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Virtual forum


November 3–14, 2008

December 5–6, 2008

Monterey Insitute of International Studies
Monterey, California

Centre for Translation Studies
University of Vienna, Austria

Announcement and call for papers

Where are future translation scholars educated? What are TS graduate programs like? What is their position within their respective higher–education institutions and systems? These and other questions are being investigated by TS Doc, a working group on doctoral programs in Translation Studies set up in December 2007 with a simple yet ambitious agenda: to draw a map of doctoral programs, collect data from them, and set up a forum for the exchange of best practices.

TS Doc
has been conducting a survey of European doctoral programs since the start of 2008 and will round up the first year of operation at a conference kindly hosted by the Centre for Translation Studies of the University of Vienna on December 5 and 6, 2008.

Contributions are invited on all issues related to doctoral programmes in TS, their challenges and objectives, and possible strategies for cooperation. The conference will be an opportunity to share ideas and best practices and to understand differences and similarities between programs. Also, at a time when many new translation courses are being offered across Europe, the employment prospects of young scholars with graduate degrees in translation may be explored.

Doctoral programs in Translation Studies will add institutional and administrative issues to the typical scientific gathering. This will be reflected in the conference program. There will be plenty of room for open debate and interaction among the participants. Besides the individual presentations we are all familiar with, we encourage panel and round–-table sessions on specific topics.

The Vienna conference will be prepared by a virtual forum courtesy of Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

The two events are closely linked; results from the forum will feed the Vienna debate the following month. The forum is open to all, but current, past and prospective students of TS graduate programs are warmly invited to contribute.

Scientific committee

The one scientific committee covers both the virtual forum and the Vienna conference. The committee includes Gerhard Budin (Vienna), Anthony Pym (MIIS / URV), plus the members of TS Doc: Yves Gambier (chairperson), Reine Meylaerts, Christiane Nord, Nike K. Pokorn and Ubaldo Stecconi.

Organizing committees

Virtual forum: Anthony Pym, Intercultural Studies Group, Rovira i Virgili University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Vienna conference: Gerhard Budin and the Centre for Translation Studies, University of Vienna.


Proposals are invited for 25-minute individual presentations and for 90-minute panel discussions. Please include topics and names of potential panelists in your submissions for panel discussions.

Send the title of your contribution and a 200–word abstract in English to Yves Gambier by September 26, 2008. You will hear from the scientific committee by November 3, 2008.


The virtual forum in November is free of charge.

Fees for the Vienna conference are as follows:

€150 early registration by October 24, 2008, 12 noon CET.
€200 full fee by December 1, 2008, 12 noon CET.

The colleagues who will have sent a filled-in questionnaire to the members of TS Doc prior to registration are charged a reduced fee of €100 as a token of appreciation.

Registration information for the Vienna conference can be found at

See you online, and later in Vienna.