Applications for the 2019 Translation Lab

Residency Dates: November 5-16, 2019
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

Art Omi: Writers is now seeking proposals for Translation Lab 2019, a 12-day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer-translator teams in the fall of 2019.

Art Omi: Writers will host four English language translators in New York’s Hudson Valley for 12 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated into English. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.


More information:

Job vacancy: post-doctoral assistant UGent


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, and technical and social services on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With each of its 11 faculties and more than 100 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes that are grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its employees as well as its students. 



  • At least 70% of your assignment will be spent on academic research in the domain of translation, interpreting, multilingual communication, language and translation acquisition and teaching, terminology or language technology (research groups EQTIS, TRACE, MULTIPLES or LT3).
  • You will assist in teaching activities in the English section at Bachelor’s, Master’s or Postgraduate’s level.
  • You will assist in writing research proposals and the coaching of PhD students in the research group.
  • You will counsel students for their bachelor papers and master’s dissertations.



  • You hold a doctoral degree in the domain of translation, interpreting, multilingual communication, language and translation acquisition and teaching, terminology or language technology or an equivalent degree. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You have already conducted research within one of these fields which can be corroborated by recent publications in international academic journals which rely on experts for the evaluation of submitted papers.
  • You know English at C2 level of the European Reference Framework or as a native speaker.
  • Having positively evaluated experience in offering and/or organising academic training is recommended.
  • You are profoundly interested in coaching students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and/or Advanced Master’s programmes.



  • We offer you a three-year appointment, which can be renewed once and only in exceptional circumstances for maximum three years.. The term of renewal begins immediately after the first term has expired. Attention: If you have been previously appointed as a post-doctoral assistant at a university within the Flemish Community, you cannot apply for this position.
  • The successful candidate is expected to begin the appointment on 1 September 2019 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP5. More information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc. A complete overview of all our fringe benefits (in Dutch).



Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not sent through the online system.


Your application must include the following documents: 

  • In the field ‘Cv’: your cv and an overview of your relevant scientific publications (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field ‘Certificate of equivalence’: only for diplomas awarded outside the European Union a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. (This can be requested via
  • a text (max. 1500 words) in which you express your views regarding the fulfilment of the position at hand, including a concrete research and publication plan

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB. 

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.



For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Prof. Sonia Vandepitte (

Primera Jornada de traducción literaria del español al neerlandés

On Friday 19 June takes place at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) the study day “Jornada de traducción literaria del español al neerlandés”. The study day is organised in collaboration with KU Leuven.

Programme : Programa Jornada

La ‘Primera Jornada de traducción literaria del español al neerlandés’ tiene como objetivo destacar la traducción de obras literarias españolas al neerlandés y proporcionar un foro para la investigación que se está llevando a cabo en esta área en Flandes y en los Países Bajos. El objetivo es también establecer un vínculo con el campo de trabajo, dando a los traductores la oportunidad de discutir las dificultades en una mesa redonda, así como las alegrías que trae consigo la profesión de traductor literario. Además, esta jornada de estudio también ofrecerá la oportunidad de dar a conocer el Máster en Traducción Literaria a un público más amplio. La Consejería De Educación Y Formación Profesional de la Embajada de España en el Benelux colabora en esta iniciativa trayendo a la VUB a Lorena Martínez Cienfuegos, asesora lingüística, quien presentará la Plataforma ENCLAVE_RAE para profesionales de la lengua española.

La iniciativa reúne a investigadores de la VUB, la KU Leuven, la Universidad de Amberes y la UGent.

PhD seminar on “Translation and Cultural Transfer”

From 11 to 13 June 2019, a PhD course on “Translation and Cultural Transfer” will take place at Ghent University and KU Leuven/Campus Brussels. Keynote lecturers Diana Roig Sanz (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Petra Broomans (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) will present theoretical models and methods for analyzing intra- and extra-textual aspects of cultural transfer processes in peripheral multilingual contexts.

The course is conceived as an interactive seminar. It is a combination of ex-cathedra lectures, hands-on methodological workshops, tutorials/short presentations by doctoral researchers, discussions, and preliminary reading.

PhD students can apply by 20 May 2019 by sending a 500-word abstract of their presentation to or Call, full (preliminary) program and evaluation criteria are available here.

Post-docs and other university staff are welcome to attend lectures and discussions without actively participating. For practical reasons, we kindly ask you to register by e-mailing Anneleen or Beatrijs by 20 May.

Symposium: “Cultural ambivalence, intersemiotic translation and artistic identities”


This symposium will be held the 28th of May at Université de Liège (Place du 20 août) – Salle de l’Horloge (main building).

The main theme of this symposium is the study of the complex relations between music and literature from the perspective of popular musicians who, some on the margins of their musical career, have also built a literary oeuvre. The number of such ‘crossovers’ is extensive, and over the years they have acquired an institutional validity and identity. We hope to obtain a greater understanding of the internal dynamics at work within various artistic systems and at the same time bring into alignment a number of theoretical concepts from translation studies and comparative literature, such as ambivalence, intersemiotic translation, polygraphy and ethos.

How do the artists themselves view the relationship between these two practices? To what extent does intersemiotic translation occur, or reworking, adaptation or separation, between oeuvres? Why do these artists decide to produce a literary work at a given point in their career? Do they anchor this dual practice in one or two artistic identities? How are these interrelated? To what extent do the two practices overlap (textually or otherwise)? Do they focus attention on this hybrid identity in either their primary discourse (the literature and music) or secondary texts (interviews, paratexts, etc.)?

How are these works positioned in the literary system? Is it easier or harder to get them published and reviewed? Are different norms used to evaluate them? To what extent does the literary criticism draw comparisons to the musical work? What genres do musicians prefer – canonical (poetry, novels) or peripheral (crime fiction, science fiction, children’s books)?

Organizing committee

• Francis Mus (Université de Liège)
• Michel Delville (Université de Liège)
• Christophe Pirenne (Université de Liège)
• Denis Saint-Amand (FUNDP – Université de Namur)

Full progamme and registration :

Fouad Laroui – Writer in residence at the VUB (21-25 March 2019)

From March 21st to 25th Fouad Laroui is writer in residence at the VUB. For this occasion he will give lectures and seminars in different languages:

Thursday 21 March, 17.00-19.00 (room D.3.08): Discussion seminar / séminaire de discussion “Aesthethics and Ethics in Multicultural Literature Today” (hosted by Prof. dr Daniel Acke & Prof. dr. Elisabeth Bekers) ;

Friday 22 March 12.00-14.00 (Studentenrestaurant, STOA): Séminaire déjeuner avec Dr. ir Fouad Laroui “Réflexions postcoloniales sur la Francofonie” (organisatie Prof. dr. Daniel Acke & Prof. dr. Sabine Hillen for La Semaine de la Francophonie) ;

Friday 22 March 18.30-21.00 (U-Residence, groene zaal): Alumni Drink en Literaire Avond met Fouad Laroui rond zijn laatste roman L’insoumise de la Porte de Flandre (2017)

Monday 25 March 13.00-15.00 (Promotiezaal D.2.01): Gesprek tussen Jean Paul Van Bendegem en Fouad Laroui over diens recent boek Dieu, les mathématiques et la folie (Robert Laffont, 2018)

Complete programme: Programma F. Laroui 21-25 maart

Polyglots and Polysystems? Researching multilingualism in contemporary Latin American and Latino literature and film

Location: KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Campus Antwerp

Date : 15-03-2019

Multilingual writing has been a common practice since Antiquity, but has only become a popular research topic among critics in recent years. Kellman, who prefers the term translingualism, states that “the creation of a new voice means the invention of a new self” (2014). Many writers as well as film directors draw on their daily use of more than one language as a creative resource, but, as Yildiz points out in her authoritative essay Beyond the Mother Tongue, The Postmonolingual Condition, multilingualism is still haunted by the ideal of one true mother tongue (Yildiz 2012). Moreover, there is the material impossibility of a radically plurilingual literature because big publishing houses are not interested in it (Lennon 2010).

In the one-day conference, Polyglots and Polysystems, it is our aim to analyze multilingualism in literature and film from different perspectives through which both the product and the process can be approached. Codde, for instance, reminds us that, although Polysystem Theory seems to have lost its appeal for students and researchers of comparative literature, Even-Zohar’s interpretative model still offers a “framework for a wide-ranging and still topical study of a variety of cultural phenomena” (Codde 2003). The conference will bring together insights and methodologies from literary studies, film studies and translation studies, and confront these with new perspectives in the field. We also welcome case studies of contemporary literary works and films from 2000 until now. The main focus will be on texts and films in English and/or Spanish.

Organizing Institutions: KU Leuven, Research Group VICT (“Translation and Intercultural Transfer”) and Ghent University, Research Group CLIV (“Literature in Translation”)

Conference programmePolyglots and Polysystems

Chair in Translation Studies (Utrecht University)

The Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication of the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University is seeking applications for a full professorship in the field of Translation Studies. The Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication (TLC) brings together expertise in the fields of specific Languages (Celtic & Classics, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) as well as those of Linguistics, Comparative Literature and Communication Studies. The successful candidate will have a key role to play in the department in the strategic development of Translation Studies both in teaching and research.

The Professor of Translation Studies will have teaching responsibilities in translation studies and be responsible for overseeing and further developing undergraduate and graduate teaching in the field. The Chair will also be charged with developing research capacity and new research lines in the field of Translation Studies, and will have responsibility for the staff involved in these teaching and research programmes.

The successful candidate will be able to :

  • initiate and stimulate graduate and undergraduate teaching within the Department on topics relating to Translation Studies;
  • initiate, stimulate, and supervise research within the Department in state of the art in Translation Studies;
    contribute to the visibility of the field of study both within and beyond the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch academic world;
  • apply successfully for research funding;
  • initiate, and participate in, activities aimed to disseminate academic knowledge to the wider public;
    demonstrate outreach, openness and the ability to build bridges between diverse approaches and colleagues;
    provide guidance and coaching to younger colleagues;
  • able and willing in due course to contribute to the management of the Department and the Faculty.


Required competences
The successful candidate will:

  • have excellent qualifications, evident from leading publications on themes relevant to the chair;
  • will preferably have some practical experience as a translator;
  • have a proven ability to develop a distinctive line of research within the framework described;
  • be able to use Dutch as a working language in translation studies or, in the case of non-Dutch speakers, be willing to acquire the relevant language skills within a period of two years;
  • have an excellent knowledge of at least one of the modern languages that is taught within the department (Dutch, English, French, Spanish, German or Italian)
  • be competent in English; have supervisory skills, evidenced by the coaching of young researchers, especially PhD students;
  • have a successful track record in attracting substantial research funding from external sources, or show the potential to do so;
  • be experienced in interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • have knowledge and experience with regard to the use and impact of research tools in field of Digital Humanities;
  • have an international orientation, evidenced by international research networks, as well as a commitment to working within the Dutch context.
  • be an excellent teacher who is motivated and able to motivate others;
  • have experience in course and curriculum development;
  • be motivated to take on administrative responsibilities within the department and the Faculty of Humanities and have all relevant organisational and practical skills to do so;• have relevant experience with administrative responsibilities;
  • have strong leadership and social skills;
  • be a team player who knows how to motivate people.


What we offer
We offer a 1.0 FTE position for five years, which upon positive evaluation will be converted into a permanent contract. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €5,582 and €8,127 (scale H2 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
Utrecht University is at the heart of society and has strong ambitions with regard to the quality and success of its programmes. With its distinct research profile in Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions of Open Societies the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe within an ever changing social and cultural context.

Your application can be uploaded through the link: below until the 27 January 2019.

Your application should consist of:

  • a letter of motivation;
  • a CV and list of publications;
  • a brief research plan which shows how you would develop your research in translation studies in the context of the Department;
  • one or two course outlines from earlier courses that you have taught and that are indicative of your approach to teaching translation studies.

For further information about the Department please visit :

For further information about the position, please download the full Description of the Chair in Translation Studies (chair_in_translation_studies). You are also free to contact the Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Ann Rigney, for further information.

Women are encouraged to apply for this position. Interviews with selected

Job offer: Professor within Translation Studies focused on Cultural Transfer

Apply until 06/11/2018 23:59 CET
Discipline: Translation Studies Focused on Cultural Transfer
100% Assistant professor tenure track
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Reference number: 201809/LW/ZAP/005


The job offer can be seen on the intern and/or extern web page.






  • have high-level academic research experience in the field of Translation Studies focused on cultural transfer, which can be corroborated by publications in quality, peer-reviewed, academic journals and books;
  • should have demonstrable expertise in the department’s research field of translation and culture;
  • are capable of initiating and supervising academic research and collecting the necessary funds for this;
  • should possess the necessary didactic skills to help university students develop and achieve academic competences;
  • should be able to demonstrate experience in academic teaching
  • Should have a knowledge of Dutch and of one or more languages taught at the department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at C2-level.


In addition:

  • being internationally mobile, inter alia by taking part in research programmes at research institutions not linked to the university where the highest degree was obtained, will be considered an asset;
  • having positively evaluated experience in offering and/or organising academic training is recommended;
  • involvement in the professionalisation of education will be considered an asset;
  • having translated in the field of culture in general is recommended.



For further information regarding these vacancies, please contact Professor Veronique Hoste ( at the faculty of Arts and Philosophy, department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication.

