Department of Translation Studies

Summer School DOTTSS

PhD Summer School Dottss Stridon

Doctoral and Teacher-Training Translation Studies Summer School (DOTTSS) is a joint initiative of 5 different universities: University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Turku (Finland), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Granada (Spain) and Boğaziçi University (Turkey). Since 2012 the summer school has hosted doctoral students of TS and teachers of translators and interpreters from all around the world. The first two schools were held in Piran, Slovenia (Emuni 2012, Stridon 2013), the third was in Granada, Spain (Ibn Tibbon 2014), the fourth in Turku, Finland (Agricola 2015), the fifth in Piran, Slovenia (Stridon 2016), the sixth in Granada, Spain (Ibn Tibbon 2017), the seventh in Tampere, Finland (DOTTSS 2018) and the eighth in Ljubljana (Stridon 2019). The local organizers add to DOTTSS a name that connects the summer school to a particular translational tradition in the region: the name of the schools in Slovenia pays homage to one of the greatest translators of the Western world, St. Jerome, who was born in Stridon, a lost town on the confines of Dalmatia and Pannonia, which lay most probably in today’s southern Slovenia.

Lawrence Venuti is Professor of English at Temple University and one of the most influential contemporary translation theorists. Besides translation theory and history, adaptation studies, and literary translation, he also works in early modern literature, anglophone and foreign-language poetic traditions. Venuti is also a prolific and award-winning translator from Italian, French, and Catalan. He is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several journals, including Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, The Translator: Studies in Intercultural Communication, and Translation Studies. In 1999 he held a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in translation studies at the Universitat de Vic (Spain). He has also been a visiting professor at Barnard College, Johannes Guttenberg Universität-Mainz, Princeton University, Queen’s University (Belfast), and Università degli Studi di Trento.

The main focus and the aim of the proposed doctoral and teacher training school in Translation Studies shall:

a) address the need to promote high-level research in translation and interpreting and offer intensive research training in translation and interpreting studies for current and prospective Translation Studies researchers. By joining forces of various Translation Studies research institutions from 4 different cultures with a tradition of training doctoral students in Translation and Interpreting Studies, the Summer School shall provide stimuli and help for the prospective researchers in their independent research projects.

b) address the need to provide continuous teacher training for the teachers of translation at different Higher Education institutions offering MA courses in translation

The language of instruction is English.

The Syllabus of the Translation Studies Doctoral and Teacher Training Summer School consists of six basic modules:

a) Re-thinking Translation Theory

Through presentations by the different members of the teaching staff, the most current approaches to translation theory will be re-read, and critically discussed, paying particular attention to the contemporary research of literary and non-literary works in a historical perspective. Issues such as ideology and censorship shall be focused on, and special attention shall be paid to the ethical motivation in TS research and active translatological engagement in society.

b) Methodological Approaches in Translation Studies

A plethora of different methodological approaches in TS will be presented, focusing in particular on researching translation of literary and non-literary texts from the perspective of historical and sociological studies or through the use of ethnographical and corpus studies approaches. Social research methods and the research of spoken discourse shall also be discussed.

c) Thematic Sessions by the Guest Professor

d) Teacher-Training Seminars

A selection of topics, relevant for teachers of translation, shall be discussed, for example:

  • Curriculum and syllabus design: the process and factors involved
  • The definition of objectives and learning outcomes; translator competence
  • Participants: trainee and trainer profiles (prior knowledge, personal characteristics, learning and teaching styles, expectations and motivations...)
  • Resources such as ICT, classroom layout and organization, bringing professionals into the classroom, taking students out of the classroom: work experience, professional simulation, mobility programmes...
  • Classroom dynamics: large and small group activities
  • Assessment: design and implementation

e) Individualized Tutorials

In tutorials the doctoral students have the opportunity to discuss their own individual projects with all the teachers of the school, including with the guest professor.

f) Graduate Conference

Each student is expected to present her/his research project, and will have the opportunity to debate issues, particularly relating to methodology, with their peers and the teaching staff of the summer school.

Dates: 17 June 2019 to 28 June 2019

10 working days, about 63 contact hours (1 CH = 45 min)

Venue: Department of Translation Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija).

  • to participate in discussion and debate
  • to prepare a presentation
  • to submit an article based on their presentation within two months after the end of the Summer School. The article will be refereed and published in print and on the website.


Assessment is based on an oral presentation in the second week of the course and the submission of a paper of some 5000 words within two months after the end of the Summer School.


