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Translators' Stammtisch

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Goethe-Institute

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Literary translators – and translators more generally – are often forced to spend the majority of their time alone, glued to their computers and/or dictionaries. Though many translators are very sociable creatures who enjoy passionate discussions about foreign languages, native tongues, culture, society, politics and (even) grammar! The Translators’ Stammtisch [German; a regular’s table, usually in a pub] is offers a monthly opportunity for literary translators (mainly working into English, though open to translators of all language combinations) to get together and discuss their work and other joys and issues related to literary translation.

Our topic for this semester is "border crossing and bridge-buidling", which will include discussions on the role of translation and translators as intercultural mediators, through communicating between different language variants, political convictions, ideologies, in times of war and peace and (EU) political upheavals. We'll also be looking at the way in which texts and their interpretations might change across state borders (in addition to the obvious linguistic borders) and at newer phenomena like "bridge translators", producing draft translations to be honed into a text by non-linguists.

All translators are invited to bring along an excerpt from their current work (up to 1000 words of work in progress, prose or poetry, destined for publication or for pleasure) to share and discuss and benefit from the hive-mind of emerging and experienced literary translators. Interested translators are also welcome to bring along textual examples of common issues, or theoretical work on the topic of translation, to discuss in a group.

The Translators’ Stammtisch is open to all translators and will meet from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow. The dates for this semester are:

Thursday, 28th September 2017
Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Tuesday, 28th November 2017
(Christmassy gathering in December, TBC)
Tuesday, 16th January 2018

If you are interested in attending one or all the meetings, please sign up on our Eventbrite page. The events are free to attend.

Contact: Rebecca DeWald via library@glasgow.goethe.org.

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