Call for papers – “Translation and Plurisemiotic Practices”

JoSTrans 35 (January 2021)

Special issue ‘Translation and Plurisemiotic Practices’

Guest editors : Francis Mus (Université de Liège – CIRTI) and Sarah Neelsen (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – CEREG)

This special issue of JoSTrans is a contribution to the current research on translating ‘multidimensional’ works that combine texts with other semiotic elements such as music, lighting, body movements or images, usually associated with the stage. Translators who have to transfer those plurisemiotic works face hybrid objects: as meaning is not only invested in words, translators must thus take into account this intersemiotic dialectics and create multidimensional works as well.

Contributions may address the following plurisemotic pratices: theatre, performance, music, poetry in sign language, plastic arts.

Some plurisemiotic practices have already been the object of academic research. This particularly applies to translation for the stage and audiovisual translation, two fields of research that have remarkably developed over the past two decades. Other areas are much less explored. Research on the interweaving of translation and music is much more recent, especially when popular music is involved. This is also the case for translation and plastic arts, the interconnection of which has rarely been the object of systematic research: can the translation of a text be shaped as an art object? What kind of translation does the circulation of plastic works require? Sign language has attracted a lot of interest of late, but is mostly studied as a language of translation rather than as a language of creation.

The 35th issue of JoSTrans will carry on developments already started in several previous issues, for instance ‘The Translation of Multimodal Texts’ (2013) and ‘Translation in the Creative Industries’ (2018), though in this forthcoming 35th issue contributions will be limited to plurisemiotic practices performed in front of an audience. Communication between artist(s) and audience(s) occurs through some form of ‘translation’, ‘localization’ or ‘adaptation’. Analyses can thus also tackle new professional fields of expertise as well as the development of new translation technologies, various topics that have already been addressed in several issues, particularly in issues n°23 (2015), 26 (2016) and 30 (2018).

Contributions should be thematically and methodologically related to one of the following areas of research:

1. While indeed some practices have already been studied in other disciplines (literary studies, semiotics, cultural studies, etc.), the focus will be here on Translation Studies. Proposals should belong, both thematically and methodologically, to an epistemological tradition in Translation Studies that provides tools to identify the specific nature of translation, while keeping in mind its intrinsically interdisciplinary dimension. Indeed, since some semiotic devices (for instance, can or should a tune or an image be translated?) and their interaction (for instance the relationship between text and image or between text and music) are often valued differently in different cultures, all translation will necessarily, to some extent, also be a ‘cultural translation’.

2. We aim at bringing together articles that go beyond case studies and achieve a cohesive whole in which several artistic disciplines are addressed and general hypotheses examined. We will also raise the question whether
there are challenges or translation techniques that apply to all artistic practices under scrutiny. Is it for instance possible to translate independently the various semiotic devices that concur in a work? How can translators ‘distribute’ (the translation of) those devices in the translation process itself? Should the ‘distribution’ in the target text be ‘equivalent’ to what it is in the source text? How can such an equivalence be defined? Can we talk here of a ‘compensation’ strategy? Finally, does the translation of plurisemiotic works
bring up some exceptional feature in translators’ activity, or does the very complexity of these works provide an ideal research object to illustrate some fundamental principles in any translation activity?

3. In this respect the part played by translators is essential. Since their translation must simultaneously take into account several semiotic systems, sometimes at the very moment when the practice occurs on stage, their
position is significantly changed / revalued. Indeed, the overlapping of technological developments over the second half of the twentieth century with the recognition and ever greater visibility of translators has extended the field in which the latter can perform their art. In Translation Studies too this new freedom has been recognized and studied since a prescriptive research tradition has yielded to descriptive approaches that do not only focus on
equivalence, but are also interested in the translators’ creative role. In this respect the study of plurisemiotic works will make it possible to better define the limits and the possibilities of translators as co-authors and to shed light on all sorts of collaborations they can develop (with directors, musicians, actors, etc.). The reception of works which include some form of translation can also be examined, notably from the perspective of co-construction of meaning by audiences and translators.

Contributions can be written in French or English and must not be over 7,000 words (footnotes and bibliographies included).

Publication schedule:
– Proposals (500-word abstract + biographical notice) must be sent by 1 February 2019 to the two guest editors: Francis Mus ( and Sarah Neelsen (
– Full articles must be sent by 25 August 2019. The journal’s style sheet can be downloaded at

Full text in English: CFP_JosTrans 35_EN_DEF

Description en français : CFP_JosTrans 35_FR_DEF