European Society for Translation Studies

Call for participants: International Doctorate in Translation Studies Meeting (and workshop on doctoral supervision)

The international community of translation scholars recognizes doctoral programs to be one of the most important means by which it reproduces itself, affirming and developing its academic identity.

Since its foundation, EST has been involved in supporting doctoral programs in TS.

In view of this interest and these precedents, it is proposed that an International Doctorate in Translation Studies be established, initially as a network of stakeholders, based on the principles set out in the draft document:

August 2014: Interested representatives of doctoral programs are invited to participate in an initial meeting to be held on August 27-29, 2014, in Leuven, Belgium.


August 27, from 10 am onward:

– agree on a founding document
– determine the founding members of the network

August 28-29: 2-day workshop in doctoral supervision techniques
August 28
• 10 am – 12 am: Christina Schaeffner (Aston University): Workshop on principles of effective interpersonal relations and monitoring
• 4 – 6 pm: : Round table on best practices in supervision (moderator: Christina Schaeffner)
August 29
• 10 am – 12 am: Brian Baer (Kent State): Workshop on disseminating research and setting professional goals
• 4 – 6 pm: Round table on job market, job placement (moderator: Brian Baer)


The application fee must be paid in full at the same time as you send your application (deadline: 1 July).

  • 250 euros: meeting, 2-day workshop, material, lunches and coffee
  • 200 euros: 2-day workshop, material, lunches and coffee
  • 50 euros: meeting only

Further information on the two-day workshop for doctoral supervisors (August 28-29, 2014)

As a result of the Bologna process, documents have been produced which specify the research competences and skills doctoral students are expected to acquire during the course of their study. These competences vary and include not only research skills and techniques but also skills in research management, personal effectiveness, networking, and career management. Such an extensive list poses challenges to supervisors of doctoral students too.

This workshop will provide a forum for sharing experiences and best practices in supervision and will also provide training in supervision techniques. This specific training element (2 sessions of 2 hours each) will address the following topics:

(1) Principles of effective interpersonal relations and monitoring. Trainer: Christina Schaeffner
This session will address the interpersonal dimension of the supervisor-supervisee relationship and interaction. We will discuss questions such as: how can a supervisor encourage and guide the supervisee to become an independent researcher? How can the supervisor identify training needs of the supervisee and guide them to relevant courses? What are the most efficient methods of conducting a supervisory meeting?

(2) Disseminating research and setting professional goals. Trainer: Brian Baer
This session will offer an introduction to academic publishing for supervisors of doctoral students, which will address various forms of academic writing, such as articles, abstracts, conference proposals, and grant applications. The session will also address how to advise students in choosing an appropriate venue for the dissemination of their research.

These two sessions will be complemented by two round table discussions (with input from doctoral students who attend the CETRA summer school):
(1) on best practices in doctoral supervision
(2) on international job market

Participants in this training workshop will receive a certificate of attendance endorsed by the EST.

Interested? Please enroll here: