TPR-2016, South Africa

Course description

The Center for Research and Innovation in Translation and Translation Technology (CRITT) at CBS in collaboration with the North West University (NWU) in South Africa is offering the sixth international PhD course in Translation Process Research (TPR) from Monday October 3 to Friday October 7, 2016. The course will focus on theoretical aspects of translation process research, on experimental research design and methodology, on data visualization and human translation modelling, and on qualitative and quantitative data analysis. There will be an opportunity to get hands-on experience with recording eye-tracking sessions as well as with the newest version of the TPR-DB. Participants are encouraged to discuss their research with each other and the lecturers and to explore possibilities that the TPR-DB offers to support their own research.

As in previous years, the course components will be taught by leading researchers in the respective fields. The mornings will be devoted to lectures, discussions and demo sessions, while the afternoon sessions will include participant presentations, hands-on sessions and consultation with the lecturers. Participants will learn how to prepare, run and analyze Translog-II experiments using the methods taught during the course. The course will be taught in English.

The TPR course is followed by the First South African Inter-University Translation and Interpreting Conference.October 10-12 at the same location in North-West University Vanderbijlpark South Africa

Provisional program

Presenters: Michael Carl and Moritz Schaeffer

A reading list for the course can be downloaded: here


early registration fee until August 14: 200 Euro, late registration fee after August 14: 250 Euro. Includes a copy of New Directions in Empirical Translation Process Research, Springer, 2016, seminar dinner, lunches. Participants may also register for items separately.

South African students can also apply for a discount, which will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis. Also the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) provides grants to support participants.

Please fill this online registration form and contact Ella Wehrmeyer at for further information.


Course participants must make their own accommodation arrangements. Here are a few suggestions (1 Euro is approximately R15):

Please note that better prices are often negotiated by consulting booking agents rather than the guest houses themselves.

Suggested booking agents:


North-West University

Vaal Triangle Campus

1174 Hendrick van Eck Boulevard


Gauteng Province

South Africa

Building 31, G01 and/or G02

See google map and this campus plan


(NB: Overseas visitors please be aware that South Africans drive on the LEFT!

Also, please be aware of your own safety and the security of your possessions at all times, especially when travelling through Johannesburg. Travel with your window wound up and your door locked.)

By air: Fly to Johannesburg International Airport. Also called OR Tambo airport.

By bus: You can get to Vanderbijlpark/Vereeniging from Johannesburg using one of the intercity mainliner buses (Intercape, Translux, Cityliner). Be aware that they can depart or arrive at odd times in the night. The most convenient way to book bus tickets is through a local Checkers, Shoprite or Pick ‘n Pay supermarket, or online through Computicket.

By car:

From Johannesburg airport: Take the R24 towards Bedfordview/central Johannesburg. At Bedfordview, join the N3 south (Direction Kimberley/Free State). This merges with the N12 (stay in the right hand lane). When you get to Alberton, take the R59 to Vereeniging/Vanderbijlpark. Take the Vanderbijlpark offramp and after approximately 2 km turn left into Ascot-on-Vaal Road. After approximately 1 km turn right into Hendrick van Eck Boulevard. The university main gate is on your left.

From Johannesburg: Follow any main road (M1 or M2) until you link up with the N3, then follow N12 (Kimberley/Potchefstroom), R59 to Vanderbijlpark. Take Vanderbijlpark offramp and proceed as above. You can also take the N1 south (from either M1 or N3), left onto R42 at Vanderbijlpark, travel straight through Vanderbijlpark and turn right at Ascot-on-Vaal road. However, please be aware that the journey is somewhat longer and can be unsafe.

From Lanceria airport: Take the R512 towards Johannesburg. You may then take either the N3 eastern bypass or the N3 western bypass (it is a circular road), followed by N12, R59 to Vanderbijlpark. Otherwise take the N3 western bypass, join the N1 south, and take the R42 to Vanderbijlpark (this route is shorter but note safety concerns.)

From Pretoria: Take the M1 to Johannesburg, then N3 (Durban), N12 (Kimberley), R59 (Vanderbijlpark). Turn left into Ascot-on-Vaal Rd and right into Hendrick van Eck Boulevard as above.

Shuttle service to campus from Johannesburg airport: Email: Contact Kobus Cell 072 347 7919, Landline 016 423 4640. Prices from R500 single (groups are cheaper per person).

The course is supported by ....

The program runs all days October 3 - 7, 2016, from 9.00 to 16.30 at NWU in South Africa, in Vaal Triangle Campus, Building 31, G01 (25 computers and wifi) and/or G02, see campus plan and "Directions" below.