Jemina Napier, first confirmed guest speaker
We would like to welcome to our first confirmed guest speaker, Jemina Napier, a specialist on sign language and communication from Heriot-Watt University.
Professor Jemina Napier is a well-known name both in the field of spoken language and sign language interpreting and, if the EST22 were to take place today, her primary focus for her talk would be the value of interdisciplinary and community participatory approaches to the study of interpreting. Let´s hope that does not change in a year from now!
Her primary research interest at the moment are child language brokering in deaf-hearing families and comparing professional and non-professional interpreting strategies.
Other important topics to her are linguistics, gender equality and social justice.
Napier is Chair of Intercultural Communication in the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland where she is also Director of the Centre for Translating & Interpreting Studies in Scotland. Besides these commitments and being a productive researcher, she is an interpreter and interpreter trainer as well.
Professor Hilde Haualand from the section of sign language and interpreting at Oslo Metropolitan University wants to welcome Jemina Napier to Oslo and highlights her contribution to strengthen the interpreting profession with her perspectives on interpreting across various modalities and settings. Professor Haualand says that Napier's research opens for discussions about the core facets of interpreting, which goes beyond the settings and modality veils.
Oslo is looking forward to having Professor Jemina Napier as one of the guest lecturers at the EST2022 Congress – Advancing translation studies. Hopefully there will be no travel restrictions and the way to Norway is easily found – even if the first place Napier would chose to go after restriction is the family destination – Canary Islands!