Certificates of attendance are issued at the end of the course.

Formal "Pass" certificates with the indication of ECTS points confirming successful completion are issued when all assessed work has been delivered and approved.

Members of the Steering Committee:

Dr Dorothy Kelly, University of Granada, Spain
Dr Kaisa Koskinen, University of Tampere, Finland
Dr Outi Paloposki, Turku University, Finland
Dr Nike K. Pokorn, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr Sehnaz Tahir-Gürçağlar, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
The director of the school is the member of the steering committee who is currently organising the summer event.

Members of the Local Organising Committee

Dr Nike K. Pokorn (director of 2019 Summer School)
Dr Tamara Mikolič Južnič 

Teaching Staff

Guest professor: Professor Lawrence Venuti, Temple University, US
Dr Dorothy Kelly, University of Granada, Spain
Dr Anne Ketola, University of Tampere, Finland
Dr Kaisa Koskinen, University of Tampere, Finland
Dr Tamara Mikolič Južnič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr Outi Paloposki, Turku University, Finland
Dr Nike K. Pokorn, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr Agnes Pisanski Peterlin, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr Sehnaz Tahir-Gürçağlar, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

The reading list and course material will be available to accepted students on the learning platform before the Summer School starts.

Application deadline: 1 March 2019
Decisions notified by 1 April 2019

Students applying for the seminar are required:
a) to send a tentative research proposal (or statement of purpose) (max. two pages),
b) to send a recent curriculum vitae indicating experience and/or training in Translation Studies (max. two pages),
c) to fill in the application form (available here) and send everything to 

Fees and Payment

The whole fee for the Summer School is 750€. It covers:
a) registration fee (200€),
b) tuition fee (550€),
c) course materials,
e) access to University of Ljubljana facilities.

The fee does not cover travel expenses, accommodation or meals. The School will recommend accommodation for students selected at a reasonable price.

In case of cancellation or non-attendance, the registration fee (200€) is non-refundable.

A limited number of partial bursaries will be available for applicants who demonstrate need and merit. Any applicant wishing to be considered for a bursary must ensure that a bursary request accompanies their application to the school. In addition, interested students are advised to apply for the EST summer school scholarship.

Once students have been accepted for the course, they are responsible for paying the fee. Only those who have been accepted by the board of the school and have paid the fee will receive an admission letter, which can be used for visa application.
An e-mail will be sent to the accepted candidates regarding payment procedure.

This Year’s Sponsors:

  • Gold:

  • Silver:




  • Claudia Tuncel, Boğaziçi University
  • Fazilet Akdoğan Özdemir, Boğaziçi University
  • María Porciel Crosa, University Jaume I
  • Melita Koletnik Korošec, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Minna Kumpulainen, University of Eastern Finland 
  • Tamara Mikolič Južnič, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Saara Leppännen, University of Eastern Finland 
  • Tanja Žigon, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Tatiana Bogrdanova, Kalmyk State University
  • Urban Šrimpf, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Vinko Zgaga, Univerza v Zagrebu
  • Nataša Hirci, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Nina Grahek Križnar, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Urša Vogrinc, Univerza v Ljubljani


  • Sevda Ayuçtarhan, Boğaziçi University
  • Muazzez Uslu, Boğaziçi University
  • Elena Alcalde Peñalver (SPA)
  • Luzia Gansinger, Karl Franzens Universität Graz
  • Hayley Kate King (AUS)
  • Minna Mikaela Hjort (FIN)
  • Niina Syrjänen (FIN)
  • Aleksandra Milčić Radovanović, Filozofski fakultet u Novom Sadu
  • Ligita Judickaite Pasvenskiene, Vytautas Magnus University 
  • Borislava Eraković, Filozofski fakultet u Novom Sadu
  • Mirna Radin Sabadoš, Filozofski fakultet u Novom Sadu
  • Tamara Valčić Bulić, Filozofski fakultet u Novom Sadu 
  • Sandra Josipović (SRB)
  • Robert Grošelj, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Martin Grad, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Damjan Popič, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Dubravka Celinšek, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Tamara Mikolič Južnič, Univerza v Ljubljani


