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La Fabrique Des Humanités: Translation Program in Humanities & Social Sciences

The association ATLAS, which aims to promote literary translation, is launching a new program of one-week workshops, designed to enable young scholars to develop their skills in translation and to facilitate the flow of translations between English and French in philosophy, the humanities and social sciences.


Each workshop would bring together 10 participants:

  • 8 people per workshop, 4 participants translating from French into English and 4 from English into French
  • 2 translators-in-residence will run the workshops (one per direction)
  • Prior to the workshop, participants will prepare texts to be discussed during the 5 days
  • A 3-hour session will be devoted to each text. Problematic points will be discussed among the participants under the guidance of the translators-in-residence
  • Participant will collaborate with colleagues translating in the opposite direction
  • The workshop requires the active involvement of all attendees, in order to encourage exchanges.
  • The program will also include two side-events (panel discussion and lecture), which will offer the participants the opportunity to meet publishers and editors of journals, as well as a leading scholar in their respective fields.


  • Promote networking among young French, British and American researchers, PhD and postdoctoral students, and freelance translators
  • Enhance the translation skills of young researchers
  • Give them key concepts and analytical tools to engage with the texts they are working on
  • Offer a state-of-the-art overview of their respective research fields
  • Foster connections between scientific journals and skilled translators


Jan. 8 -12, 2017 | EHESS – Paris, France: Translating Sociology and Anthropology: APPLY
Deadline: October 15, 2017

Dec. 18-22, 2017 | CITL – Arles, France: Translating Philosophy: APPLY
Deadline: October 15, 2017

Dec. 4-8, 2017| University of Stirling – UK: Translating History: APPLY
Deadline: October 15, 2017

Jan. 16-20, 2018 | Yale University, Department of French – New Haven, USA: Translating Critical Thought: APPLY
Deadline: October 15, 2017


Candidates must submit an application including:

  • 5-pages excerpt (+/- 1500 words) of a translation in progress (book or article)
  • Copy of the original
  • Abstract of the book or article and brief statement on the reasons why the text merits translation (+/- 500 words)
  • Resume of the translator
  • Cover letter


A fee of €500 (or dollar equivalent) per participant is required. Financial aid may be requested, i.e. if the applicant does not receive financial support from his/her university. These grants are limited in number and are need-based.

The program funds:

  • Tuition
  • Lodging
  • Lunch on workshop days
  • Financial aid may be requested, i.e. if the applicant does not receive financial support from his/her university. Travel expenses might be taken of by the organizers. Conditions applied. These grants are limited in number and are need-based.


Association pour la promotion de la traduction littéraire
Contact : caroline.roussel@atlas-citl.org
Tel. : + 33 (0) 4 90 52 05 50

La Fabrique des Humanités est soutenue par l’Institut français, la Délégation générale à la langue française et aux langues de France (MCC) et la Sofia.

The Workshops are organized in collaboration with the EHESS – Paris / France in co-production with The University of Stirling (UK) and The Yale French Department with additional support from The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke, the Kempf Memorial Fund and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.

The association, ATLAS, provides residencies in translation, support for translators, organizes literary events and endeavours to raise awareness of the cultural impact of translation among the general public. An important part of its project is training and development.