Become a PhD Affiliate of the British Centre for Literary Translation

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BCLT logoDoctoral researchers at the University of Sussex whose research involves translation, broadly understood, are invited to become affiliates of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

The British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) is housed at the University of East Anglia (UEA), within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Founded in 1989 by the late author W. G. Sebald, long a Professor of European Literature at this university, BCLT is Britain’s leading centre for the development, promotion and support of literary translation and contemporary writing from around the world. It offers support and continuing professional development to literary translators at all stages of their career; develops new audiences through events and publications; provides information and advice; stimulates public awareness of and interest in literary translation; and generates and encourages academic debate.

We anticipate this new category of affiliation will accomplish several goals. First, BCLT is keen to offer support to all PhD researchers interested in translation and world literature. This support could take the form of offering advice on your research and/or practice; introducing you to other researchers at UEA and the consortium partners, whether through our list of Affiliated Faculty or otherwise; promoting your activities and publications; and celebrating your successes. Second, BCLT is also keen to serve as a resource to ensure you are aware of and gain access to various translation-related opportunities, both academic and professional. And third, BCLT wants to keep interested doctoral researchers informed about our events and activities, many of which will have relevance to a broad range of research topics and areas of interest.

BCLT already has a history of helping sponsor the biennial postgraduate translation conference, supporting the postgraduate journal Norwich Papers, offering internships, and supervising postgraduate theses, and we see this new initiative as a means to expand and complement such involvement.

It is not necessary for your thesis to deal specifically with literary translation; however, you should have a demonstrable interest and/or experience in translation in order to benefit fully from what BCLT has to offer. By becoming a PhD Affiliate, you will receive the following benefits:

  • our monthly e-newsletter, detailing BCLT events
  • a subscription to our biannual journal, In Other Words: the journal for literary translators
  • a bio-note on our website, describing your research or other translation activity
  • access to the BCLT library
  • invitations to events and receptions
  • free pass to the London Book Fair (where BCLT helps curate the Literary Translation Centre)
  • opportunities to meet with guest speakers and visiting scholars
  • opportunities to network with students, staff and external contacts
  • opportunities to announce your relevant publications/achievements on our website
  • an affiliation to note on your c.v. and funding applications

Further information about BCLT is available on our website:

How to apply for BCLT affiliate status:

All doctoral researchers enrolled at Sussex are welcome to apply by sending a brief email of introduction to Valerie Henitiuk (Dr.), BCLT Director, at Please include in your email a bio-note of no more than 150 words, stating your research topic and/or the reason for your interest in BCLT, suitable for posting to our website.


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