Challenges of Translating Malay Poetry: A Roundtable Discussion
Featuring: Abdul Rahman Basrun, Alfian Sa'at, Dr Sa’eda Buang
Moderator: Bashir Basalamah
Poetry is one of the most subjective and creative forms of expression. In translating poetry, a translator has to deal with linguistic, literary and aesthetic, and socio-cultural challenges. How does a translator deal with culturally-specific metaphors? How can a translator ensure that the innate lyricism of a poem is retained? What are a translator's priorities when transforming a poem from one language to another. Are all poetry translations acts of transcreation? A panel of experts share their experiences and insights on translating poetry between Malay and English.
This programme is co-organised by the Malay Heritage Foundation. It will be in Malay and English.
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Bashir Basalamah began his translation and interpreting career in the civil service, learning the craft on the job in the Judiciary before joining the Parliament as staff interpreter. Since turning freelance, he has gained the Australian NAATI Professional Translator accreditation, admission to the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC), and membership of the American and the Malaysian Translators Associations. He is a founding member of BAHTERA, an Indonesian translation e-group of about 2500 members, as well as the smaller Malay translation e-group TERAJU. He has now found a new interest in the training and professional development of translators and interpreters. He feels privileged to conduct PD workshops for colleagues in the Judiciary and, as an Associate of SIM University, enjoys teaching translation and interpreting to a new generation of potential linguists.
DR SA’EDA BUANG
Dr Sa’eda binte Buang, a Senior Lecturer, has joined the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, NIE since 1 July 2001. Dr Sa’eda received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts from the National University of Singapore, and Doctor of Philosophy from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She obtained her Diploma in Education from the the Nanyang Technological University/National Institute of Education.
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