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Call for Applications: Finnish Literary Translation, Intensive Seminar, May 21-25, 2018, IUB campus

Fri, Feb 2, 11:59 pm

The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), the Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI), and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) at Indiana University call for applicants to attend an intensive seminar for prospective Finnish literary translators hosted at Indiana University, Bloomington from May 21-25, 2018. This seminar seeks to augment the Finnish programs at a variety of North American universities by offering students and faculty practice in translation and an introduction to the profession of literary translation. Through a combination of workshops, lectures, and cultural activities, participants will be introduced to the field of literary translation and the practical concerns for a beginning translator of Finnish, including professional norms, the use of translation technology, funding sources, and contracts. Participants will deepen their knowledge of Finnish literature and language, and receive experience in the production of translations across a variety of literary genres. Some attention will also be paid to other professional opportunities for Finnish translators and linguists beyond literature.

The seminar will be led by Dr. Owen Witesman, a leading translator of Finnish literature and an active member of the professional literary translation community. Dr. Witesman holds degrees in linguistics (BYU), Central Eurasian Studies (IUB), and Public Affairs (IUB), and is a former EDUFI intern for FILI.

Applicants for the seminar must have completed a minimum of two years of university Finnish instruction (or equivalent) before the beginning of the seminar and demonstrate a strong commitment to future study and academic or professional pursuits related to Finland. Prior translation experience is not required, although any experience with translation, literary studies, or creative writing will enhance the learning experience.

Faculty accepted to the seminar will work alongside students as participants in the workshops and will be invited to contribute as presenters and discussants during the other portions of the seminar.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for support from EDUFI to cover travel and accommodation costs. Instruction and course materials will be provided at no cost by FILI. Advanced course credit may be available to student participants for a fee through Indiana University.

Applications must be received by February 4. The application form may be accessed at


For further information about the seminar or the application process, please contact Dr. Witesman (; 801-491-4343).