Barnard Center for Translation Studies

Barnard’s Center for Translation Studies is a space for the study of the modes and methodologies of translation, as well as a space for exploration of the major political, ethical, and theoretical issues in translation studies today. Translation Studies places language at the core of current debates about globalization and its impact on cultural identities. Events at the Center include lectures, small-scale and major conferences The Center welcomes involvement from students and faculty in any discipline. Our conviction is that translation, both as a concept and a practice, is a common if often un-interrogated dimension of almost every area of intellectual inquiry.
Center Director Peter Connor conducts a series of interviews about translation with Barnard College affiliates and visitors to campus.
Interview of April 7, 2012, with poet and translator Johannes Görannson on his experience of the translation process, bilingualism and poetry, violence and art, Swedish cultural myths, and much more (link to YouTube, 44:31 minutes), along with his readings (3:41 minutes) from the work of poet Aase Berg.
Interview of March 30, 2012, with author, translator and BC alumna Lynne Sharon Schwartz (link to YouTube, 32:05 minutes) about her translations of Italian authors Natalia Ginzburg and Liana Millu, and about her new volume of poetry, See You in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), from which she reads her translations (3:02 minutes) of Catullus and Verlaine.
Interview of March 29, 2012, with poet, novelist and translator Serge Gavronsky, who retires from Barnard College this year after a 50-year career in the French Department (link to YouTube, 31:16 minutes); and readings (6:27 minutes) from the poetry of Joseph Guglielmi and Joyce Mansour, and from his own work.
Interview of February 24, 2012, with translator Elizabeth Clark Wessel about current trends in Swedish poetry, and on her own translations of the verse of Anna Hallberg (link to YouTube; 24:37 minutes).
BC Library Pathfinder
Barnard Library Vani Natajaran developed the following guide for students and faculty interested in translation studies.