Lost in Transl:AI:tion: Implications of machine translation for communication and comprehension

With the arrival of ChatGPT on the scene in November 2022 and the continuous improvements made to contemporary machine translation (MT) systems resulting in these now being a part of the AI family, many questions have arisen related to how educators and researchers should react to this technology. Yet, automatic translation does not only concern those within translation studies, but everyone who avails of these automated translation solutions for communication and comprehension purposes. This leads to more questions concerning, for example, the role this technology will play in society and the ethical considerations that will inevitably arise from the use of this technology.

In response to the impact of MT technology on society, we will hold a one-day symposium to serve as a platform for discussing how MT technology influences various spheres of our research areas and the ethical, practical, and theoretical challenges and possibilities that accompany its widespread use. The format of the symposium will be 15-minute position papers from researchers at the Faculty of Humanities. Scholars from all career stages and academic fields are encouraged to contribute.


09:10 - 09:15 Opening words with Lisbeth Verstraete-Hansen, Head of Department, Engerom
09:15 - 09:20 Welcome to the day’s proceedings
09:20 - 10:00 Keynote (in English)
Christian Hardmeier (IT University of Copenhagen)
10:05 - 10:45

Session 1 (in English)

  • Marta Kirilova (NoRs) & Kristian Hvelplund (Engerom)
  • Marian Flanagan (Engerom)
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00

Session 2 (in Danish)

  • Alessandra Digsmed Bjerregaard (Engerom)
  • Tascha Lynggaard Nielsen (Infinitiv.dk)
  • Sophie Thorkildsen (Engerom)
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (sandwich outside room 24.4.01)
13:05 - 14:35

Hybrid session 3 (in English)

  • Daniele Eychenne (Pædagogisk konsulent ved CFU @KPH)
  • Dea Jespersen (CIP)
  • Simone Bianchetti (University of Milan)
  • Raphael Berthele (University of Freiburg via Zoom)
14:35 - 14.45 Break
14:45 - 15:30 Panel debate on “Ethics and MT” + symposium round-up (in English)
15:40 - 17:00 Drinks reception – the yellow table, building 24, 2 floor
Symposium dinner (more info to follow)

Sign up

Everyone is welcome to attend the symposium. There is no entrance fee, but it is necessary to register in advance (with regard to catering).

Deadline for registration is Thursday, 23 May.

Register for the symposium