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NY Symposium - Call for Papers



A symposium on raising the bar in professionalism, quality of service, remuneration, and working conditions

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
John Jay College of Criminal Justice | City University of New York
524 West 59th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The event is free, but you must RSVP to:

We are pleased to announce our second annual symposium on professionalization in translation and interpreting under the auspices of the New York Circle of Translators (NYCT), the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA), the Association of Language Interpreters of Greater New York (ALIGNY), and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.

Morning plenary session will feature:

  • An overview of the translation and interpretation industries
  • Stories from experienced translators and interpreters: training, credentials, getting started, challenges, success stories

Afternoon breakout sessions will address current and ongoing areas of concern in the specific fields of translation, legal/court interpreting, and healthcare interpreting. Local and regional spokespeople will present their experiences, research on best practices, and recommendations for raising the bar in the future.

An ending plenary session will summarize the major conclusions of the day and provide attendees with resources for further steps in professionalization.

Email to reserve your spot. Remember to bring government-issued photo ID for lobby security checks.

Please note that the call for papers for this symposium is still open. We are specifically looking for papers on the topics of working conditions, remuneration, training, and certification for the purpose of raising professional standards and demanding recognition of our current professionalism. The call is extended to all language professionals, researchers, agency staff, policymakers, and administrators. Click here to see the agenda and line-up of speakers from last year's symposium, held at Hunter College | CUNY.

Those interested in submitting abstracts should send the proposals to: by Monday, May 9, 2016 (11:59 PM EDT) with summaries of the content of their proposed presentations (300 word maximum), presenter bios (200 word maximum), and contact information. Collaborative presentations are welcome.

Candidates will need to travel to the symposium venue, and no travel fare or accommodation will be provided.

If you have questions regarding submissions, please email

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