Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators

Call for Applications. The Paul Celan Fellowship Program of IWM and Erste Foundation aims to help overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and reception of scholarly literature which resulted from the division of Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, the program was established to contribute to filling gaps in the relevant literature on both sides as well as improving mutual understanding between formerly isolated cultures.

Deadline: 05/03/2010
Open to: translators
Fund: full

The Paul Celan Fellowships support East-West, West-East and East-East translations of canonical texts as well as contemporary key works in the Humanities, Social Sciences and in the field of Cultural Studies. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars. A thematic relation to one of the IWM’s research fields is likewise welcomed.

Please note that no applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted.

Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months at the iwm between July 2010 and June 2011 to pursue their translation projects while working in residence at the Institute. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of eur 2,250 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna (travel, accommodation, health insurance and incidentals). The IWM provides a personal office with e-mail and internet access, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna. Paul Celan Visiting Fellows participate in the scholarly community and activities of the IWM.

The application consists of (in English or German):

* the application form (please download HERE)
* a curriculum vitae
* the name of the author and the work to be translated (from the original language)
* the exact number of pages
* a contract with a publisher
* proof that the translator/publisher holds the rights to the translation and its publication
* the planned date of publication
* the program of the publishing house

For further details please see this WEB

Deadline for application is March 5, 2010.

Please send the application by mail to:

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Fellowship Coordinator
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien

Advance copies by e-mail are accepted:
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Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in late spring 2010.
The jury is not required to publicly justify its decisions.

For decades the political and cultural division of Europe deeply impaired the East-West reception of literature and debates in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since 1989 conditions for intellectual production in Central and Eastern Europe have significantly improved. As a result, important works were published which, however, have not yet found the attention they deserve in the West.

With their transdisciplinary and comparative approach, Cultural Studies have become one of the most productive and innovative fields of contemporary research, which has successfully expanded to Eastern Europe. But although Cultural Studies are particularly conducive to intercultural understanding, translations of key texts in this discipline are still rare in both directions, East and West. Scholarly works written by female authors and/or on gender issues are generally underrepresented on the translation balance sheet between East and West.

Against this background the IWM has initiated its translation program in 1987. After two decades of successful work ERSTE Foundation joined in as a partner of the Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators. With this newly established cooperation, focus and scope of the program were adapted and expanded in order to incorporate the recent changes in the intellectual landscape of Europe.

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