2021 efsli online Conference
4th – 5th September 2021

Interpreter 4.0  – Towards a virtual reality?

Challenging new connections and
human relationships

Challenging new connections and
human relationships

The digital revolution has already and will considerably change the daily working routine of interpreters and translators: machine translation, avatars, connected gloves, artificial intelligence, online dictionary, video interpretation – just to mention a few.

The conference will focus on how digital developments are changing the work of translators and interpreters, how working interpreters are preparing themselves to learn new skills, how interpreting programmes are thinking to prepare future generations of interpreters and how our relationships with interpreting service users will change in the short term.
Through the theme “towards a virtual reality” we propose to consider the place of sign language interpreters amongst those technological evolutions that are transforming our daily lives. Actually, technology does pose a number of challenging questions:

  • Are technological inventions meant to assist or replace interpreters?
  • How can we position ourselves as interpreters to respond to these changes and take full advantage of them and avoid the technological wave taking over us?
  • How does the deaf community view these new technologies? How do they participate in their development in alliance with the interpreter’s community?
  • What impact will 21st century technologies have on those members of both interpreters and deaf communities who have been left on the fringe of digital developments?

Keeping up to the best tradition of efsli conferences, the 2021 efsli’s annual will provide an open-scene for stakeholders and participants from different fields of knowledge: researchers interpreters, translators, trainers, users of new technologies. They will share their experiences and exchange views on the cutting-edge developments in the digital field. Debates will also make it possible to consider what our society will be like in the future and how to make it more inclusive for all citizens.

Join us and be part of this virtual journey!