In 2019, the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association ran its first summer school dedicated to "New Contexts of Translation Pedagogy: Programs, Courses, Activities." The summer school was hosted by the University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, May 19-23, 2019, and brought together participants from across the country to discuss questions related to the teaching and learning of translation and interpreting.

Details about the event are available below, and future summer school information will be provided here as it becomes available.






Over the past ten years, administrators and teachers have been encouraged to integrate translation into the curriculum as a way to promote global awareness, develop language mediation skills, and connect students to career paths. There are, however, very few materials available to guide them. Moreover, interest in translation outside translation training programs has led to the emergence of new pedagogical contexts for translation and interpreting, which challenge traditional models and demand new pedagogical approaches. This year's ATISA Summer School is designed to address those needs.

With generous co-sponsorship from the Edith Losa Fund of the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (a 501(c)(3) foundation affiliated with the American Translators Association), the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, the American Literary Translators Association, and local support from the Center for Interpretation and the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona, this five-day residential summer school offers a combination of lectures, roundtables, discussion sessions and individual tutorials for those interested in designing and implementing translation- and interpreting-related programs, courses and activities. ATISA Summer School faculty members and invited speakers will introduce the theoretical and research foundations for integrating translation-related courses and activities into the curriculum and will share more practical advice derived from their administrative and teaching experience. An action research component will also be included in order to foster a reflective pedagogy and to generate a community of research to support the continued development and assessment of pedagogical approaches for teaching translation and interpreting in traditional and emerging contexts. The Summer School is open to graduate students, faculty at all stages of their career, and administrators.

The faculty of the ATISA summer school consists of leading scholars in the field of Translation and Interpreting Studies whose work focuses on issues of pedagogy:

  • Dr. Claudia Angelelli, Professor of Interpreting, Herriot-Watt University
  • Dr. Aron Aji, Director of the MFA in Literary Translation, University of Iowa
  • Dr. Brian James Baer, Professor of Russian and Translation Studies, Kent State University, Founding Editor, Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Dr. Sonia Colina, Director, National Center for Interpretation, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Arizona
  • Dr. David Gramling, Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona

The guest professor is Dr. Kelly Washbourne, a Professor of Spanish Translation at Kent State University. His work centers on literary translation, and translator training and education. He is concerned with such areas of teaching and learning as humanistic philosophy, ethics, linguistic human rights, and learner autonomy. He recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Literary Translation with Ben Van Wyke (2018). He is co-editor of the journal Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice, and the series editor of the Translation Practices Explained series and the newly launched Routledge Translation Teaching Guides. In Hartville, Ohio he has coordinated the interpreter roster for the migrant medical clinic for ten years.

Program tuition and fees is $500 for non-ATISA members and $400 for ATISA members. The cost covers a single dormitory room, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks, and all instructional costs. Participants are responsible for their travel and dinners. Payment must be made in full by check by May 1, 2019, in order to secure a place. Information about payment and registration will be provided upon acceptance to the program.


ADFL - Association of Departments of Foreign Languages

AFTI - American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation

ATA - American Translators Association

University of Arizona College of Humanities

University of Arizona National Center for Interpretation