SATI-ATIM Conference

SATI ATim Conference 2023: Bridging Language Divides and Uniting Minds in Stellenbosch

Linguists, translators, and language enthusiasts from across the globe gathered for the SATI/ATIM Conference in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch at the end of September for an event that promised to be the linguistic event of the year. Organized by the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI), the conference explored the dynamic world of translation, interpreting, and language practice, both in practical and academic contexts.

Distinguished speakers illuminated the intricacies of language and its vital role in today’s interconnected world. The event was attended by the Executive Committee of FIT (Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs), who enriched the discussions with their global perspectives. For the first time, delegates could also attend online and listen to remote speakers from the United Kingdom, Kenya and more.

An exciting highlight of the event was the launch of FIT Africa, celebrated during a captivating cocktail event. This initiative promises to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among translation and interpretation experts across the African continent.

SATI/ATIM Conference 2023 was a testament to the power of language and the unity it can bring to our diverse world.

Our theme wishes to explore and highlight the resilience, opportunities and innovations associated with the unexpected shifts and challenges in our profession in recent years. Not only have new international conflicts erupted, but many countries are also facing financial recessions following the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing new political dynamics. In South Africa, efforts to regulate our industry with the creation of the South African Language Practice Council (SALPC) bring new questions and opportunities. In addition, the multilingual reality of most African countries sometimes presents treacherous waters to navigate. Translators, interpreters and other language practitioners are left with questions about how our industry can navigate these adversarial times positively.

The conference is aimed at both practitioners and academics, and we look forward to receiving proposals from both groupings. Proposals can deal with any aspect of the theme.