The State of Play of Translation Across the Mediterranean – debate and launch

Tuesday June 26th, 2012

26th June, 2012

BOZAR, Brussels

Literature Across Frontiers Director Alexandra Büchler is attending a meeting hosted by the Anna Lindh Foundation in co-operation with BOZAR in Brussels and Transeuropéennes to discuss the findings of the Euro-Mediterranean Translation Programme in a meeting ‘Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices of Translation in the Euro-Mediterranean Region’.

The event celebrates the official launch of a mapping study of translation flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation. Literature Across Frontiers contributed to this study with three separate papers on the translation of literature from Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish. These are available to download at

The study and its conclusions and recommendations will provide key elements in defining a long-term Euro-Med Translation Strategy, related actions and a fruitful debate around its findings and outcomes.

Alongside the mapping, LAF has also been working to bring together organisations and individuals working in literature and translation from both sides of the Mediterranean. Our conference in Istanbul last year looked to the challenges of the next decade and we will be following up the ideas and recommendations made there in a meeting of literature organizers in Beirut in July.

In addition we have also been developing our pilot translation course in co-operation with Al-Alsun Faculty of languages at Ain Shams University in Cairo, which we held for a second time earlier this year.