March 2: Talk by Nazry Bahrawi on Translation as a Decolonial Act in Southeast Asia

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Please join us on March 2, 2023 for a talk by Nazry Bahrawi on "Translation as a Decolonial Act in Southeast Asia".

Decoloniality has emerged as a viable intellectual force that has made us rethink the manufacture of knowledge. Yet, how might this school of thought affect translation practice? Drawing from his work as a literary translator working between English and Bahasa in maritime Southeast Asia, Bahrawi will explore his engagement with decolonial theory to productively guide his translation of selected short stories from Malay Singaporean authors. Read two of Bahrawi’s short story translations at

Nazry Bahrawi has published articles on translation in the Journal of World Literature and the edited volumes, Translation and Global Asia, Translational Politics in Southeast Asian Literature as well as Of Peninsulas and Archipelagos: The Landscape of Translation in Southeast Asia. He is an editor-at-large at Wasafiri magazine based in the UK. Nazry has translated three literary books from Bahasa to English, the latest of which is Singa-Pura-Pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore.

This event is hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the UW Translation Hub. Please check out the calendar post for more information.