1st Edition

Translation in Cascading Crises

Edited By Federico Federici, Sharon O'Brien Copyright 2020
    260 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume addresses the imperative need for recognizing, exploring, and developing the role of multilingual communication in crisis settings. It is recognized that 'communication is aid' and that access to communication is an undeniable human right in crises. Even where effective and accurate information is available to be distributed, circulated, and broadcast in different ways through an ever-growing array of technologies, too often the language barrier remains in place.

    From the Philippines to Lebanon via Spain, Italy, Columbia, and the UK, crisis situations occur worldwide, with different cultural reactions and needs everywhere. The contributors of this volume represent a geographical mixture of regions, language combinations, and disciplines, because crisis situations need to be studied in their locale with different methods. Drawing on disaster studies research, this book aims to stimulate a broad, multidisciplinary debate on how complex communication is in cascading crises and on the role translation can play to facilitate communication.

    Translation in Cascading Crises is a key resource for students and researchers of Translation and Interpreting Studies, Humanitarian Studies, and Disaster Studies.


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    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 Cascading Crises: Translation as Risk Reduction Federico M. Federici and Sharon O’Brien

    Part 1: Sample Crisis Settings

    Chapter 2 Crisis Translation in Yemen: Needs and Challenges of Volunteer Translators and Interpreters Khaled Al-Shehari

    Chapter 3 Police Communication across Languages in Crisis Situations: Human Trafficking Investigations in the UK Joanna Drugan

    Chapter 4 Cascading Effects: Mediating the Unutterable Sufferance of Gender-based Violence in Migratory Flows Denise Filmer

    Part 2: Instruments and Support

    Chapter 5 Accessibility of Multilingual Information in Cascading Crises Silvia Rodríguez Vázquez and Jésus Torres-del-Rey

    Chapter 6 Mapping Translation Technology and the Multilingual Needs of NGOs along the Aid Chain Celia Rico Pérez

    Chapter 7 Ethical Considerations on the Use of Machine Translation and Crowdsourcing in Cascading Crises Carla Parra Escartín and Helena Moniz

    Chapter 8 Management and Training of Linguistic Volunteers: A Case Study of Translation at Cochrane Germany Patrick Cadwell, Claudia Bollig, and Juliane Ried

    Part 3: Methods and Data

    Chapter 9 Integrating Language Needs in Disaster Research and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management through Participatory Methods Jake Rom D. Cadag

    Chapter 10 Human Factors in Risk Communication: Exploring Pilot-Controller ‘Communication Awareness’ Bettina Bajaj

    Chapter 11 Intralingual Translation and Cascading Crises: Evaluating the Impact of Semi-Automation on the Readability and Comprehensibility of Health Content Alessandra Rossetti



    Federico M. Federici is an associate professor in Translation Studies at the Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS) at University College London, UK.

    Sharon O’Brien is a professor at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.

    "This comprehensive and much-needed volume brings together a variety of experts to discuss the relation between translation and crises from diverse approaches and perspectives. A must read for anyone with an interest in the role language, communication, interpreting and translation studies can play in situation of crisis, in disaster management, in risk mitigation and reduction and, ultimately, in saving lives."

    Marc Orlando, Monash University, Australia