• Ian Fairweather
    The Drunken Buddha (Cover of the original edition) 1965
    University of Queensland Press

  • Art and Translation: Ian Fairweather’s The Drunken Buddha

    Tuesday 8 Aug 2017, 10.00- 5.00pm

    This international workshop will examine the translation of The Drunken Buddha (University of Queensland Press, 1965), from Chinese to English, by artist Ian Fairweather (1891-1974), and the accompanying illustrations. Scholars with backgrounds in Chinese language, literature and art history; artists and students of translation will come together to consider this rare example of a serious book-length translation by a practicing artist. How do we understand The Drunken Buddha in the context of literature, translation and creative practice? What was the relationship between Chinese language, translation and artistic practice for Fairweather, and what might that mean in an Australian context?

    Workshop participants include:

    Cai Tao, Associate Professor, Art History Research Institute, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
    Nicholas Jose, Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide
    Olivier Krischer, Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of Modern History Academia Sinica, Taipei  
    John Minford, Professor of Translation, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
    Anthony Pym, Professor of Translation and Intercultural Studies, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain/ University of Melbourne
    Annie Ren, PhD Scholar, Australian National University
    Claire Roberts, ARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Melbourne
    John Young, Melbourne-based artist
    Juliet Zhao, coordinator, Master of Translation Program, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne


    If you would like to be part of the audience for the workshop, please email claire.roberts@unimelb.edu.au

    Places are limited.


    This program is part of an ARC Future Fellowship research project Re-configuring the World: China. Art. Agency 1900s to Now, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

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