The significance, reception, and perceptions of translation in the contemporary global scenario along with Kerala in context was the focus of writer-translator Dr Fathima E V’s talk delivered via video conferencing platform of Google Meet at 10:30 a. m. on 3 rd of March 2022. Dr Fathima E V’s talk mainly focused on the question of the socio-economic factors behind the noteworthy increase in the publishing of translations in India. Translations from Malayalam dominate the contemporary literary scene, which seems to have shifted its
readership and critical attention from Indian writing in English to include more of English translations of regional and vernacular literature, particularly, since the past two decades. She also tried to address how this surge signifies a translational moment and if so, what does it entail for contemporary Malayalam writing. She also addressed key political issues faced especially by women translators in the publishing world where their works are denied of formal recognition as their names go unacknowledged on the cover pages.
The talk was followed by a charged question answer session in which all students, research scholars and members of the faculty partook equally.