Situated in Translation at HFBK Hamburg

We will be speaking at the HFBK Hamburg (Germany), framing our work with Decolonising Design within the main topics of the research group “Translating and Framing.” See more info below:

May 18-20, 2017

Processes of media transformation are of central concern in the arts, in popular culture, and in the media industry as well as media studies. The Hamburg-based research group Translating and Framing. Practices of Medial Transformations uses an innovative praxeological approach, by conceptualizing perception and appropriation as forms of “translating” and “framing.” The aim is to build on existing theories toward an expanded media studies, combining research on the arts, media and cultural studies, as well as the social sciences. The interdisciplinary group, established in 2015, consists of seven research projects led by scholars of Universität Hamburg and the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (HFBK).

The second international conference brings together scholars and practitioners working in philosophy, media, and performance and cultural studies whose interventions focus on dynamic processes of cultural transformation in a global context. Taking as our starting point the notion that culture is produced in an ongoing, reciprocal process of framing and translation, we have specifically invited contributions that broaden existing concepts of framing and translating, for instance, by focusing on such diverse phenomena as inter-medial and cross-cultural translations and hybridizations. The spectrum covers a broad range of media including the body and its movement, voice, literature, film, web series, and graphic novels. Pushing beyond traditional notions of media production and reception, we are asking instead in what ways are media not only always already framed and translated expressions of specific, mostly Western cultures, but what other, non-Western and frequently unseen and unheard ways of framing and translating are there?

Concept and Organisation: Astrid Böger, Michaela Ott, Thomas Weber.