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Tracking Translation Data - Multi-Disciplinary Translation Studies Meeting
WhenFriday, Apr 12, 2019, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room226
Event typesMeetings…

Translation’s Visibility – Tracking and Improving Translation Data

Need to find how many times Dante’s Inferno has been translated into English for a research project? Easy, right? Not at all. One of the biggest barriers to the ability of scholars to explore the impact of literature in translation is the lack of complete and accurate information about the translation process in library databases, such as basic details like the translator’s name, and the title, edition and publisher of the original work. At our April meetup we will talk about the origins of the problem and its impact, and some efforts locally and in Europe to improve the situation. We’ll get some specialist help with the conversation from three UW librarians:

Michael Biggins, Slavic, Baltic and East European Studies Librarian and an award-winning literary translator.
Deb Raftus, Spanish & Portuguese, French & Italian, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Librarian.
Hyokyoung Yi, Korean Studies Librarian who is currently working on a research project of Korean literature in translation.…

Are you interested in translation as scholarship at the UW? Join us! We are hosting three featured-speaker events and monthly meetups for UW translation scholars. Share information about your own translation work and research on our Facebook page. If you’d like to join our email listserv please email Katie King (

​The cluster promotes translation as a valued form of scholarship in its own right as advocated by the Modern Language Association’s 2007 report on evaluating translation for tenure and promotion, and the MLA’s 2011 guidelines for peer review of translation as scholarship. Our goal is to spark a conversation that will lead to greater opportunities for translation scholarship, including the possible creation of translation certificates or degrees.

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