  • Alaz Pesen, Boğaziçi University
  • Ceyda Elgul, Boğaziçi University
  • Chirine Chamsine, University of Quebec At Montréal
  • Igor Tyss, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
  • Jose Antonio Amigo Extremera, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Katja Dobrić, University of Rijeka
  • Katja Vuokko, University of Turku
  • Kristina Solum, University of Oslo
  • Laura Nurimen, University of Turku
  • MArcella Oyenc, University of Turku Boğaziçi University
  • Maria Del MAr HAro Soler, University of Granada
  • Maria Isabel Bolivar Perez, University of Granada
  • MArta Crickmar, University of Gdansk
  • Martin Grad, University of Ljubljana
  • Peter Karavlah, University of Zadar
  • Rikka Iso-Ahola, University of Eastern Finland
  • Sakolkarn Insai, Dhurakij Pundit University
  • Silvia KAdiu, University College London
  • Telma Franco, University of São Paulo
  • Sara Horcas Rufian, University of Granada


  • Elin Svahn, Stockholm University
  • Ida Hove Solberg, University of Oslo
  • Iris Fernández Muñiz, University of Oslo
  • Juho Suokas, University of Eastern Finland
  • Kerem Demirtaş, Lecturer, Ege University
  • Laura Ivaska, University of Turku
  • Malin Podlevskikh Carlström, Gothenburg University
  • Mariana Cristine Hilgert, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Mary Nurminen, University of Tampere
  • Mehrnoosh Fakharzadeh, Sheikhbahaee University, Iran
  • Meinianneli Demasi, University of Leicester
  • Sari Hokkanen, University of Tampere
  • Urban Šrimpf, University of Ljubljana


  • Olga Arsić, University of Belgrade
  • Charlotte Bollaert, Ghent University
  • Deniz Ipek Cekderi, Boğaziçi University
  • Jaka Čibej, University of Ljubljana
  • Deborah Dawkin, UCL & British Library
  • Sonia González Cruz, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Sonja Kitanovska-Kimovska, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje
  • Urša Klinc, University of Ljubljana
  • Safiye Merve Akbaş Korkmaz, Boğaziçi University
  • Karen Meyers, University of Swaziland and University of Johannesburg
  • Aleksander Rath, University of Ljubljana
  • Brett Rosenberg, Wake Forest University, USA
  • Delfina Sessa, University of Turku
  • Josefína Zubáková, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic


  • Marijana Aleksić, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Ehsan Alipour, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran
  • Olivia Ávila Ruiz, University of Granada, Spain
  • Seyhan Bozkurt, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
  • Bojana Budimir, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Buket Dabancali Fakioğlu, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
  • Rajkumar Eligedi, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Maheshwar Ghankot, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • Marta Filipa, Gomes Marques Fidalgo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Sara Horcas, University of Granada, Spain
  • Corinna, Jerkin, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Euna Kim, Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Mohammed Lafi, University of Mainz, Germany
  • Andrej Pleterski, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Priyanka Rachabattuni, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Elena Ruiz Cortés, University of Granada, Spain
  • Naan Shin, Pusan National University, South Korea
  • Ze Zawng, Handong Global University, Pohang – South Korea


  • Aicha Anne, University of Granada
  • Alejandro Bolaños García-Escribano, University College London
  • Alev Tison, Dokuz Eylul University
  • Andrei Nosov, University of Tampere
  • Annamari Korhonen, University of Tampere
  • Antarleena Basu, University of Hyderabad, India
  • Anu Heino, University of Tampere
  • Cemre Çelik, Turkey
  • Erja Vottonen, University of Eastern Finland
  • Isis Herrero López, Independent scholar
  • Maheshwar Ghankot, ISRO
  • Miia Santalahti, University of Tampere
  • Tania Hernandez-Hernandez, El Colegio de México

Previous Schools

  • Emuni 2012

Gostujoča profesorica:
dr. Michaela Wolf

  • Stridon 2013

Gostujoči profesor:

 dr. Douglas Robinson

  • Ibn Tibbon 2014 

Gostujoči profesor: 

 dr. Anthony Pym

  • EMUNI Agricola 2015

Gostujoča profesorja:

dr. Andrew Chesterman
dr. Yves Gambier

  • Stridon 2016

Gostujoči profesor:
dr. Brian James Baer

  • Ibn Tibbon 2017

Gostujoča profesorica:
dr. Mona Baker

  • Tampere 2018

Gostujoči profesor:
dr. Roberto A. Valdeón

  • Stridon 2019

Gostujoči profesor:
dr. Lawrence Venuti

Pictures 2012

Pictures 2013

Pictures 2016