Translating and interpreting are unpredictable social practices framed by historical, ethical, and political constraints. Using the concepts of situatedness and performativity as anchors, the authors examine translation practices from the perspectives of identity performance, cultural mediation, historical reframing, and professional training. As such, the chapters focus on enacted events and conditioned practices by exploring production processes and the social, historical, and cultural conditions of the field. These outlooks shift our attention to social and institutionalized acts of translating and interpreting, considering also the materiality of bodies, artefacts, and technologies involved in these scenes.
Marie-France Guénette is assistant professor of translation studies in the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Translation at Université Laval. Raquel Pacheco Aguilar is postdoctoral researcher in translation studies and member of the research group ‘Politics of Translation’ at the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.