Andero Kalju

PhD research seminar ‘Methodologies in city translation research’

30 Sep - 2 Oct 2024

Organized by

Luc van Doorslaer (Translation Studies, UT)
Tiit Remm (Semiotics, UT)
Daniele Monticelli (School of Humanities, TLU)

The PhD research seminar – organised by the Estonian Doctoral School for Humanities and Arts – aims to meet the need of many PhD researchers (in particular, but not only in the humanities) to integrate comparative approaches and historical and digital methods in their research. It will zoom in on city translation, an interdisciplinary field that will be approached from translation studies, semiotics, and historical research perspectives. It will ask to what extent and how diverse transnational and transcultural effects become visible in the contemporary versions and memories of the cities. Its additional aim is that the participants critically reflect on aspects of meaning-making, on historical layers in cities, and how such layers can be applied as methodological reflections in their own research.

Besides the faculty members from UT and TLU, the international guest lecturer is Sherry Simon (Concordia University, Montreal), the main specialist in city translation research over the past two decades.
The program offers several methodological lectures and invites participants to connect similar methods to their own PhDs. On the second day, the participants will also visit the Tartu City Museum as a case study for applying the different methods and approaches. In a group workshop, they will present the results of their discussions and enter into a discussion with the staff in a Q&A session.


Applications are submitted online. Please fill in the application form. Important is the motivation paragraph, in which you explain why you apply and what benefits you expect from participating in this research seminar. The motivation paragraph will be an important selection criterion. The application deadline is 5 July 2024.


Participation, coffee breaks, and lunch and dinner on Tuesday are free. Accepted participants from other universities than UT will be offered two nights’ accommodation.

Monday, 30 September

(in the morning there is time for traveling to Tartu)
14.00    Luc van Doorslaer (UT): City translation as a field exemplifying the methodological and conceptual broadening of translation studies
15.00    Sherry Simon (Concordia University, Montreal): Methods in city translation research
16.30    coffee break
17.00    Daniele Monticelli (TLU): Historical and digital approaches to translation and cities

Tuesday, 1 October

09.00   Tiit Remm (UT): Layers and perspectives of meaning making in the urban space
10.00   Irmak Mertens (KU Leuven and UT): Historical layers in city museums and introduction to the museum visit
10.45   coffee break
11.15   visit of the Tartu City Museum
13.00   lunch
14.30   workshops based on the City Museum case
18.30   PhD seminar dinner

Wednesday, 2 October

10.00   presentations of the workshop results by the different groups + Q&A
12.00   Sherry Simon: concluding reflections related to the seminar and the group works


Project "Cooperation between universities to promote doctoral studies" (2021-2027.4.04.24-0003) is co-funded by the European Union.