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West Midlands – Unconscious Bias

25th September 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Ticket price £150 ASLI Members: £100 email Danielle Hansbury – [email protected] for your discount code.

Exploring Unconscious Bias: An introductory workshop for Sign Language Interpreters & Translators

Unconscious Bias (UB) is increasingly in the news, as an explanation for people’s discriminatory behaviour and as a way of addressing such behaviour, e.g. through UB training.

Interpreters have said that training would be useful to help understand more about UB, and so this is a workshop to address that. Discussion of UB then naturally leads us into an exploration of how it offers us a lens through which to evaluate some of the norms that contextualise and influence the way we think, understand, and work.

In this very interactive workshop, where all of our thinking on and experience of these issues will be useful, we explore three main areas:

(1) Unconscious Bias (UB):
What is Unconscious Bias, the Implicit Association Test
(IAT) and UB in the real world.
(2) Unconscious Bias and the Interpreter / Translator:
How does UB impact on
interpreters / translators?
(3) Unconscious Bias and interpreting / translation:
The challenge for interpreters
and translators and strategies to address UB.
During the morning, Unconscious Bias and the IAT will be explored, then in the
afternoon this thinking will be applied to our profession and ourselves, using examples
to focus discussions. The day will conclude by looking at what we can do and next steps.

Josef Baines and Darren Townsend-Handscomb will be delivering the taught sections, and facilitating the discussions. As this workshop will focus on bias and discrimination, we want you to note before you book to attend, that whilst there are many facets to our identities, both Josef and Darren are white, middle aged (Darren at least), middle class, men. If this is a barrier to your participation in this workshop, then let us know, and we can let you know if the workshop is being run again in future with different facilitators. We will work to ensure that this is a safe space in which to think. This means that questions and discussion will be encouraged, but challenging people’s lived experience will not. We will follow Chatham House rules for confidentiality.

We are likely to be talking about issues that carry a lot of emotional weight. The workshop organisers will work to ensure that the day is productive and supportive; however we will not be able to offer support outside of the workshop on issues that might arise.

Please note that the workshop will be delivered mainly in BSL (Josef is a deaf BSL user). If this is a barrier to your participation, please let us know.

The workshop is open to trainee and registered interpreters and translators, deaf and hearing.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided please let Danielle know any dietary requirements


25th September 2021
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


West Midlands Region


Carrs Lane Church and Conference Centre
Carrs Lane
Birmingham, West Midlands B4 7SX United Kingdom
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0121 6436151


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West Midlands - Unconscious Bias
In the Michael Hubbard Room, tea and coffee available, arrive from 8.45 for a 9am start.
£ 150.00
9 available