Translation Theory Lab

Translation Theory Lab Frei zur kommerziellen Nutzung.

The Translation Theory Lab is free and open to all translators, near and far, working in any language pair, who have an interest in the background questions, the theory and ethics of translation. The Translation Theory Lab is an online-meeting via Zoom from 6.30pm to 8pm, organised by the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow.

Timeframe for Autumn 2020:

Monday, 28th September
Wednesday, 28th October
Monday, 7th December

Demand for our regular Translators’ Stammtisch continues, so we are expanding our additional meetings for translators interested in theoretical questions around translation. At our usual monthly Translators’ Stammtisch we focus on practical translation questions and discuss participating translators’ translation projects-in-progress. This additional Translation Theory Lab aims to dive deeper into the subject matter and discuss questions about translation theory.

After a first term dedicated to the discussion of Kate Briggs’ This Little Art (Fitzcarraldo, 2017), this term will focus on another translator’s memoir: Mireille Gansel, Translation as Transhumance, translated from French by Ros Schwartz (Les Fugitives, 2017). It raises questions such as:

What is the ethical and moral obligation of the translator?

Is the translator always condemned to living in exile between languages and cultures?

What happens to the translator’s relationship with their mother tongue in the process of translation?

Relevant text excerpts will be emailed in advance via our mailing list (but feel free to read the entire book, available from the independent publisher’s website). Participants are asked to read these excerpts beforehand and reflect on them in preparation of the session.

If you are interested in attending one or all the meetings, please contact to be added to the mailing list.

You can register your interest free of charge on Eventbrite (you will find a direct link on the relevant event page below) or join our Facebook group. The events are free to attend.