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The Institut Ramon Llull is hosting the onsite workshop of the Catalan Studies Specialisation Course: Literary Translation

Language.  Barcelona,  02/07/2015

The Palau del Baró de Quadras, the home of the Institut Ramon Llull will be hosting the onsite sessions of the first Catalan Studies Specialisation Course: Literary Translation from 6 to 10 July. The programme is an initiative of the IRL with the support of the Universitat de Vic–Universitat Central de Catalunya and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The purpose of the course is to further the training of literary translators working from Catalan into English and to broaden the existing network of literary translators in the Catalan language. 

The course is being attended by ten students from leading universities in the USA and the UK, among them Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and the Queen Mary University of London. When the course registration opened, 30 applications were received for the ten available places, hence choosing the participants was a complicated and rigorous process, meaning that the standard is extraordinarily high. The ten students will now find themselves in Barcelona, where they will have the opportunity to put into context the knowledge they acquired during the first module of the course, taught online between February and May. The programme includes a Catalan-English literary translation workshop, taught by the Professor of Translation and Interpreting at the UVic-UCC, Ronald Puppo, which will be complemented by practical sessions on resources for translators and visits to literary agencies and publishing houses.

This activity is part of the IRL’s two-pronged approach to encouraging Catalan language and culture studies in universities abroad and to training translators in Catalan literature. The fact that English is the language with the largest market in the international publishing industry means that the translation into English of Catalan works of literary is doubly strategic due to its enormous capacity for dissemination and because it acts as a bridge between Catalan literature and other languages.

The programme combines training in the Catalan language and cultural aspects, as well as the theory and practice of literary translation.

Organised by the IRL in collaboration with the UVic-UCC and the UOC

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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