Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Call for Papers

The theme of the Monterey Forum 2017 is The Future of Localization Training: Keeping Pace with an Evolving Industry.

The localization industry often moves at a rapid pace, imitating the software development industry, and requiring quick adaptation to changing technologies and markets. Monterey Forum 2017 will address how localization professionals and educators can adjust curriculum to reflect the latest trends in the industry. One of the major challenges we face is how to train people new to the industry, while simultaneously challenging those with industry experience themselves to expand their skill sets.

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to be considered for a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion or a panel (a 45-minute presentation by a group of 3-4 presenters led by a moderator) in the following areas: localization industry concepts, innovations, education in the areas of computer-assisted translation, translation management systems, desktop publishing, software and games localization, project management, or other localization education-related courses.

We are particularly interested in exploring topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • New curricular initiatives and methodologies that respond to new professional and market realities
  • New approaches to integrating technology into the classroom
  • New approaches to assessment
  • New approaches to blending research into localization courses
  • Remote/hybrid teaching delivery models vs face-to-face instruction
  • New approaches to training the trainers
  • How to recruit and retain “qualified” students, finding qualified instructors, the challenges of starting new programs (case studies), program entry and exit mechanisms (admission tests, professional exams, portfolios, etc.)
  • New trends in research education

Please submit your abstract in English (no more than 300 words) along with the title of the proposed presentation, your name, affiliation email as well as a short bio (max. 100 words written in the 3rd person) by December 31, 2016. Abstracts will be reviewed by the forum committee and will be selected based on clarity and relevance to the conference theme. For more information, please contact the forum committee.

Proposal Submission Form

Notification of acceptance and your presentation format (presentation or panel) will be sent by January 31, 2016. Program details will be announced at a later date. The language of the conference will be English. Interpretation into English and out of English in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish may be arranged upon request.