Sunday, February 24, 2013

Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages

Call for Applications:

Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce a Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages to take place during the annual Summer Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. The workshop will run from June 10 to June 15, 2013.

This workshop offers advanced graduate students and recent post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to build skills through an intensive experience of translation with guidance from experienced translators, as they will be paired with mentors who work in the same language(s). The program will also include presentations by specialists in translation.

Prospective participants must submit an application for the Summer Research Laboratory to be considered for admission to the Workshop. For more information and to apply please see the REEEC SRL page: 

To be considered for the Translation Workshop, include the language you would like to work with, information about the text you want to work with (author, title, publication date, etc.), and a draft translation of one page from that text. The draft doesn’t have to be perfect; it is meant to show the selection committee the point where you are starting.

Mentors and Languages:

Brian Baer (Russian), Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent State University. Translation series editor at Kent State University Press, editor of the journal Translation and Interpreting Studies, ed. of Contexts, Subtexts and Pretexts: Literary Translation in Eastern Europe and Russia (Johns Benjamins, 2011); co-editor, Russian Writers on Translation (forthcoming, St. Jerome Press)

David Cooper (Czech, Russian, and Slovak), Associate Professor and Director of Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, UIUC. Creating the Nation: Identity and Aesthetics in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia and Bohemia (Northern Illinois UP, 2010); editor and translator, Traditional Slovak Folktales (collected by Pavol Dobšinský, 2001)

Sibelan Forrester (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Russian), Professor of Russian, Swarthmore College. Co-editor of Engendering Slavic Literatures (Indiana UP, 1996) and Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East/West Gaze (Indiana UP, 2004); translator of Irena Vrkljan, The Silk, The Shears (Northwestern UP, 1999), Elena Ignatova, The Diving Bell (Zephyr Press, 2006), and Vladimir Propp, The Russian Folktale (Wayne State UP, 2012)

Amelia Glaser (Russian, Ukrainian and Yiddish), Associate Professor and Director of Russian and Soviet Studies Program, University of California - San Diego. Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop (Northwestern UP, 2012); translator and co-ed. of Proletpen: America’s Rebel Yiddish Poets (U of Wisconsin Press, 2005)

Joanna Trzeciak (Polish and Russian), Associate Professor of Russian and Polish Translation, Kent State University. Translator of Miracle Fair: Selected poems of Wislawa Szymborska (W. W. Norton, 2002) and Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems of Tadeusz Różewicz (W. W. Norton, 2011)

Russell Valentino (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Italian, Russian), Professor and Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University. Editor-in-chief, The Iowa Review, translator of Fulvio Tomizza, Materada (Northwestern UP, 2000), Carlo Michelstaedter, Persuasion and Rhetoric (Yale UP, 2005), Sabit Madaliev, The Silence of the Sufi: And I Do Call to Witness the Self-Reproaching Spirit (Autumn Hill Books, 2006), and Predrag Matvejević, The Other Venice: Secrets of the City (Reaktion Books, 2007)

Other workshop components include: daily meetings between participants and mentors; dedicated time for work on individual translation projects; access to the exceptional library resources of the University of Illinois; and bibliographic support from the Slavic Reference Service.

Those selected will receive funding support as well as access to the University of Illinois Library and Slavic Reference Service.

Participants should bring one text in the language they specialize in to work on independently and in the workshop setting during the course of the workshop. (This text can be, but does not have to be, connected to the sample submitted with the application.)

Translations in Russian, Czech, Polish, Slovak, Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian, Ukrainian, or Yiddish are preferred, but anyone with translation projects in a regional language is encouraged to apply. For more information contact the workshop organizer, Dr. Sibelan Forrester of Swarthmore College, at <>.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Journal of Balkanology /Zeitschrift für Balkanologie

Founded in 1962 by Günter Reichenkron, Franz Dölger and Alois Schmaus, the Journal of Balkanology by international standards counts as one of the leading publications specializing in Balkanology. It continues to profile the teaching and research program developed by the former Institute of Balkanology at the Free University Berlin and continued by the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, with the objective of studying the Balkan peninsula’s cultures in their linguistic and non-linguistic manifestations, across ethnic and linguistic families, on a comparative, interdisciplinary-integrative basis. The Journal of Balkanology is therefore also a forum for scholarly discourse on the core questions that occupy Balkanology or Southeast European studies. Its goal ultimately, however, is to convey to the scholarly community and to an interested readership the widest possible range of findings from interdisciplinary and comparative research on a broadly conceived Southeastern Europe stretching from Turkey across the Balkans to Hungary. It covers the gamut of subject areas of linguistics, cultural studies, literature, ethnology, regional studies and folklore. Contributions by European and non-European Balkanologists and specialists on Southeastern Europe will be published here in German, English, French, Russian and Italian.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The University of Washington is inaugurating a "Discovery Seminar to Romania" this Autumn

In Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, and Suceava, the major stops of our journey in Romania, students will attend lectures offered by Romanian scholars and will also directly encounter artifacts, edifices, monuments, and artwork previewed in class. Lectures will address topics from medieval history to the 19th century transformation into a nation-state and 20th century literature (Blandiana, Cartarescu, Popescu, Manea), as well as the struggles of artists under communist censorship. In Bucharest, students will have the opportunity to meet award-winning directors (Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu) and watch some of their internationally acclaimed movies.

For more information see:

The Honors webpage: