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The Politics and Practice of Translation:
2008 Graduate Student Translation Conference, Columbia University
March 29â€"March 31, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Charles Simic

The newly formed Center for Literary Translation at Columbia
University is seeking graduate student translators from all over the
country to participate in the third biannual Graduate Student
Translation Conference in New York City, March 29-31, 2008. The
Center hopes to gather a varied group of emerging and established
translators for a weekend of workshops and round tables on the
current politics and practice of literary translation in the United

The weekend will consist of Workshops, Round Tables, and a Saturday
dinner at which Charles Simic will give the keynote speech. We
encourage graduate students to apply for a place in one of the
literary translation Workshops and/or to be one of the Round Table
participants. Application details are below.

Application materials must be received by October 15, 2007.

1. Literary Translation Workshops:

If you are a graduate student working on literary translations (from
any language) and would like to be considered for a Workshop, please
send an email to with
Conference Workshop Application as the subject line. Please attach
a sample of your work (5-10 pages of poetry or prose), the original
text, and a brief (up to 1 page) statement on your motivations for
translating this particular work and the challenges you encountered
in effectively rendering it into English. Please also include a CV.

Each Workshop will have roughly nine translators; each person will
have one submission workshopped and will be expected to provide
comments on the submissions of other participants.

2. Round Tables

The Center also seeks applications from graduate students interested
in participating in one or more of the following Round Tables:

1. Translation and Theory
2. Translation and Canon Formation
3. Multilingualism and Translation
4. Translation: Ethics, Censorship, Speaking Out

Each Round Table will have 3-4 participants; each person will give
5-7 minutes of opening remarks leading into a discussion involving
the audience and the participants.

Interested graduate student participants should send an e-mail, with
the Round Table title as the subject line, to

Include in the e-mail a brief (up to 1 page) explanation of why you
want to be on the panel and what angle you plan to take on the
issue. Please also attach a CV.

For more information on the conference or the center, please visit Please direct questions

Please note: a limited amount of financial assistance for travel may
be available in certain circumstances; contact the organizers if you
would not be able to attend without some support. Every effort will
be made to provide accommodations for successful applicants from
outside the New York area; however, we can't guarantee

--Center for Literary TranslationColumbia University415 Dodge HallNew York, NY From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Thu Sep 13 2007 - 10:04:38 EDT