Transatlantic Translation Workshop - NEW!!

FREN BC 3001             Transatlantic Translation Workshop             Spring 2018
 
Prof Laurie Postlewate
Office: 311 Milbank  854-2053
Office hours: Mon 1-2 and Thurs 11:30-12:30
Please use my online calendar to schedule appointments outside of office hours: calendly.com/lpostlewate
 

Description: A workshop in which students from the BC/CU community collaborate with students from the École Normale Supérieure-Lyon on two translation projects. Our objective is to give students in New York and Lyon the opportunity to share ideas, cooperate on projects, and engage in conversational exchange in both French and English. 

 

Learning Outcomes-Students who participate in the workshop will:

  • Practice translation, French to English and English to French
  • Collaborate on translation projects with French counterparts
  • Produce two translations projects

 

Why: Translation is an activity that very often takes place in a collaborative environment, with translators consulting each other and sharing work. The workshop will foster an environment of cooperation and collective editing. while encouraging exchange with students in another country, in a foreign language. 

 

Who: Students from the BC/CU community who have previous translation experience and students from the Centre de Langues at the École Normale Supérieure-Lyon. The BC/CU students will be supervised by Prof Laurie Postlewate and the ENS-Lyon students by Layla Roesler.

 

What:

 

  1. French to English translation: (10-15 pages double-spaced) Our text base is a collection of articles from the French-language digital journal Lectures, published online by the Sociology Dept. of ENS-Lyon. Students will be guided (with their partners and under the supervision of the instructors) in the selection of an article to translate from French to English. The editorial staff of Lectures is interested in publishing online select articles in English and students will therefore have the opportunity to submit their work at the end of the semester.

 

  1. English to French: (10-15 pages double-spaced) We will translate chapters from Heinz Pagels, The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature. A classic in popular scientific literature for a general audience. The book has not been translated into French and ENS-Lyon is interested in an online publication of it. Student groups will each work on one chapter of the book.

 

How: The four two-hour class sessions will be divided between video-conferencing with our the ENS group in Lyon and our own discussion of and work on the translation projects. Each student will be assigned a translation ‘partner’ in Lyon with whom they will work on translations during the semester. Outside of group class sessions, students will consult and collaborate with their partners in Lyon via Skype sessions, email, and Google Docs; they are also required to have at least four individual consultations with Prof Postlewate during the semester to discuss their work. A log of interactions with their partner and submission of completed translations (see below) is part of the required written work. It is expected that students will make an effort to interact in both French and English.

 

When:

  1. Four Mandatory group sessions from 10:10 am-12:00 pm

Friday, January 26

Friday, February 16

Friday, March 23

Friday, April 13

  1. During the semester, students must have at least four interactions by Skype or Facebook Chat with their partner in Lyon. The will record their virtual meetings in a log Canvas, giving the date and time of each interaction and a summary of what was discussed.
  2. Students are required to meet with Prof Postlewate at least four times during the semester to discuss their translations and their interactions with partners.

 

Course requirements and breakdown of grade:

Participation in 4 class sessions and individual consultations with instructor    15%

Interaction log submitted on Canvas   15%

Translation project #1 French-English  (due March 23)   35%

Translation project #2 English-French  (due April 30)     35%

 

Attendance and Participation: If you must be absent from a group class session, please contact Prof Postlewate immediately. Absence from more than one of the four sessions will result in a lower participation grade.

 

Book to purchase: Heinz Pagels, The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature (Dover)

 

Friday, January 26   Group Session #1

  • Introduction to course and presentations. Preparation for video-conference session.
  • Video-conference with ENS-Lyon
  • Discussion of video-conference experience and or work moving forward.

Assignment:

    • Set up a virtual meeting with your partner for the week of January 29: log your meeting on Canvas immediately afterward. 
    • Translate the first half of your assigned article from Lectures
    • Set up a meeting with Prof. Postlewate for the week of February 5

 

Friday, February 16   Group Session #2

  • Video-conference with ENS-Lyon
  • Discussion of lexical challenges in translation for social sciences
  • Individual reports on progress, difficulties; questions

Assignment:

    • Set up a virtual meeting with your partner for the week of February 19
    • Complete the translation of your assigned article; final draft due March 23
    • Set up a meeting with Prof. Postlewate for the week of March 5
    • Read Pagels, The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature

 

Friday, March 23   Group Session #3

  • Discussion of Heinz Pagels, The Cosmic Code
  • Video-conference with ENS-Lyon
  • Discussion of lexical challenges in translation for physical science-physics
  • Discussion of video-conference session and work moving forward

 

Assignment:

    • Set up a virtual meeting with your partner for the week of March 26
    • Translate at least half of your assigned chapter of The Cosmic Code
    • Set up a meeting with Prof Postlewate for the week of April 2

 

Friday, April 13   Group Session #4

  • Video-conference with ENS-Lyon
  • Discussion of lexical challenges in translation for social sciences.
  • Discussion of work remaining to complete project; group evaluation of workshop experience

 

Assignment:

  • Set up a virtual meeting with your partner for the week of April 16
  • Set up a meeting with Prof Postlewate for the week of April 23
  • Complete your translation of the assigned chapter of The Cosmic Code; final draft due April 30

 

Accommodation and Special Circumstances:

"If you are a student with a documented disability and require academic accommodations, you must visit the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for assistance. Students requesting eligible accommodations in their courses will need to first meet with an ODS staff member for an intake meeting. Once registered, students are required to visit ODS each semester to set up new accommodations and learn how to notify faculty. Accommodations are not retroactive, so it is best to register with ODS early each semester to access your accommodations. If you are registered with ODS, please see me to schedule a meeting outside of class in which you can bring me your faculty notification letter and we can discuss your accommodations for this course. Students are not eligible to use their accommodations in this course until they have met with me. ODS is located in Milbank Hall, Room 008."

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 All students in the workshop are bound by Banard’s Honor Code, approved by the student body in 1912 and updated in 2016, the Code states:

We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by engaging with integrity in all of our academic pursuits. We affirm that academic integrity is the honorable creation and presentation of our own work. We acknowledge that it is our responsibility to seek clarification of proper forms of collaboration and use of academic resources in all assignments or exams. We consider academic integrity to include the proper use and care for all print, electronic, or other academic resources. We will respect the rights of others to engage in pursuit of learning in order to uphold our commitment to honor. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.