Translation Circle

The Translation Circle serves as a space where the JHU community can gather to take and workshop translation. This working group typically meets biweekly, with the meeting focusing on one or two translation projects shared by members. We emphasize the hands-on workshopping of translations, but broader questions frequently come into discussion. Occasionally, Translation Circle members might present completed projects and discuss the process, challenges, and joys of their work. Each semester we invite a guest translator to campus to give a talk and/or workshop.

For more info, contact co-organizers Brad Harmon (bharmon6@jhu.edu) and Eleni Theodoropoulos (ctheodo2@jhu.edu).

Recent Translation Circle Events

  • “The Same River Twice: On the practice of translation”: with Saskia Vogel (Nov. 9, 2022).
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JHU Translation Circle presents
The Same River Twice

On the practice of translation: a reading and conversation with Saskia Vogel moderated by Brad Harmon

Wednesday, November 9, 6:00pm | Gilman 208

Saskia Vogel has translated over 15 books from Swedish into English, which have received global acclaim and been nominated for the most prestigious literary translation awards, including the PEN Translation Award and the Dublin Literary Award. She released her debut novel Permission in 2019 (Coach House) and she is Princeton University’s Fall 2022 Translator in Residence, where is completing her translation of Linnea Axelsson’s 760-page, August Prize-winning novel in verse Ædnan (Knopf, 2024).

Brad Harmon is a PhD student in German at Johns Hopkins and co-organizer of JHU’s Translation Circle. He translates from German and Swedish and is a 2022 ALTA Emerging Translator Fellow. His translations have appeared in many literary journals including Poetry, Astra, Cincinnati Review and Chicago Review. He translated Mans Mosesson’s acclaimed biography Tim: The Official Biography of Avicii (Sphere/Mobius 2022).

Saskia will be leading a workshop on Thursday morning, November 10. Contact bharmon6@jhu.edu if interested.