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The beginning of the specialization course in Catalan Studies: literary translation

Language.  Barcelona,  02/10/2017

This Monday the specialization course in Catalan Studies (literary translation) gets underway, organized by the Institute Ramon Llull in collaboration with the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia and the Open University of Catalonia, with the aim of promoting the training of literary translators from Catalan into German and expanding the network of literary translators from Catalan.

The course is in two parts: an online theoretical module that begins now and runs until next May, and a classroom-based literary translation workshop to be held in Barcelona in September 2018. The course has 10 students, all of them from universities in Germany, a country where there are 20 universities offering Catalan studies (some of them with the support of the IRL). They are students on different degree courses such as Multilingual Communication, Romance Philology, Translation and Iberian Culture.

The module starting now is the online version of the first semester, in collaboration with the Open University of Catalonia. The students will study two in-depth language subjects. Later, two subjects more focused on translation will be taught online at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia.

Moreover, students will also be able to take part in the activity “Twenty-four hours at the Frankfurt Book Fair”, during which various meetings with professionals from the world of publishing will be organized.

Finally, in September 2018 the students will come to Barcelona to do the classroom-based part at the Institute Ramon Llull, where they will follow a programme combining the practice of the literary translation of Catalan books into German with an introduction to the publishing sector, from a more professional point of view.

This course allows us to continue the programme of training literary translators from Catalan, one of the objectives of the Institute Ramon Llull that has already been done in English, Russian, Polish and Italian, and now in German. This course was first held in 2015 and was focused on translation into English.

Ten students from different German universities have enrolled 

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.

Generalitat de CatalunyaGovern Illes BalearsAjuntament de Barcelona

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