“Fair-Play and Collaboration” took place in Yerevan

The concept of "fair-play" and the possibilities for increased collaboration along the book chain in Armenia were the two central topics of the workshop that took place on 14-15 Jan 2013 in Yerevan. The workshop was kindly hosted by the American University of Armenia and its Translation Certificate Program. 

The workshop was opened by Dr. Dennis Leavens, the Provost of the American Univ. of Armenia and Melissa Brown, Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, AUA, and went on for two intensive days with a series of presentations, panel debates, discussions and group work. Participants included contemporary Armenian writers, poets, translators and literary critics as well as enthusiastic graduate students in literature and translation. Day 1 was mostly focused on on the various aspects of the rights of writers and translators: in international perspective (Daniel Hahn, Viken Berberian), the current situation in Armenia (Armine Abrahamyan, Samvel Mkrtchyan) and on theoretical and practical aspects of copyrights and remuneration (Sonya Vardanyan, Shushan Mkhitaryan). The presentations and discussions on Day 2 were centered on the value and the role of associations of creators and translators as well as on several inspiring current initiatives. The idea of creating a literary translators' association or a kind of collective, launched by the Ulysses translator into Armenian Samvel Mkrtchyan, will hopefully be getting a momentum and supporters over the next months. Later on the same day, the issue of promoting Armenian literature abroad raised heated discussions that showed that there is a need for a broader and longer debate both within the literary community and with the policy-makers.

The Book Platform is thankful to our new partners of AUA and to Shushan Avagyan of the Translation Certificate Program for the excellent conditions of the workshop. And the quality of the interpreting during the workshop was exceptional.

For full coverage of the workshop, presentation materials, pictures and more, follow this link.


Photos Credit: Liliya Zaydulina/ American University of Armenia


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