Book released on Role of Translation in Nation Building

Book Release: Role of Translation in Nation Building 

Jointly published by Modlingua and the Indian Translators Association, the book Role of Translation in Nation Building (edited by Ravi Kumar) looks at how translators have always played a pivotal role in social and cultural change in society and how they continue to play a major role in dissemination of the ever- expanding amounts knowledge and information available today. In our globalized world the demand for translation and language-related services has increased manifold and translation is not only needed for the creation of national identity but has also become an essential tool for keeping pace with the processes of globalization and localization.

Many times we take for granted the translator’s crucial role at the (intra) national level and we are less aware of their equally pivotal place as mediators at the international level and, potentially, in the creation of the even larger and comprehensive global supra-national identities that seem destined to follow in the future.

The book also covers “how translation has played a crucial role in shaping nations not only in the Indian/Asian context but also in the context of Europe, Canada, Africa, Australia and the Arab world”. Hence, in a way, the range of the book encompasses the entire globe. The book also attempts to answer questions like: What role has translation played in nation building in the Indian as well as a global context? How easy or difficult is it to view translation and nation building as a well-gelling couple? Did translation play a role in Turkish modernism movements and the country’s accession to the European Union? Do national conflicts and language politics impact on literary works and translations? How can the media play an effective part in bringing about social change by means of translations? How has translation impacted on the discourse on nationalism and globalization in the Arab world?

The book can be utilized as a reference tool/textbook by students of language learning and its theory, translation studies and literature as well as researchers in areas related to translation, nationalism, globalization, international studies, etc. and teachers of these subjects.