interpreting and translation in public services
- Cooperation between different sectors: public, private, academic and non-governmental
- If you would like to contribute an article (6000-8000 words) to the Special Issue, please send an abstract (150 words) to Dr. Michal Schuster, at email@example.com, by January 10, 2017.
Submissions will be evaluated by the guest editors before being accepted for publication. Deadline for submission of papers: April 10, 2017.
Edna Rosenthal, Editor
Michal Schuster, Guest Editor
Lluís Baixauli-Olmos, Guest Editor
Appeal for Necmiye Alpay
An Open Letter to The Hon. John McCallum, P.C., M.P.
The Hon. John McCallum, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada 365 Laurier Avenue West
Dear Minister McCallum,
The undersigned, representing over 120,000 translators and interpreters in Canada and across the globe, are deeply concerned about the fate of our colleagues who served the Canadian forces in Afghanistan at great personal risk. A number of these linguists now find themselves left behind or stranded in European refugee camps fearing deportation to a homeland where they are targeted as traitors by insurgents. We urge you to recognize the dangers they face and the moral imperative to grant them asylum.
We trust you remember the harrowing story and treacherous journey of James Akam, who was granted asylum in Canada because you took a personal interest. The successful resettlement of Mr. Akam, however, should not remain an exception; there are others like him still waiting for protective visas, and they are equally deserving.
While we are grateful for Canada’s Special Immigration Measures program that was in effect until September 2011, many interpreters were unable to submit their applications by that deadline. Now, their only choice is to go through existing immigration channels, as suggested by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) spokesman Rémi Larivière. However, this represents a particular hardship for them because of the perils of openly traveling in their home country; a general lack of resources; the challenges of the application process, including proof of persecution, which is often difficult to procure; and myriad other obstacles.
In talking with Afghan interpreters in both Afghanistan and Europe, we learned that they have great difficulty navigating the Canadian visa process despite the automated online help center. As such, if the only option for interpreters is to apply under established programs, we consider it essential that a point person be designated at the IRCC to assist them with their applications. Alternatively, the Special Immigration Measures program could be revived for a brief period to fast-track your linguist allies, or a similar measure instituted.
Although we understand that your country is dealing with a major influx of refugees from Syria, we hope you will prioritize linguists who have put their lives on the line alongside Canadian soldiers. As an international community of language professionals, we respectfully ask you to implement a policy that expedites visas for all your left-behind interpreters. We thank you in advance.
Maya Hess, President, Red T
Linda Fitchett, Chair, Con ict Zone Group, International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) Henry Liu, President, International Federation of Translators and Interpreters (FIT)
Aurora Humarán, President, International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) Angela Sasso, President, Critical Link International (CLI)
Debra Russell, President, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI)
Elena Mozhaeva, Regional Secretary, AIIC Canada
Ashley Campbell, President, Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC)
Michel Parent, Chair, FIT North America
Golnaz Aliyarzadeh, President, Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) Réal Paquette, Président, Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ)
Cc: Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
Beyond Limits in Public Service Interpreting and Translating (Community Interpreting & Translation)
6-8 March 2017
The University of Alcalá (UAH) (Madrid, Spain) through the FITISPos (Training and Research in Public Service Interpreting and Translation) Research Group, are pleased to announce 6th International Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translating (PSIT6) which will be held from 6th to 8th of March 2017.
The main objective of this international conference is to continue the work of dialogue and exchange of experiences and projects carried out in previous conferences. The Beyond Limits in Public Service Interpreting and Translation theme aims to reflect on expanding the limits of public service translation and interpreting.
PSIT will be structured in two parts
- Seminars/workshops dedicated to practical aspects applied to Public Services Interpreting and Translation (PSIT).
- The actual conference. The conference will include plenary lectures, communications, posters and round tables.
We look forward to receiving contributions on the following areas, but not exclusively:
- Analysis of progress on collaboration between PSIT and institutions and / or the work market.
- Ethical conflicts in the practice, research and teaching of PSIT.
- Innovation and technological advances applied to PSIT.
- Localization, post-editing and automatic translation applied to PSIT.
- Professionalization of PSIT in different fields (education, health, legal settings) and the role of the translator/interpreter in different institutions.
- Public Services Interpreting and / or Mediation.
- Teaching and learning of I&T in different areas (education, health, administrative and legal settings).
Important dates to remember
- Reception of abstracts (400-500 words, not including references): by October 15th 2016. - Acceptance/rejections of contributions: by December 15th 2016.
Click here for further information.
Directora del Master Universitario CI&TISP, miembro EU DGT EMT Universidad de Alcalá
Dept Filología Moderna
C/ Trinidad, 3
28801- ALCALA DE HENARES, Spain
Telf +34 918855309
CLI moves into an exciting time as we celebrate the past 3 years and look forward to the next...
