Sixth Biennial Graduate Translation Conference - Extended Deadline

deadline for submissions: 
March 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Texas at Dallas


Sixth Biennial Graduate Translation Conference

“Performing Translation”

May 26–28, 2017 at The University of Texas at Dallas

Call for Papers

New deadline: March 20, 2017

The Graduate Translation Conference at The University of Texas at Dallas is inviting

submissions for our literary translation workshops. This student-organized conference was

originally held at UCLA in 2004 and has since been hosted by the University of Iowa, Columbia

University, and the University of Michigan. Our conference aims to highlight the ways in which

translation impacts the humanities and society at large in the 21st century.

  • The conference will be held on the campus of UT Dallas May 26–May 28, 2017
  • We are offering literary translation workshops led by a number of esteemed scholars
  • Keynote speakers will be Esther Allen and Breon Mitchell
  • There will be discussion panels including invited guest scholars and members of the Dallas literary scene
  • Thanks to our generous donors, meals and lodging will be provided at no cost to conference participants
  • Conference registration is also free


We encourage all graduate students interested in translation (working from any language into

English) to apply for a spot in one of our translation workshops. We plan to have small,

interactive workshops led by professionals and scholars (workshop leaders will include Esther

Allen, Sean Cotter, Charles Hatfield, Zsuzsanna Ozsváth, and Shelby Vincent).


You may also apply to “perform” your translation in other media or present your translation

project as a panel presentation. In addition, the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies will be

hosting a special session on performing translations of Paul Celan’s poem “Death Fugue” into

other art forms (i.e. music, sculpture, painting, video clips, digital art, etc.). Performances and

panel presentations will be limited to 15 minutes per participant.


To participate in our workshops, please send us 5–10 poems or 5–10 pages of

prose, along with a scan of the original text. Please include a one-page statement

about your reasons for translating the text and the challenges you faced while

translating it. For translations into other media send us a 300-word description of

your project. Special consideration will be given to translations of texts relating to

the visual arts and art history.


The final date for submissions has been extended to March 20, 2017. Applicants will be notified

of the organizers’ decision by April 1. Please send submissions and questions to For updates and more information on the conference, please also