submitted October 2007
fieldwork conducted Sept 2008-June 2009
Stephanie Jo Kent, USA, Communication
Simultaneous Interpretation and Shared Identity in the European Parliament
Multilingualism is touted as a crucial component of the European Union’s (EU) merger of national/cultural identities into one political democracy, yet the skillful use of interpreters is underemphasized in … Read more...
The miracle of the Fulbright grant fieldwork period comes to a close. I shared a last lunch & coffee with friends in the Parliament’s canteen, after spending the last two days securing support from Members for the next action research step. Then I dashed across town to the Flemish Parliament to meet Deaf member Helga Stevens and a couple … Read more...
Conference: Perspectives and Limits
of Dialogism in Mikhail Bakhtin
I had to invent the presentation proposal many months ago . . . I’ve highlighted the phrases in bold that speak most directly to the shaping of the actual presentation.
Language and Simultaneous Interpretation
This presentation conjectures an extension of Bakhtin’s exposition of language via the novel … Read more...
Seventy-five Members of the European Parliament (or, in a few instances, their Assistants) expressed interest in talking with me, and I managed to arrange conversations with fifty-five of them. Nearly half of the MEPs spoke with me twice (23/55), and a handful spoke with me three times (5). If I had been able to get off … Read more...
The music track for the promovideo compiled from last year’s event makes me feel like I’m missing a real party!
what I understood I said then in Italian.”
I didn’t know that one is for writing and
The mood this week is surprisingly calm compared with the frenzy of previous sessions building up to this final session of the Sixth Term of the European Parliament. There are many contentious issues and a huge amount of work – as always – but the hustle and buzz seems subdued.
I’ve been following a particular dossier for the past … Read more...
A post I wrote in February was discovered by l’AIIC (Professional Conference Interpreters Worldwide) and linked to from their Language in the News section:
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Observing communication dynamics at the EP
“The technical orchestration of twenty-three languages performed by Members of the European Parliament and the cadre of Simultaneous Interpreters assigned to generate spontaneous comprehension is nearly seamless.” Read the
A Look at Language and Organizational Creativity”
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“How to make a shared identity in Europe?” Patterns of cultural interaction and, especially, the range of interpretations of these patterns, have profound effects on culture being maintained and co-created by Members of the European Parliament. For instance, are differences of language a
two talks at Heriot Watt
by Stephanie Jo Kent
In addition to the transmission of information, the larger and deepest purpose of simultaneous interpretation is to generate and maintain common culture among people from different cultures.