On June 30th, Critical Link International will be voting in their new Board of Directors for 2016 - 2019. As we are excited to bring together the next phase of motivated Directors, we would like to thank our amazing and dedicated team from 2013 - 2016. Over the past 3 years, we have been able to bring together a pool of talent and skill to move the vision of Critical Link International forward. Without their work, vision and dedication, we would not be where we are today. With a lot of gratitude, we would like to thank the following Directors:
Elizabeth Abraham, Vice President
Bonnie Heath, Past President
Pascal Rillof, European Representative
Christopher Stone, Communications Committee
As we bid farewell, we are also very excited to announce our slate for the following 3 years. We have returning Directors, who will help move forward initiatives and dialogue that we have been involved in and a few new fresh faces that will bring new ideas and partnerships to the organization.
We are proud to announce the 2016 slate for Board of Directors:
Angela Sasso brings over two decades of experience in community interpreting to her position as President of Critical Link International (CLI) and her work as Director of Shifting Pictures. As a member of CLI since 2008, and in her current position as President, Angela has advocated tirelessly to promote and strengthen the community interpreting profession and quality access to care for minority language speakers since 1989.
Kiran Malli, Director of the Provincial Language Service at PHSA, has worked in the area of multicultural access and cultural competency since 1990 and has been specializing in access to health care for limited English proficiency patients for many years. Kiran has been a member of the Critical Link International board since 2008 and was the Organizing Committee Chair for 2009 Critical Link Canada Conference Global Voices, Local Results.
With a background in teaching intercultural communication in medical field, Naoko Ono has a career as translator and interpreter, educator and researcher in medical field. She is currently working on a number of research projects on health communication and medical interpreting. Naoko has been a contributing member on the board for Critical Link International since 2014.
Michal Schuster is a researcher and trainer in the field of public service interpreting and cultural competence in Israel. Her fields of interests include language accessibility, language policy, linguistic landscape and academic service learning. She is a lecturer at Bar Ilan University (Israel) and also a research associate at the University of the Free State (Republic of South Africa). Michal has been on the board of Critical Link International since 2013 and a member of the Research and Development committee.
Maria Aguilar Solano
Maria Aguilar Solano, is a professor of interpreting at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She has a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies and her area of expertise is related to community- based interpreting. Maria is actively involved in the community and provides training to local NGOs. Maria has been a contributing member on the Board for Critical Link International since 2014
Lluís Baixauli-Olmos works as an Assistant Professor at University of Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests include: public service interpreting, cognition of interpreters, intercultural communication, professional ethics, moral philosophy, the sociology of professions. Luis has been an active board member with Critical Link International since 2013.
New Nominees for Board of Directors
Maria Wattne is a long term member of Critical Link International with a strong commitment to community interpreting. Maria’s focus has been on the professionalization of Norwegian interpreters, and has been actively involved in advancing their professional interests. For the last 9 years, she has been the communications executive for Norway's largest union, and for the the past five years focused on web based media. Originally an interpreter and a qualified journalist, Maria is currently working at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, piloting a new, oral bilingual screening test for aspiring interpreters of Norwegian.
Paola Gentile, Ph.D., is a researcher in Interpreting Studies at the University of Trieste. Her Ph.D. research investigated the self-perceived professional status of conference and public service interpreters with two questionnaires which obtained 1693 responses worldwide. Her research interests include: sociology of the professions, the status of the interpreting profession and the professionalization of conference and public service interpreting, the interpreter’s social role, language rights and interpreting as a human right.
Esther M. Navarro-Hall
We look forward to the Annual General Meeting on June 30th, to introduce the slate and move their nomination forward. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors or nominating a deserving member of the community, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time in history, the global interpreting community can view a CLI Conference session
For the first time in the history of Critical Link, one of its conference sessions will be streamed live. The session chosen is the final panel discussion of the Critical Link 8 Conference (“Future- proofing interpreting and translating: The road ahead”), which will be chaired by Prof. Franz Pochhacker, of the University of Vienna.
CLI8 live streaming time
Between 15:45 and 17:15 (GMT+1) on Friday, 1st July, people from all over the world who did not have the chance to attend the conference will be able to go online and watch the session develop. What is more, they can also play an active role and inform the discussion by submitting questions in advance through an online questionnaire that will be disseminated to relevant organisations and individuals, and also by participating in a live chat as the panel addresses the issues that are raised.
The thrust behind this initiative was to afford interested parties who could not join us in Edinburgh the opportunity to delve into key concerns that may have been brought up in the course of the Critical Link 8 sessions and to open up new avenues for dialogue. We particularly welcome contributions from people whose countries do not yet have well-established translation and/or interpreting policies or practices, newcomers to the professions and early-career researchers.
Whether it is in person or virtually, we look forward to welcoming you in Edinburgh! Follow us on Twitter @CriticalLink8 with the hashtag #CritcalLink8 and Facebook at CriticalLink8.
