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The Global Shift to Virtual Multilingual Meetings and Remote Simultaneous Interpretation: A Seminal Event for the Interpreting Profession or a Flash in the Pan?

Centre for Translation (June 30, 2020)

SEMINAR SERIES : Online Public Lecture

MAJOR SPEAKER : Olsen, Barry Slaughter
LENGTH : 120 min.
ACCESS : Open to all
SUMMARY : The idea of remote simultaneous interpretation (RSI) is not new. It has been explored and abandoned multiple times over the last 50 years. However, fueled in recent years by the advent of new digital communication technologies and the expansion of broadband Internet access, it had shown small but steady growth over the last decade. Even so, RSI was often dismissed as little more than a technology experiment or “a solution without a problem.” All of that changed in early 2020. No one could have foreseen the far-reaching and devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on international gatherings and the interpreting profession. In a matter of weeks, international travel ground to a halt, meetings and conferences were cancelled, and interpreters were faced with empty work calendars and no clear idea of when or if things would “get back to normal.” Suddenly, multilingual online meetings were the only way for international organizations to continue their work, and RSI became the principal source of work for thousands of interpreters.

In this online seminar, Professor Olsen will cover the recent history and development of RSI (the last 10 years), the technical challenges RSI presents and how they are being addressed, and case studies of organizations moving their multilingual meetings to the cloud. The final segment of the seminar will focus on the future development and use of RSI.  [Go to the full record in the library's catalogue]

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