ACLS Announces New Prize for Best English Translation of East European–Language Journal Article
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
From the American Council of Learned Societies—The Michael Heim Translation Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2014, and annually thereafter, for the best collegial translation of a journal article from an East European language into English. The prize is sponsored by East European Politics & Societies and Cultures (EEPS), which will publish the winning article.
The article’s translator will receive an award of $500. The criteria of selection are the scholarly significance of the article, the quality of the translation, and the contribution the translation will make to disciplinary dialogue across linguistic communities. The translation cannot have been published previously and must be translated from an East European language as defined by the geographic ambit of EEPS.
In Guidelines for the Translation of Social Science Texts (www.acls.org/programs/sstp), Michael Heim encouraged scholars to translate their colleagues’ work to make it more widely available. Although Heim was a renowned literary translator, he was convinced that the best translator of a scholarly work is a colleague in the relevant discipline who has acquired facility in translation, rather than a professional translator who is linguistically skilled but unfamiliar with the discipline’s concepts, contexts, and controversies.
This prize supports Michael Heim’s vision.
Submissions of translated articles for the 2014 prize will be accepted until September 1, 2014. The winner will be announced at the November 2014 convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Submissions should be sent as Word attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michael Henry Heim Translation Prize is awarded by East European Politics & Societies and Cultures (EEPS). EEPS is an international, interdisciplinary journal for the examination of critical issues related to Eastern Europe. It serves as a forum for current work in East Europe studies, including comparative analyses and theoretical issues with implications for other world areas. Its geographical scope is the area that lies between Germany to the west and Russia to the east, and includes the Baltic region and the Balkans. The editorial board is composed of distinguished historians, cultural historians, literary scholars, political scientists, anthropologists, and social scientists.