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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.

Language: English
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.