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Translating Each Other
Translating the Other

The Global City as a Site of Translation

June 23 to July 6, 2019

Concordia University is pleased to announce an International Graduate Summer School on the topic Translating Each Other / Translating the Other: The Global City as a Site of Translation.


Course Description

This 3-credit course will focus on the historical, sociological, and cultural factors that have made the global city – and the City of Montreal, more specifically – a location of translation and a source of scholarship on translation. The course will examine the professional, practical and theoretical implications of translation between Canada’s legislated official languages, French and English, of translation arising from the growing number of communities using a language other than English or French, and finally, of the emerging body of translation from and into Canada’s Indigenous languages. Methodology employed in the history of translation, postcolonial studies, and the sociology of translation, among others, will be applied to the rich spectrum of case studies available in the context of Montreal and other multilingual, cosmopolitan cities.

Target Audience

Local, national and international students, at the Master’s, PhD, and Postdoctoral level, with an interest in translation or literary studies. Applications from independent researchers or translators will also be considered.

Language of instruction

English and French (a working knowledge of both languages is advised).


Dr. Judith Woodsworth
Professor of Translation and Translation Studies
Département d’études françaises

Summer School Format

The summer school will begin with a keynote lecture by Professor Sherry Simon and will draw on the expertise of other distinguished Concordia faculty and visiting faculty from other institutions. The course will consist of eight three-hour seminars, to be held Tuesday to Friday morning, over a period of two weeks.

A colloquium will be scheduled in the afternoons, providing students with an opportunity to present their current research as it relates to the topic of the course and to receive feedback from the teaching faculty and other participants.

Late afternoons and evenings, as well as weekends, will be devoted to private study, and to the many cultural activities and excursions that will complement the academic program.

Cultural Aspect and Field Visits

The summer school will straddle two national holidays, Quebec’s fête nationale, Saint-Jean Baptiste Day (June 24), and Canada Day (July 1), which coincide with Montreal’s famous jazz festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Concordia is steps away from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and only a few metro stops away from countless other cultural activities:

  • Guided tours of local neighbourhoods: the Old City, Mile End, Saint-Henri/Pointe-Saint-Charles.
  • Field trip to Kahnawà:ke, a Mohawk First Nations Reserve on the outskirts of Montreal, tour of its Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center, with a guest lecture about settler/Indigenous relations and language revival.
  • Round table with prominent literary translators sharing their experiences on the topics: who are we translating and why? is there a gap between theory and practice?
  • Translation slam: students will be provided with poems in French, English and Spanish, and invited to read their translations of one or more of the poems, into their own language, as part of an outing to a local restaurant.
  • Visits to local museums.


Please note that a limited number of fellowships covering tuition costs and fees are available, on a competitive basis, for interested candidates who submit an application before the deadline.


How to apply

If you are interested in translation studies, in this unique format and setting, we ask that you send a Letter of Intent (300-500 words) stating your interest in this course and showing the relevance of your experience, research interests and accomplishments. Please submit a copy of your latest Curriculum Vitae and of your Unofficial Transcript, and indicate whether you are seeking financial assistance.  

The deadline for applications is: April 1, 2019

All applications should be submitted electronically. All documents must be in DOC, DOCX or PDF format.

Please submit your application by clicking on the "Apply!" button below.

For further information, please contact either Dr. Judith Woodsworth (for academic inquiries) or Vincent Martineau (for logistical and/or administrative inquiries) at


We look forward to welcoming you to Montreal and to fostering an exciting exchange of ideas at the International Graduate Summer School.

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