MINELRES: Mercator Newsletter - No.15, June 2005

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Mercator Newsletter - No.15, June 2005


>From January 2005 the Mercator Common Newsletter is a monthly
newsletter. This way you will be kept informed with more recent and
updated information.

Media News - MM 
Legislation News - ML 

Publications and projects
Soon Bulletin 62 - ML 
Digibybnews - ME 

British Council meeting in Belfast - ME 
IASSIST / IFDO 2005 conference - ME 
International symposium on language minorities organised by Dutch
liberals - ME 

4th Mercator International Symposium

Translation of Culture, Culture of Translation: Languages in Film,
Television and Literature
Aberyswyth, Wales, 26 - 28 October 2005

IV Mercator International Symposium
"Translation of Culture, Culture of Translation: Languages in Film,
Television and Literature"

Dates Announced for the 4th Mercator International Symposium

The 4th Mercator International Symposium will be held on 26, 27 and 28
October 2005 in Aberystwyth, Wales and will have the theme of
"Translation of Culture, Culture of Translation: Languages in Film,
Television and Literature".

Language transfer, which includes, for the purposes of this symposium,
subtitling and dubbing of both film and television as well as literary
translation, is a multi-faceted phenomenon from the point of view of
minority languages. It can be used to disseminate cultures which find
themselves outside the audiovisual and literary ‘mainstream’ and to
maximise audience or reader numbers for minority cultural products.
Moreover, translation into minority languages not only increases the
volume of available material in a marginalised language, but may have a
wider cultural impact and contribute to the development of the language
as a dynamic creative medium. On the other hand, the effect of
‘importing’ cultural references on a large scale may not always be
viewed positively.

This symposium will seek contributions to this discussion from those
active as practitioners and policy-makers in the audiovisual and
literary fields (producers, directors, broadcasters, subtitlers and
dubbers, scriptwriters, publishers, authors, translators) as well as
those concerned with these issues in an academic context. While the
emphasis will be on autochthonous minority languages (that is to say the
languages of groups long-established on their current territory and
using a language other than the primary official language of their state
or a language in some sense socially and/or politically marginalised)
connections may be made with issues of concern to smaller state
languages, migrant languages and cultural production originating from
beyond the metropolitan mainstream. We shall welcome contributions which
make those connections. Key areas of discussion will include (but need
not be limited to):

The politics of translation 
The effects of ‘global’ culture 
Cultural policy and translation 
Language transfer and cultural transfer 
Translation and language planning 
International partnerships 
Digital technology and the internet 
Sign languages in the audiovisual media 
Learners and fluent speakers as audiences/readers 
Children as audience/readers 

Abstracts of approximately 500 words or suggestions for panel
discussions should be sent (as Word files or as plain text within the
e-mail) to george.jones@aber.ac.uk by 1 June 2005. Notification of
acceptance will be sent by 1 July 2005. 

Written abstracts/proposals submitted for consideration will be accepted
in Welsh, English, German or French. Abstracts in other languages can be
considered subject to prior agreement with the organising committee. 

Full details of registration and programme will shortly appear on the
Mercator-Media website http://www.aber.ac.uk/mercator.

News May 2005 (links to the Mercator websites) 
Media News - Mercator-Media 
Mercator Media Seeks Full-time Research Officer [+] 
Irish gains Official Status in Europe [+] 
Launch of Minority Languages Portal [+] 
New Weekly Launched in Breton [+] 
Mercator Media Represented at X International Conference on Minority
Languages [+] 
European Minority Language Dailies Association meets in Lusatia [+] 
Search for Irish-speaking Harry Potter [+] 
Slovenian daily Primosrki Dnevnik celebrates 60th anniversary [+] 
Frisian soap Baas boppe baas mainstreams onto Dutch TV [+] 
New head for Welsh language TV channel [+] 
Scottish Gaelic Television Channel ‘ a Step Closer’ [+] 
Journal on Minorities Resumes Publication [+] 
New CD ROM for learning Breton [+] 
Legislation news - Mercator-Linguistic Rights and Legislation
MEDSF and language diversity[+] 
New piece of minority legislation adopted in Hungary [+] 
2007: European Year for Equal Opportunities [+] 
The European Council of Ministers decices on linguistic minorities
Romanian government approves Ethnic Minorities Law (Divers) [+] 

Soon in the next Bulletin - Mercator-Linguistic Rights and Legislation
The Mercator-Linguistic Rights and Legislation team is already preparing
the Bulletin 62, to be published by mid July. Here is a preview of its
contents, which are being translated into several languages. 

Projects - Digibybnews - Mercator-Education
The pilot project Digital Library on European Minority Languages
finished in April 2005. The final reports have been published in May
2005. DIGIBYB has been a highly interesting and rewarding project. It
provided considerable and significant experiences to be used in the
various fields that the Fryske Akademy and Mercator-Education operate
in. The project has served as a (virtual) meeting point of experts on
different levels and from different disciplines, not only for the Fryske
Akademy, but also on a wider national and international level. [+] 

British Council meeting in Belfast - Mercator-Education 
On Friday 17 June 2005 and Saturday 18 June 2005 the British Council
organised in cooperation with Foras na Gaeilge a meeting in Belfast for
the establishment of a network for those engaged in teaching of (and
teaching through the medium of) lesser used languages. [+] 

IASSIST / IFDO 2005 conference - Mercator-Education  
In the end of May Cor van der Meer of Mercator – Education / Fryske
Akademy participated in the IASSIST / IFDO 2005 conference in Edinburgh,
Scotland. IASSIST is the International Association of Social Science
Information Service & Technology. IFDO is the International Federation
of Data Organisations. [+]  
International symposium on language minorities organised by Dutch
liberals - Mercator-Education  
At June the 2nd and 3rd, the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD; Volkspartij voor
Vrijheid en Democratie) organised an international symposium on language
minorities in “It Aljemint”, the congress centre of the Fryske Akademy
(Frisian Academy), which also houses the Mercator-Education centre. The
symposium was supported by the international Matra-programme. The
participants were representatives of liberal parties from Serbia,
Romania, Hungary, Macedonia, etc. Some of them came from minority
language regions themselves. The main goal of the conference was to
inform the foreign guests about the position of the Frisians in Dutch

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