Dr. Raquel de Petro Ricoy
Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
President Angela Sasso gives a special thank you to our Board Members
It’s just around the corner! Before you know it, we will have all gathered for CLI8. Close to 400 attendees will be present in Edinburgh, Scotland for 4 days of stimulating presentations, conversation and learning. As President of Critical Link International, I want to thank the two Board members that have represented CLI on the CLI8 organizing committee – Elizabeth Abraham and Bonnie Heath. Both Elizabeth and Bonnie will be stepping down from the CLI Board of Directors this year after having dedicated their time and energy for years to the growth and evolution of CLI. Bonnie will be stepping down from her position as Past President and has been a critical member of the CLI Board since 2003, well before her being elected as President in 2010, and guided the shift from CL Canada to CL International. Thank you Bonnie. Elizabeth Abraham joined the CLI Board of Directors in 2010, at the cusp of the organization’s change and despite some personal challenges, has continued to work tirelessly for the organization. I thank you both and we will miss you.
Although Elizabeth and Bonnie were the official representatives to the CLI8 organizing committee, the work did not stop with them. I would like to thank Kiran Malli, our Treasurer, for picking up some substantial tasks such as guiding the process for Expressions of Interest and the Request for Proposals for Critical Link 9 (host will be announced at CLI8) overseeing the AGM and the Strategic Planning, in addition to her regular Treasurer duties. Thank you to all.
Be sure to find us at the Critical Link table and to join us at our Annual General Meeting to find out more about KLIC – the KnowledgeLinkIC – a global information hub for interpreting in the community. KLIC was developed to promote free exchange of International Council for the Development of Community Interpreting information and research, foster the growth of studies in the field, and increase the visibility of academic activities and contributions internationally. Thank you to Michal Schuster and Lluis Baixauli Olmos as the Research and Development Committee team members that brought KLIC to fruition.
In addition to those Board members mentioned here, I would also like to thank Maria Aguilar-Solano, Christopher Stone, Pascal Rillof and Naoko Ono for their ongoing work and support. While many of our current Board members will continue to stand, there are a few positions to fill at the upcoming AGM. To that end, Critical Link is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors and we are asking you, our membership, to nominate yourselves or a colleague. We have already received several submissions and the Executive Committee will be making a final decision before the CLI AGM on Thursday, June 30. Consider becoming a more active member of the CLI community.
As a final note, I hope that you have all had an opportunity to comb through the Conference Program and have started planning your conference strategy. There are so many exciting presentations that it is always an exciting experiment trying to fit it all in, and also save time for the networking. I would like to thank all of the members of the Herriot-Watt Organizing Committee, and in particular Christine W L Wilson, Chair of Critical Link 8 Organizing Committee, for their hard work and time towards coordinating yet another wonderful CLI experience.
...until we meet in Scotland
Congratulations to Young Joe, a Korean/English interpreter working in Community and Healthcare settings
Young Joe has become the first in Canada to become a Certified Medical Interpreter. She has worked as an interpreter, primarily in healthcare, for over 10 years and is a passionate advocate of access to healthcare and the professionalization of community and healthcare interpreting. Young Joe founded Bilinguals International as a vehicle to champion the continued professionalization of the profession. She is currently working on a campaign for a Federal e-petition that would be tabled in the House of Commons. She has the full support and backing of MP Jenny Kwan and is working with the local Canadian contingent of CLI and other local businesses and organizations such as The Interpreters' Lab.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We will soon meet again and catch up on all of the exciting new initiatives and projects we have been involved in since we were last together in Toronto. CLI conferences are the foremost, globally relevant, community/public service interpreting events. All of us coming together to share ideas, learn and shape the future. Very exciting!
In 1992 Critical Link began with a mandate that it still holds dearly today, to promote and advance the field and profession of community interpreting. Over the years, that commitment has worn different hats; at times focusing on research and study to better understand what the role is, at other times, informing and educating service users to work better with interpreters; and yet at other moments focusing on policy development.
As these efforts continue, Critical Link is also taking on a new challenge, to refocus the attention back on the very vital core of our community, the practitioner, without whom community interpreting would not exist. The role of the community interpreter greatly evolved since the early beginnings, and it continues to do so. But it is at this juncture in the evolution, in the light of recent studies on working conditions and the development of global standards, that a central question remains; has the position of the community interpreter advanced at all from perspective of the practitioner?
As the profession advances in infantry square formation, are we losing foot soldiers along the way? Our successes have been many - the advancement of curricula, technological platforms, policies, standards and certifications - and yet community interpreters continue to be badly remunerated, work under demanding conditions and are fragmented as freelancers without a unified body. At a global level, we hear stories of outsourcing, deteriorating working conditions and reversion to voluntary services. As a profession, we must turn a unified gaze onto this reality. This is the focus that CLI wishes to advance.
It is my hope that this discussion will continue among those of us who are champions of this profession, and who are passionate and engaged. To that end, I would like to invite you all to the panel on Working Conditions and Public Service Interpreters - The State of the Field from the Perspective of the Interpreter on Day One of CLI8. Four panelists will provide an overview of a regional picture and Paola Gentile will begin the panel with an overview of her recent global survey. It is my hope that we stimulate a dialogue that will take us well past July 1 and into a new future for community interpreters.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Edinburgh, Scotland in a few weeks
Critical Link International