The Techno-scientific Turn in Translation Studies


  • Saeid Safari Allameh Tabataba'i University
  • Hussein Mollanazar Allameh Tabataba’i University


technology, science and technology studies, actor-network theory, extra-technical actors


The article attempts to sensitize translation studies scholars to the potential interdisciplinary relationship between Translation Studies (TS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS). The article argues that the developments in translation technology (i.e. in Translation Machine and CAT tools) have brought about some extra-technical possibilities in translation technology, including the issues of power, gender, ethics, lingua-cultural balance, technological support of languages and economy. Then the authors attempt to argue how STS could provide TS with theoretical and methodological capacities to address these issues.

Author Biographies

Saeid Safari, Allameh Tabataba'i University

Ph.D. Candidate in Translation Studies, Department of English Translation Studies, Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;

Hussein Mollanazar, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Associate Professor, Department of English Translation Studies, Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;


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How to Cite

Safari, S., & Mollanazar, H. (2020). The Techno-scientific Turn in Translation Studies. Translation Studies Quarterly, 17(67), 60. Retrieved from



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