Translatio explores pre-modern translation in all its guises.
The series investigates translation between languages in relation to other migrations and circulations – of peoples, objects, and practices; images, forms, and media – across the continents and islands of the medieval and early modern world.
It invites work showing how key words, concepts, and texts all gather new force – and encounter new obstacles – as they are translated between languages, cultures, and societies. It treats translation neither as a matter of exclusively interlingual transfer, nor merely as a convenient metaphor, but as the basis – then and now – for a rethinking of the humanities. It tests the boundaries separating the study of medieval and modern languages from the neighbouring disciplines of literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, and visual culture. It investigates new paradigms for the comparative and cosmopolitan study of literature. It models a critically enlarged conception of translation studies. Above image: T, pictured here as a hybrid formed of the Celtic and Arabic-Persian-Turkic letters, starts words relating to translation in many languages and cultures across the world. Starting with the letter ت , the Arabic-Persian-Turkic word targama is a foundational concept across the Middle East, just as translatio and its cognates are in European languages and cultures.
Translatio encourages submissions that variously challenge, realign, and remake the disciplines of the humanities, and which unsettle their established geographical and historical boundaries, including the period categories – ‘medieval’ and ‘early modern’ – that are offered as points of departure for the series as a whole. It particularly welcomes work that not only relates to the translational, but that also calls the concept into question, not least by reflecting on its own deployment of translational methods when it studies one language and its culture and society from the perspective of another.
By publishing work in a range of formats – including monographs and short works; new, facing-page English translations of primary texts; and edited volumes – the series aims to harness both the critical and creative possibilities of the translational humanities.
MONOGRAPHS | 80,000-100,000 words
Monographs shift the ground on which a topic is commonly understood and so change the landscape of research. Revised doctoral dissertations and theses are welcome. So are the submissions of established authors. Co-authored monographs, reflecting the expertise of more than one scholar, are also encouraged.
EDITED VOLUMES | 90,000-120,000 words
Edited volumes are highly effective when they enable collaboration across disciplines in pursuit of a shared research problem or topic and bring reflection on questions of transdisciplinary method to the fore. Editors are invited to clarify what the proposed volume as a whole offers by way of contribution to the field.
TRANSLATIONS | 40,000-100,000 words
Facing-page English translations of pre-modern texts in their source language(s) are a distinctive feature of the series. They establish Translatio as a home for multilingual work by combining primary text and translation. Their critical apparatus contributes further to the transfer of learning between languages and cultures. Proposals relating to neglected primary works are particularly welcome.
SHORT WORKS | 40,000-60,000 words
Essays, manifestoes, meditations, provocations: all these have long served those writing for and against the arts of translation. This series welcomes such thought-provoking forays into shorter formats. It invites those that concentrate minds on and focus debates about emerging ideas, methods, and orientations in the field of the translational humanities.
Richard Scholar, Professor of French, Durham University, UK (email@example.com)
Sven Dupré, Professor of History of Art, Science, and Technology (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Rebecca Gould, Professor of the Islamic World and Comparative Literature (University of Birmingham, UK), Sarah Knight, Professor of Renaissance Literature (University of Leicester, UK), Carla Nappi, Professor of History (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Series Advisory Board
- Ahmed Ragab, Associate Professor in the Institute of the History of Medicine (Johns Hopkins University);
- Anne Coldiron, Professor of English (Florida State University);
- Anita Traninger, Professor of Romance Literatures and Rhetoric (Freie Universität Berlin);
- Giancarlo Casale, Professor of Early Modern History of the Mediterranean (European University Institute);
- Haun Saussy, Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations (University of Chicago);
- James Pickett, Associate Professor in the Department of History (University of Pittsburgh);
- Jane Tylus, Professor of Italian and Professor of Comparative Literature (Yale University);
- Kelsey Rubin-Detlev, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures (University of Southern California);
- Javed Majeed, Professor of English and Comparative Literature (King’s College London);
- Ladan Niayesh, Professor of Early Modern Studies (University of Paris);
- Michael Emmerich, Professor of Japanese Literature (UCLA);
- Patricia Palmer, Professor of English (National University of Ireland Maynooth);
- Racha Kirakosian, Professor of Medieval German Studies (University of Freiburg);
- Ryan Szpiech, Associate Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Judaic Studies (University of Michigan);
- Shamil Jeppie, Associate Professor of History (University of Cape Town).