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Lotsawa Translation Workshop

Are you a graduate student or early career scholar/translator of Tibetan with an interest in women and gender? There are still a few slots open to join us for a weekend of lively discussions about topics related to translating Tibetan texts by/for/about women, plus an opportunity to workshop your own translation in progress. We welcome participants working on a broad array of text genres from classical to modern compositions and poetry.

When:      October 13-16, 2022

Where:     Northwestern University

The Lotsawa Translation Workshop: Celebrating Buddhist Women’s Voices in the Tibetan Tradition

Hosted by Northwestern University

with support from the Tsadra Foundation and the Luce Foundation/ACLS

Save the date! The Lotsawa Translation Workshop is an opportunity to create a community of practice around the translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts, scheduled for October 13-16, 2022 at Northwestern University. 

The thematic focus of the workshop is celebrating writings written by and about Buddhist women in the Tibetan tradition. This theme was inspired by the publication of the largest-ever anthology (53 vols.) of writings by, about, and for Buddhist women compiled and edited by a group of Tibetan nuns at Larung Gar in Eastern Tibet in 2017. The three-day workshop will combine lectures, panels, and break-out sessions in the morning with each entire afternoon dedicated to working on translations-in-progress by participants who apply to attend. We encourage junior translators, graduate students with advanced Tibetan literary skills, post-docs, and early-career faculty to apply.

We are pleased to announce that workshop presenters include: Tenzin Dickie, Sarah Harding, Louise von Flotow, Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ven. Sonam Wangmo, Elizabeth Callaghan, Janet Gyatso, Kunzang Choden, Dechen Pemba, Anne Klein, John Canti, Tsering Yangzom Lama, Holly Gayley, Nyima Tso, Kurtis Schaeffer, Kelsang Lhamo, Charlene Makley, Padma ’tsho, Dominique Townsend, Jue Liang, Willa Baker, Julie Regan, Nancy Lin, Amy Langenberg, Francoise Robin, and more! 

Bring your translation-in-progress and get feedback from scholars and master translators. Each participant will have a dedicated 1.5 hour session to review their work within a small group of 6-8 including presenters and workshop hosts. Accepted participants should be prepared to submit draft translations in advance, and revisions will be selected for compilation into an edited volume, to which presenters may also contribute. 

This workshop, organized by Sarah Jacoby (Northwestern), Padma ’tsho (Southwest Minzu University), Holly Gayley (CU Boulder), and Dominique Townsend (Bard), is unique in the field of Tibetan translation—don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other translators and be mentored by scholars and master translators from the Tsadra Foundation. 

Attendance is limited to 24 participants, and applications will be accepted until July 15, 2022.

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Cost: Free of Charge. 

Limited scholarships are available to assist with travel.