Article published in:Translation and LGBT+/queer activism
Edited by Michela Baldo, Jonathan Evans and Ting Guo
[Translation and Interpreting Studies 16:2] 2021
► pp. 291–315
Translate to resist
An analysis on the role of activist translation/ translators in the LGBTI+ movement in Turkey
The emergence of the LGBTI+ movement has faced considerable challenges in the Turkish sociopolitical context due to the dominance and oppression of the long-established traditional and conservative institutions such as religion, family, and state. In Turkey, translation occupies a central position in the way knowledge is produced and organized to subvert heteronormativity and homo/transphobia, and struggle for rights. LGBTI News Turkey is the most conspicuous LGBTI+ organization in relation to this, since the platform focuses exclusively on translation. I discuss the role of the activist translators in the representation of LGBTI+ individuals globally by constructing a “narrative” (Baker 2006a) for the LGBTI+ community in Turkey. I also elaborate the concepts of fidelity and invisibility within activist translation, and the methods activist-translators employ to create and disseminate a counter narrative against the dominant public narrative, and question how they position themselves in the LGBTI+ movement.
Keywords: activism, LGBTI News Turkey , narrative theory, activist-translator, LGBTI+ movement in Turkey
- A brief history of the LGBTI+ movement in Turkey
- A narrative approach to activist translation
- Virtual activism: LGBTI News Turkey
- Constructing an alternative narrative for the marginalized and silenced
- Translators manifesting their ideological stances
- Fidelity in the context of activist translation
- Invisible as translators, visible as LGBTI+ activists
Published online: 23 April 2021
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