2nd Edinburgh Interpreting Research Summer School an overwhelming success
Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) at Heriot-Watt hosted the second Edinburgh Interpreting Research Summer School (EIRSS) from 30 June - 4 July 2014.
EIRSS 2014 offered intensive training in interpreting research to 17 established and emerging scholars, as well as practitioners, from all over the world in all fields of interpreting, in spoken as well as signed languages. Nine countries and four continents were represented. Interaction was rich and extensive, as participants exchanged knowledge and explored future collaborations. British Sign Language interpreters and note-takers worked intensively during the five-day event to facilitate communication between participants, presenters and staff.
We were privileged to have Professor Barbara Moser-Mercer (University of Geneva) and Professor Franz Pöchhacker (University of Vienna) as guest speakers this year. Both are world-leading figures in interpreting research and they gave lectures on current approaches to research in Conference Interpreting and in Public Service Interpreting respectively. SML’s Professor Graham Turner gave the third lecture in this year’s EIRSS on Current Research Priorities in Sign Language Interpreting, as well as a seminar on Working with the Industry and Communities.
The five-day programme also included seminars on research design and methods by the two guest speakers, as well as by Professor Claudia Angelelli, Professor Jemina Napier and Dr Svenja Wurm. Dr Katerina Strani led a seminar on how to construct a literature review. Catherine Ure, Linda Kerr and Linsey Dickson provided further sessions on literature search, maximising impact and sources of funding, respectively. On the last day, participants had the chance to showcase their own research through posters and oral presentations on the final day. There was a good level of discussion following the feedback which was provided by members of LINCS. A Facebook group was created for participants to stay in touch and establish collaborations.
EIRSS has provided an outstanding opportunity for research collaboration and intensification among young and emerging scholars in the field of interpreting research.Prof Máiréad Nic Craith
Feedback from participants, as well as from the academic community, has been extremely positive. Once again this year we have been urged to establish the EIRSS as an annual research training event. Both Professor Moser-Mercer and Professor Pöchhacker praised the EIRSS for its uniqueness. Professor Máiréad Nic Craith, SML’s Director of Research, remarked: “The EIRSS has provided an outstanding opportunity for research collaboration and intensification among young and emerging scholars in the field of interpreting research. The organisers are to be congratulated on facilitating this highly successful, international summer school with a clear focus on the ever-growing demand for enhanced research skills.”
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