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News Discourse and Translation Conference

University of Nottingham Ningbo China, June 20th – 21st, 2019


We are pleased to announce a conference under the theme “News Discourse and Translation” scheduled to take place on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June 2019 at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, hosted by the School of English.  

News Discourse and Translation

In contexts of globalization (or de-globalization), news discourse plays an indispensable role by disseminating meaning that is manufactured, constructed, or negotiated by news workers over the course of presentation or representation.

With Industry 4.0 in place, featuring “smart things” on various fronts, the amount of data to be processed has increased exponentially. This new era characterized by highly interactive and customized news stories further enforces changes in the way news discourse to be perceived and consumed.

Furthermore, translation has facilitated the instantaneity of news flow around the world by simultaneously addressing members of different linguistic and cultural communities through the Internet or mobile apps. It will undoubtedly serve to intensify or reduce or mediate the opposition and interaction between the global and the local.

Against this backdrop, news dissemination manifested in news discourse calls for investigations from the academia from more perspectives with more interdisciplinary approaches.    

Call for papers

We invite contributions from researchers working within any theoretical or methodological or practical perspectives who are interested in the intersection between news media, discourse, language, translation, culture and communication to this conference. You may have 20-minute oral presentations that report original research related to the following themes of the conference which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Globalization or localization of news discourse
  • News discourse and interaction
  • Linguistic approaches to news language
  • Discourse analysis of news story
  • News discourse and context
  • News discourse and intercultural communication
  • News translation
  • News translation and technology
  • News translation and pedagogy 

Keynote speakers

 Dr. Chris Chi-Chiang Shei, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, Swansea University, UK

 Dr. Stella Chia, Associate Professor in Media and Journalism, City University of Hong Kong 

 Dr. Xiaoge Xu, Associate Professor in Media and Communication Studies, UNNC

 Dr. Wei Cheng, Professor in Media Translation Studies, Beijing International Studies University 

 Dr. Pan Li, Professor in Media Translation Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

Submission of abstracts

Anonymous abstracts not exceeding 300 words in length (excluding references) must be sent to Names and affiliation of the author(s) should be included in the accompanying email.

Note: Selected works will be invited to submit the full paper for publication in an edited volume to be proposed to world leading publisher such as Routledge after the conference.

Deadline for abstract submission:      19 April 2019

Notification sent to applicants:           26 April 2019

Note: Selected works will be invited to submit the full paper for publication in an edited volume to be proposed to world leading publisher such as Routledge after the conference.

Registration and payment

 Regular 600 RMB                                                                         
 Student 300 RMB

Please click here to register

Payment methods

1) Pay by TT transfer to the following bank account:


Bank Name: Bank of China Ningbo Branch              收款银行:中国银行宁波市分行

Bank Address: 139 YaoHang Street Ningbo China    银行地址:中国宁波药行街139号

Swift code: BKCHCNBJ92A

Bank Account Name: The University of Nottingham Ningbo China    帐户名:宁波诺丁汉大学

Bank Account Number: 376658330575           银行账号:376658330575

Account holding bank number: 19004


2) Pay via WeChat

Finance QR code

Scan the QR code and select 'training and conference payment'. The reference code is NDT.


Organizing Committee

Dr Nancy Liu, Assistant Professor, School of English

Dr Ivy Zhang, Associate Professor, School of International Communications

Dr Candace Veecock, Assistant Professor, School of English

Dr Dan Shi, Assistant Professor, School of English

Mr Lukasz Nowacki, PhD candidate 

Ms Stephanie Zhao, Admin Support


Note: English will be the working language of the conference. Student interpreters are available to help with Chinese presenters if needed.

A summer school in translation and interpreting studies will be organized prior to the conference from 17th – 19th June. It will offer training in T&I at an advanced level. Trainees will have the opportunity to develop the highly demanding skills in both translation and interpreting. Besides, they will be introduced to the cutting-edge theories, technologies and pedagogy in the discipline. Participants of the summer school can join the 2-day conference for free. They may take this opportunity to discuss their research with domestic and world leading scholars. More details please click here.