ALTA Conference call for panels and readings

November 16-19, Kansas City, Missouri
DEADLINE: April 25, 2011

The Local Organizing Committee welcomes suggestions for panels, workshops, and other fabulous events for the 2011 ALTA annual conference that will be held at the InterContinental Hotel at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, the area’s premier dining and shopping district.

The hotel is in easy walking distance from the architecturally stunning Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Toy and Miniature Museum adjacent to the University of Missouri campus.  From world famous barbecue to entertainment in historic Westport and the Power & Light District, to the New Performing Arts Center scheduled to open this Fall, to Kansas City’s amazing jazz history at the 18th and Vine district, you will find plenty to entertain you.

You’ll also find that our city’s central location makes it a quick flight from just about anywhere across the nation.

Some topics from the past included:

  • How to increase the “visibility” of translators
  • Translating Humor
  • Regional translation groups-how to start one
  • How to write translation reviews
Translation topic possibilities:

  • Translation from indigenous languages
  • Workshops on translating poetry, fiction, music, children’s literature, either with all languages in the same workshop or divided by language

If you have an idea for a single presentation but may not know what kind of panel it might fit on, contact us and we’ll see what we can arrange.

The deadline for panel proposals is *APRIL 25, 2011.*

Please also keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Panels usually consist of a 10- to 15-minute presentation by each panelist, followed by an open discussion, which is often a crucial component and should not be overlooked.
  • Panelists should not read papers, but rather present their topic in an engaging, communicative fashion.
  • Time limits must be enforced by the moderator. The schedule is carefully planned and depends on panelists and moderators sticking to their allotted times. If a panel generates keen debate, moderators may suggest continuing the discussion during a lunch or coffee break, or after the conference via e-mail.
  • Moderators should also keep in mind the possibility of working up the panel, and subsequent discussions, into an article for publication Translation Review or other journals.
  • Moderators and their panelists do not have to be ALTA members; however, they are required to register for the conference.
  • After topic approval, participant bios (which the moderator submits with his/her proposal) must be no more than 50 words, otherwise they will be arbitrarily cut.
Alexis Levitin will once again organize the Bilingual Reading series.  If you wish to participate, please contact him between September 1st and September 12th directly at or (518) 564-2426.

Questions? Suggestions? E-mail the Local Organizing Committee (which includes Silvia Kofler and Pam Carmell) at:



About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. Pronouns: they/them.
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