Translators’ Stammtisch

Translator's Stammtisch Photo: Goethe-Institut Glasgow

The Great Divide: Theory and Practice in and of Translation

The Translators’ Stammtisch is open to literary translators of all language combinations and will meet at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.

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] 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 practical and theoretical joys and issues related to literary translation.

This semester, we will again put particular focus on the tension between theory and practice in literary translation. Translation Studies as a discipline is continually growing, but does it matter for real, hands-on translation? What can we learn from translation theories, what hints and knacks can we pick up from it? And how can translation theory stay connect with the everyday practice? We hope to incite literary translators and theoretical minds to discuss these topics and maybe even come to an agreement (of sorts).

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 events - further details of which can be found in the calendar below - are free to attend.

If you are interested in attending one or all the meetings, please sign up on our Eventbrite page.
You are also invited to join our Facebook group for more discussion via the link to the right.

Contact: Rebecca DeWald via