Valentyna Savchyn: Ukrainian Translation and Translators in Soviet Labour Camps
Date: Wednesday 30 March 2022
Time: 13.00 – 15.00
Location: K-rummet, E439
Literary seminar in Russian and Czech
Dr. Valentyna Savchyn
Ukrainian Translation and Translators in Soviet Labour Camps
This paper explores translation practices in situations of incarceration – a phenomenon which, despite its prominence in Soviet Ukraine, traditionally remained on the margins of translation history and is still largely understudied and unmapped. The focus of the seminar is on the activity of Ukrainian literary translators in Soviet corrective labour camps during the Brezhnev era. Prison translation foregrounds wider issues of creativity through physical constraints, and challenges the conventional perception of literary translation, construing it as a conscious project of resistance with specific sets of actors and functions.
Dr. Savchyn is Associate Professor at the Department of Translation Studies and Contrastive Linguistics, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Her research interests are within translation studies, translation history and lexicography with a focus on the Soviet period. During the academic year 2021–2022 she is a Visiting Fellow at The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala.
Last updated: March 24, 2022
Source: Slavic dept / Susanna Witt