Farah Bazzi is a second year PhD student in History at Stanford University. She studies early modern global history, with a focus on understanding the historical connections between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic maritime spaces during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Her research revolves primarily around the study of piracy and captivity and the way in which this has interconnected the historical trajectories of Ottoman North Africa, Morocco, the Iberian Empires, and the Dutch Republic in the early modern period.
This Poetic Media Lab project aims to provide a way for instructors, students, and readers to go beyond the surface when reading a translated text. While most readers encounter translations in a way that offers them little more than “surface”—a final version that obscures the choices the translator made and the rich cultural and semantic information that informs the original—Layered Translation is a platform that allows users to read translations in a “rich” way: with annotations providing crucial information and translation variants.