On 26th August, the three-day 11th National Conference of the China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese (CACSEC) and the 2014 International Symposium on Comparative Studies of English and Chinese and Translation Studies was officially opened at Tsinghua University. Prof. Dong Yanping, Prof. Mu Lei, Prof. Li Ming, Prof. Zhang Baohong, Prof. Mao Aiping and some doctoral students from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies attended the conference during which over 400 representatives from the United States, Russia and the institutes of higher learning and research institutes in China had intensive discussions and exchange of ideas on English and Chinese language as well as comparative studies of English and Chinese and translation Studies.
The conference, themed under Opportunity, Innovation, Harmony, was sponsored by CACSEC and hosted by Tsinghua University and co-hosted by Ji Xianlin Fundation. Prof. Edwin Gentzler from University of Massachusetts, Prof. Sergey Tyulenev from Durham University and Shen Jiaxua, a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences delivered academic reports on translation and rewriting in the era of postmodernism, the sociological turn of translation and interpreting studies and the evolution of syllable and rhythm of Chinese language respectively. The latest trend in comparative studies of English and Chinese and translation Studies was also introduced during the conference.
The three-day conference saw a wide range of discussions on the following topics: modern linguistic theories and the comparative studies of Chinese and English, application of comparative analysis in the teaching of English language, comparison of traditions for language teaching at home and abroad, acquisition of and processing of both languages, history of translation and relevant case studies, the sociological approach to translation and so on. Doctoral students Wang Xiangbing, Li Yang, Xu Yi and Lin Xuewei revealed their latest research achievements and actively engaged in interactions with the experts.
At the election of CACSEC, prof. Dong Yanping was elected as its vice chairman. Prof. Dong Yanping and Prof. Mu Lei were elected as standing director. Professor Dong Yanpign, Prof. Li Ming, Prof. Zhang Baohong, and Prof. Zeng Lisha were elected as directors of CACSEC.