Conflict within

An interpreter’s journey in seeking inner peace

Presenter: Belma Gaukrodger

Interpreters and translators make professional decisions based on their knowledge and experience of at least two cultures and languages. Their expertise is sought to calm conflicts, dissolve disagreements and ease communication amongst two or more parties. How does an interpreter and/or a translator cope with conflict? How should an interpreter cope with conflict?
This is a personal story of an interpreter and a translator. It traces the professional life-span of an interpreter who finds herself in political turmoil, economic instability, and the life-changing circumstances that lead to shifting to a new culture, a new language and a new way of life. The interpreting and translating that follows sets the wheels in motion for a professional career that is like no other. The professional settings include, but are not limited to, legal and political, health and hospital, and educational contexts in Australia and New Zealand.
The presenter would like to highlight some of the ethical and professional issues that interpreters may face on a daily basis as part of being a peace-keeper, and start an open discussion with the language professionals on some suggested solutions to overcome them. The examples are based on her own professional experience as an interpreter and interpreter trainer.

Belma GaukrodgerAbout the Presenter
Belma Gaukrodger has been a freelance translator and interpreter for over 20 years. She has been a trainer and examiner of liaison interpreters, and undertook interpreting assignments at the Refugee Status Board and the Refugee Status Appeals Authority in New Zealand. She is a NAATI-accredited translator.
Belma is currently working as an Education Developer and a Teacher Trainer at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT, NZ), training tutors and students in the use of e-Learning tools and approaches. Belma is also a keen researcher in the use of 3D Virtual Worlds, mobile technologies and learning management systems, often integrating all three in her teaching and training sessions.