Prof Liah Greenfeld
The Awareness of cultural and civilizational differences and its implication on research in various disciplines
23 October 2018 14:00-15:30
E0311, 3/F, Block E, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK
This workshop will discuss the implications of cultural and civilizational differences on the study and research directions in various academic disciplines in humanities and social sciences. The possibility of the translatability of cultures and cross-cultural understanding is often overestimated as it is popularly assumed that the perception of reality is universal. This workshop addresses the fundamental conditions which defines the subject matter of humanities and social sciences, and thus invoke reflection upon the directions of intellectual pursuits undertaken by academics of said disciplines.
The Translatability of Culture
26 October 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Lu Sin Lecture Theatre (D0309), 3/F, Block D, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK
The lecture will address the nature of culture and the place of language in culture, stressing its centrality as the chief medium of communication, the medium of thinking, and the medium of transmission, tradition, translation (including cross-cultural translation). At the same time, it will emphasize that no culture can be reduced to language, and thus cannot be fully expressed in it, which limits the possibilities of the translatability of cultures and cross-cultural understanding. It then will consider the question to which extent the problem is exacerbated when translations need to make mutually understandable not simply different cultures but different civilizations, as do translations from English into Chinese and from Chinese into English.