Call for Papers

FIT (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs/International Federation of Translators) is an international grouping of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists. Over 120 professional associations and training institutions are affiliated to FIT, representing more than 80,000 practitioners in 60 countries. The goal of the Federation is to promote professionalism in the disciplines it represents; it constantly seeks to improve conditions for the profession everywhere, and to uphold translators’, interpreters’ and terminologists’ rights and freedom of expression.

Every three years, FIT invites the industry to an international congress. Following successful events in Shanghai in 2008 and San Francisco in 2011, Germany’s Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ – Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e. V.) is delighted to be hosting the professional world in Berlin as the organiser of the XXth FIT World Congress, scheduled for 4–6 August 2014.

Around the theme

Man vs. Machine?
The Future of Translators, Interpreters and Terminologists

talks, panel discussions and workshops – as well as a trade fair, networking platform and jobs exchange – will bring together agents, agencies, university teachers, software tool providers, students and professional translators, interpreters and terminologists from across the world.

In a world that is increasingly ‘connected’, and where multilingualism is becoming the norm, as it has long been in Europe, translators and interpreters serve as vital links. In order to deliver translation and interpreting services at the necessary speed, they are under pressure to acquire an extensive range of expert knowledge in addition to the in-depth linguistic expertise and the specific skill-sets related to translation and interpreting.

Translators and interpreters do not play a central role only in business and the economy. Global mobility and migration streams mean that language professionals are needed to build bridges between cultures too, facilitating communication and understanding, helping to meld different groups and bring about a shared sense of community, so fostering fundamental human rights.

What form will the work of translators, interpreters and terminologists take in the future? What challenges will they face? How will international market demands affect their services? How will individual national markets change?

All those interested in engaging with these questions are invited to submit proposals for presentations, workshops and panel discussions dealing with the following topics by 31 July 2013:

• Translators, interpreters and terminologists – careers demanding a diverse range of expertise
e.g. translation technology, terminology work, research expertise, business competencies, translation and interpreting in a wide range of specialist disciplines, literary (book) translation, intercultural competency, post-editing, audiovisual translation

• How translation and interpreting contribute to safeguarding human rights
e.g. community interpreting, intercultural understanding, court interpreting, medical interpreting, interpreting in crisis and war zones

• Professional practice and the rights of translators, interpreters and terminologists
e.g. professional ethics, standards and norms, fees, copyright and intellectual property, security and freedom of expression for translators and interpreters, crowd translation, transcreation

• Teaching and research in the field of translation, interpreting and terminology work
e.g. didactic methods, general education vs. specialist education, CPD, IT tools in training, TRAFUT, language industry studies

If you would like to share and present your knowledge and experience, please submit an abstract of up to 1,000 characters on the website by 31 July 2013.

The conference languages are German, English and French. The following formats are available:

• Presentations (max. 30 minutes); there will be a period for questions and discussion at the end of each block of presentations, if time allows

• Panel discussions (90 minutes)

• Workshops (90 or 180 minutes)

Proposals will be selected in two stages: First, all interested industry professionals will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite proposals on the congress website. Thereafter a committee of experts comprising practising professionals and university teachers will make the final selection.

All accepted presentations will be included in a volume of proceedings, which will be available at the congress.

We will inform you by 15 November 2013 whether your proposal has been accepted. On 1 December 2013 a detailed conference programme will be made available. To be included in the conference proceedings, final versions of the presentations must be submitted by 31 March 2014.

For more information, e-mail us at

Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs (FIT) / International Federation of Translators (FIT)

Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e. V. (BDÜ) – local host

Berlin, 1 January 2013