South Asian Literature in Translation (the SALT Project) is pleased to announce SummerSALT, a weeklong residential summer school for emerging translators from South Asian languages. The school will be held in partnership with the American Institute for Lankan Studies, August 5-9, 2024, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Applications closed March 15 and applicants were notified of their status on March 31. If you applied but have not heard whether SALT was able to offer you a spot, please check your spam folder.

Applicants were asked to describe their literary translation and other relevant experience, to provide a CV and personal statement, and include a sample translation limited to 400 words.

Prospective students applied to one of the following five workshops:

  • Bangla, led by Arunava Sinha
  • Hindi-Urdu, led by Daisy Rockwell (open to translators of Hindi or Urdu)
  • Tamil, led by Sumathy Sivamohan
  • Multilingual poetry, led by Ranjit Hoskote
  • Multilingual prose, led by Tejaswini Niranjana

Students in the Bangla, Hindi-Urdu, and Tamil groups will work on translating a text by a writer who will participate in the workshop. The multilingual prose and poetry groups are open to those working from any South Asian language(s), with each participant supplying a short text for discussion. A number of slots in the multi-language groups will be ringfenced for translators from Sinhala.

The registration fee for successful SummerSALT applicants is USD $800, which includes accommodation and meals as well as programming. To remove barriers to access, SALT will offer financial aid and bursary support: a number of reduced-fee registrations, and some travel bursaries, will be available.

Frequently asked questions about SummerSALT:

  • Deadline: The application deadline was March 15. Successful applicants will be notified April 1, 2024.
  • Programming: A typical day includes about 4.5 hours of workshopping plus a plenary session. Participants will meet publishers, authors, and of course fellow translators, accomplished experts as well as those just starting out.
  • Dates: Successful applicants are asked to attend the entire program, beginning Monday, August 5, at 5 pm, running through 3 pm on Friday, August 9.

SALT gratefully acknowledges the active partnership of American Institute for Lankan Studies, and additional support from the Neubauer Collegium.

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