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Romani-Translation Summer Institute (June 20-July 1, 2023)

Part of Concordia's Jean Monnet Chair

Date & time
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 –
Saturday, July 1, 2023
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Philippe Caignon; Renée Desjardins; Ugo Ellefsen; Debbie Folaron; Ian Hancock; Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo; Rita Kothari; Hristo Kyuchukov; Barbara Lorenzkowski; Carmen Ruschiensky; Lela Savić; Hedina Sijerčić; Sherry Simon; Şebnem Susam-Saraeva; Gyula Vámosi


This event is free


Jean Monnet Chair



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This first-ever interdisciplinary summer institute combining Romani and translation expertise will provide students/attendees with opportunities to apply Romani language skills to practice and research that involves translation in a variety of contexts.

General objectives:

  1. Discuss the specificities of minority translation in general, and multilingual Romani translation in particular, with on-site scholars and practitioners
  2. Explore strategies useful for developing bilingual and plurilingual abilities into translation or interpretation skills in the Romani context
  3. Share insights, experiences, and expertise on Romani translation and interpreting practices
  4. Encourage avenues of research in the area of Romani translation
  5. Offer students/attendees on-site opportunities for translation practice, self-reflection on translation and interpreting procedures, and discussions with experienced translators and researchers
  6. Create an environment of positive exchange that can inspire the creation of networks and partnerships for future projects and initiatives in the domain of Romani translation

The summer institute sessions are organized into morning and afternoon modules, and activities in 4TH SPACE, Concordia University’s interactive knowledge-sharing space at the downtown campus. Attendees are expected to actively participate. They are encouraged to meet faculty members, students and practitioners working in Canada’s official languages (English, French) and other immigrant and Indigenous languages. Qualified undergraduate and graduate students, translators, teachers, writers, interpreters, journalists and others wishing to explore the professional and academic areas of Romani translation are encouraged to apply.

Planned course modules and activities include:

  • Romani language & linguistics for translators and interpreters (Hristo Kyuchukov)
  • Translation as a tool for teaching the Romani language (Hedina Sijerčić)
  • Conducting & transcribing oral history and other interviews with translators and interpreters (Barbara Lorenzkowski) (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling)
  • Translation technology as a tool for teaching language and translation (Ugo Ellefsen, Debbie Folaron, with Romani language leads Hristo Kyuchukov and Gyula Vámosi)
  • Minority language-culture in translation (Rita Kothari)
  • Romani language-culture in translation (Hedina Sijerčić)
  • Translating poems and short stories practicum (Rita Kothari, Hedina Sijerčić)
  • Romani language and translation workshop (Gyula Vámosi)
  • Translation, migration, and memory (Sherry Simon)
  • Professional interpreter practices and certification (Laurence Jay-Rayon Ibrahim Aibo)
  • Romani interpeting practice (Gyula Vámosi)
  • Romani language realities: common language? Standardization? (Ian Hancock)
  • Professional terminology methods for translation purposes and certification (Philippe Caignon)
  • Audiovisual translation and subtitling: concept and practice (Ugo Ellefsen, with Romani language lead Gyula Vámosi)
  • News media translation (Renée Desjardins) Romani news and media translation
  • Music and multimodal translation (Şebnem Susam-Saraeva) Romani music and multimodal translation (Hristo Kyuchukov and Gyula Vámosi)
  • Food translation & culture (Renée Desjardins) Romani food & culture (Mária Vámosiné Palmai)
  • Translator self-reflexivity, professionalism, & ethics (Debbie Folaron, Hedina Sijerčić, Carmen Ruschiensky

4TH SPACE activities:

  • Open discussion on Romani language and translation (Hristo Kyuchukov, Hedina Sijerčić)
  • Open public discussion: Roma perspectives on films and documentaries about Roma (Hristo Kyuchukov, Gyula Vámosi)
  • Open discussion on Roma cultures (Hedina Sijerčić)
  • Public talk: Jekhipe – Unity (Ian Hancock)
  • Public roundtable discussion with Roma journalists on reporting and translating news and social media in Romani context (Lela Savić, Branko Ɖurić, Dalibor Tanić)
  • Public program: Romani translation readings, and attribution of “Ronald Lee Translator Award”

Activities include:

  • Guided assistance for selecting and translating excerpts of poetry, tales, or short stories for the capstone public program
  • Hands-on exercises for translating, subtitling, and captioning of audio-visual content
  • Participation in public Romani translation reading capstone event

Sessions will take place on-campus:

The Romani-Translation Summer Institute is the third in a series of program events planned by the Jean Monnet Chair. It follows Workshop 1 (2021) and Workshop 2 (2022). Mode of delivery is on-site. Sessions will take place on-campus at the Département d’études françaises, 4th Space, and at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), as well as at the Goethe-Institut, Le Frigo Vert, and at La Converse.

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With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

The European Commission's support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Additional acknowledgements

The Romani-Translation Summer Institute gratefully acknowledges support in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

We also wish to express our deepest gratitude for the support from:

Eriksen Translations
SPIK Simultaneous Interpretation Service
La Converse
The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Roma Research Centre, University of Silesia
Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
The Concordia Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University
Concordia Faculty of Arts and Science: Département d'études francaises; Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics; Department of English
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