Interpreting Conference in Sydney, Australia
Thread poster: A Hayes
A Hayes
Local time: 03:28
Dec 19, 2005

The Conference

Critical Link 5 will take place in Sydney, Australia, for the first time and will be proudly hosted by the University of Western Sydney.

The Critical Link conference is the only major international conference dedicated to Interpreting in the Community. The local organising committee is pleased to announce the theme of the 2007 Congress as, “Quality in Interpreting: A shared responsibility”.

CL5 aims to generate discussion on such issues as:

• the meaning of quality in interpreting,
• the responsibility for quality interpreting in community settings being shared by all those involved,
• the expectations of all those involved in the interpreted encounter,
• the demands placed on interpreters to provide a quality service.

Interpreters cannot be held solely responsible for achieving quality. All participants in the interaction, the systems under which they
operate (eg. the legal system, the education system, the health system), interpreter agencies and policy makers, need to share
responsibility for quality of interpreting.

It is a basic human right for people, regardless of the language they speak, to be able to communicate in their community and to gain
access to any services available.

We plan to involve practising interpreters, educators, academics, policy makers, lawyers, judges, medical practitioners and many other
professionals who work with interpreters. We expect this will be a landmark event for the profession and hope it will be widely supported.
An exhibition of the latest products and services will be a key element of the conference.

The Venue

The conference and exhibition will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Parramatta. Parramatta, renowned as a thriving, modern city in New South
Wales, is steeped in history having the richest collection of heritage buildings in the country, dating back to the early colonial days.
The city has proudly kept the name bestowed upon it by the Indigenous Burramatta people who traditionally occupied the area at the
head of the Parramatta River.
Parramatta boasts a vibrant multicultural community. Its population combined with its elegant open spaces,
restaurants, churches, historical buildings and shopping malls make it a city ranking high in the list of
Australian places to explore. It is also situated between Sydney city and the magnificent Blue Mountains.


The Call for Papers will commence in early 2006 and registration will open mid-2006. The Conference
Chair, Associate Professor Sandra Hale, invites you to submit your expression of interest in attending
this unique event. To ensure that you receive all of the conference information, please complete the
form below and return it to the Conference Secretariat or register your interest online at

Critical Link 5 Secretariat: GPO Box 2609, Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
Telephone: +61 2 9241 1478 • Facsimile: +61 2 9251 3552 • E-mail: • Website:
Critical Link 5 11-15 April 2007 • Sydney Australia

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The CL5 website will be up soon. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in

Attending the conference,
Presenting at the conference,
Sponsoring the conference, and/or
Exhibiting at the conference

I can e-mail the registration form in PDF format.

[Edited at 2005-12-19 22:29]

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