Language & Ideas: Wonderland Wednesdays
Wednesday 12 February, 5pm - 8pm
Wonderland Wednesdays is a series of 4 talks happening throughout February in relation to Te Papa’s Wonderland exhibition covering ideas around animation, language, mental health, feminism and creativity. All talks will take place on the marae in the evening, it includes a chance to see the exhibition and a themed canape and a drink, with a cash bar available throughout the night.
Join translator and academic Tom Roa to delve into the topic of translators as co-authors with original storytellers. Tom translated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into Te Reo and faced some interesting challenges in the process. Ideas and concepts don’t always directly translate from culture to culture, let alone taking into account Lewis Carroll’s unique use of language and poetry. Hear how Tom approached these issue in regards to translating to Te Reo along with discussion around the importance of language in the formation of identities and ideas of representation in societies.
Expect a fun and informative session on the increasingly important subject of linguistics, viewed through the bizarre world of Wonderland’s magical space, so well known and loved by people all over the world and translated into 174 languages.
Tom Roa is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. His Doctorate investigated the role of semantic relationships in translation in the English-Maori context, with discussion of his translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland featuring prominently.
5-6pm: A chance to see Wonderland
6-6:15pm: Settle into the marae grab a drink and snack
7:15-8pm: Time for drinks and chats
Includes exhibition entry, free parking, a welcome drink and themed canape