Archipel U

Archipel UInternational meeting of Translators of Ukrainian Literature   

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Call for entries

The Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB) in cooperation with the Ukrainian Book Institute is organizing an International Meeting of Translators of Ukrainian Literature from 25 – 29 August 2024. Up to 30 literary translators from all over the world will have the opportunity to learn about current developments in Ukrainian literature, exchange views on current translation approaches, discuss strategies for promoting Ukrainian literature. Participants can become involved in a growing network through personal contacts with authors, publishers, and critics, as well as with colleagues in other countries. Questions of aesthetics and poetic traditions will be discussed along with the economic conditions and best practices in the promotion of Ukrainian literature in the participants‘ countries. A public event on contemporary Ukrainian literature will complement the discussions that take place during the conference.

The meeting in Berlin is part of the EU-funded „Archipelagos“ project, in which 11 European partner organisations work together in various formats to strengthen translators in their role as initiators and mediators of Europe’s less represented literatures. Within this framework, the LCB’s international network will be at the service of Ukrainian literature. The natural locations for such a network meeting would be Kyiv, Kharkiv or other Ukrainian cities, but the events of the war make it impossible to realise such a project at present.

Claudia Dathe (Jena), Sofia Onufriv (Berlin), Roksolana Sviato (Kyiv)

Who can take part?
We look forward to receiving your application if you translate literature from Ukrainian, preferably in a country of the Creative Europe programme (these are, in addition to the 27 EU member states: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia), and already have published translations.
A list of target languages is available here.

Translators from other countries are also welcome to apply.

Participants will receive:
Reimbursement of travel expenses, hotel accommodation in Berlin if required (25-29 August 2024), meals.

Conference language:
Ukrainian, with public events in German and English

Please e-mail the completed application form by 31 May 2024 to Jürgen Jakob Becker:

Application form



Jürgen Jakob Becker

+49 (0) 30 816 996 25