Seminarium - Hybridevenemang: Litterär översättning bakom lås och bom i samband med 1970-80-talets politiska förtryck i det sovjetiska Ukraina

  • Datum: –16.00
  • Plats: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Valentyna Savchyn, Fellow, SCAS Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
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  • Arrangör: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Kontaktperson: Klas Holm
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Valentyna Savchyn, SCAS och Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, talar på temat "Literary Translation behind Bars in the Context of 1970s–80s Political Repressions in Soviet Ukraine". Seminariet hålls på engelska och följs av en frågestund.


Translation in incarceration is nothing new, nor is it restricted to a particular place or historical period. However, this social and cultural phenomenon is marked by a far more frequent occurrence in totalitarian societies. This seminar examines the practice of literary translation in Soviet labour camps, where, as a result of political repressions, Ukrainian scholars, writers, translators, and lexicographers (aka prisoners of conscience) constituted a large part of the incarcerated population. The fact that translation activity thrived behind bars despite brutal and dehumanizing conditions testifies to the phenomenon of cultural resistance and translators’ activism, both of which deserve close scholarly attention. I will provide insights into practical, historical, psychological, and philosophical aspects of translation in extreme conditions. My talk seeks answers to the questions of why prisoners of conscience felt moved to translate, and how they pursued their work in situations of extreme pressure. Through the lens of translation in prison, I will offer a wider perspective on the issues of retranslation, pseudotranslation, translation editing, text selection, and the functions of literary translation. The focus of my talk is on Soviet Ukraine in the 1970s-80s, when a wave of political repressions led to the appearance of a new generation of prisoners of conscience. Case studies of Vasyl' Stus and Ivan Svitlychnyi will be discussed, drawing on their letters during the incarceration period and the memoirs of their inmates.

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