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The AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

AAS SEAC Southeast Asia
Translation Subventions

The Translation Project Group of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies intends to award subventions to support the translation of key texts not yet published in the social sciences and humanities from a Southeast Asian language into English. Texts, which may be of any length, will be evaluated according to their importance within a disciplinary study of Southeast Asia, or for their decisive impact on the region.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Importance of the text to scholarship and teaching about the region;
2. Significance of the genre and how well it is represented in existing translations;
3. Qualifications of the translator;
4. Probability of successful completion;
5. Likelihood of publication;
6. Probability of classroom use.

Awards will vary from $750 to $2,000, depending on length of proposed text, and will be made annually.

Application Process

Letters of application should be accompanied by:

  • A two page prospectus describing the text to be translated. This description should outline the importance of the original text as a literary or social artifact within the context of its production, and its value in translation to the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Applications should specifically address ways in which the proposed translation meets the criteria 1 to 6 noted above, including publication plans and projected probable classroom use.
  • Curriculum vitae of the proposed translator/s.
  • A sample translation of approximately 1,000 words, either from the proposed text, or from the translator's previous work from the same source language. Please also supply a copy of the original text from which the sample translation is derived.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.

Please submit inquiries to:

Judith Henchy
Chair, Translation Project Group
Southeast Asia Section
Box 352900
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle WA 98195-2900

judithh@uw.edu

This funding opportunity is being made available by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.