Alliance research network to launch at international Translating Pain conference

Translation of pain a research theme for MITN research network *

Translation of pain a research theme for MITN research network *

The Migration Mobility, Translation and Identity Network (MITN), a research network supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance, will launch on 10 August as part of the conference Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text and Suffering.

MITN is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers from a range of faculties from Monash University and the University of Warwick. It encourages collaboration under its key research themes of translation of pain, global history and diplomacy, intercultural interactions, reading the world and translating a mobile world.

Professor Andrew Coats, Academic Vice-President and Director, Monash Warwick Alliance will launch the new research network at Monash University, Caulfield campus.

Dr Loredana Polezzi, MITN Academic Lead at University of Warwick, said MITN is a unique initiative that fosters worldwide collaboration in key research areas across the humanities and social sciences.

“MITN provides a space for multidisciplinary dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas within and beyond academia. With its focus on the mobility of people, ideas and cultural products across the globe, and the changing linguistic landscapes, it addresses some of the crucial societal challenges of our day,” Dr Polezzi said.

As part of the launch, postgraduate students from Warwick and Monash will present research papers relating to MITN’s research areas via the MITN postgraduate portal.

The launch complements the themes of the broader conference, which is bringing together researchers from around the globe to address how physical and psychological pain is represented in culture across multiple historical and disciplinary perspectives.

Translating Pain: An International Forum on Language, Text and Suffering is being held from 10 -12 August at Monash University, Caulfield campus, and is co-sponsored by the Migration, Translation and Identity Network, the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, and the Research Program in Global History.

Along with the MITN launch, the conference will include a series of keynote lectures open to the public, an academic symposium and an academic conference. It will cover subjects including representations of pain in oral traditions, literature and visual art; medical and legal representations of pain; history of pain through holocaust, war, slavery and survival; and the pain of the other.

Professor Rita Wilson, MITN Academic Lead at Monash University, said the purpose of the conference was to explore theoretical and practical approaches to making sense of pain.

"Pain may be universal, but it is not universally understood. This conference will help us explore these themes through a range of disciplinary and cultural perspectives as well as considering the processes of translating pain into language and the ethics and effects of representing pain in art and literature,” Professor Wilson said.

The conference will also feature presentations from leading Monash and international researchers including Professor Sean Hand from the University of Warwick, Dr David Simon from Yale University and Professor Ernst van Alphen from Leiden University.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.

*By Superchilum (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons