2019 CETRA Summer School: Call for Participants



19-30 AUGUST 2019

Jemina-NapierThe CETRA Board has appointed JEMINA NAPIER (HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY, EDINBURGH, UK) as CETRA Chair Professor 2019.

Prof. Napier’s bio note and publication list can be found here.

More information about the application procedure and the scholarships can be found below.

In 1989 José Lambert created a special research program in Translation Studies at the University of Leuven in order to promote research training in the study of translational phenomena and to stimulate high-level research into the cultural functions of translation. Since then, this unique program has attracted talented PhD students, postdocs and young scholars who spend two weeks of research under the supervision of a team of prominent scholars as well as of the supervision of the Chair Professor, an annually appointed expert in the field of Translation Studies. From 1989 on, the program has hosted participants from Austria to Australia, from Brazil to Burundi, and from China to the Czech Republic. As an illustration of the multi-campus model of CETRA, the 2019 edition of the Summer School will be organized at the Antwerp campus of the KU Leuven, in the city center of Antwerp.

The list of CETRA professors may serve as an illustration of the program’s openness to the different currents in the international world of Translation Studies. Testimonials of our Summer School participants can be found on this blog page.

Basic activities and components of the Research Summer School:

  • Public Lectures by the CETRA Professor on key topics. A preliminary reading list will be provided and all topics are to be further developed in discussions
  • Theoretical-methodological seminars given by the CETRA staff. Basic reading materials will be made available in advance
  • Tutorials: individual discussions on participants’ research with the CETRA Professor and the CETRA staff
  • Workshops in small groups according to topic or methodology
  • Students’ papers: presentation of participants’ individual research projects followed by open discussion
  • Publication: each participant is invited to submit an article based on the presentation, to be refereed and published in an edited volume

Here you can find our Translation Studies basic bibliography.

The provisional programme has been made available on this blog page.

Summer School staff

Pieter Boulogne, Elke Brems, Dirk Delabastita, Isabelle Delaere, Lieven D’hulst, Dilek Dizdar, Daniel Gile, Demi Krystallidou, Haidee Kruger, Reine Meylaerts, Franz Pöchhacker, Sara Ramos Pinto, Aline Remael, Heidi Salaets, Christina Schäffner, Leo Tak-hung Chan and Luc van Doorslaer

We sincerely thank our partners for their contributions to the 2019 Summer School.


Application in two rounds

Participation in the CETRA Research Summer School is limited to a maximum of 25 students (KU Leuven PhD students not included). The Board welcomes PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, but also scholars and professionals who are actively interested or involved in research in Translation and Interpreting Studies are invited to apply.

Since in some cases participants may need extra time for visa application and application for funding, the application procedure consists of two different rounds with separate deadlines.

First Round (for early birds)
Application deadline: 4 March 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2019

Second Round
Application deadline: 2 May 2019
Notification of acceptance: 10 May 2019

Students applying for the Summer School are required to send a motivation letter and a recent curriculum vitae to Steven Dewallens. In addition, they have to fill in the relevant online application form:

Based on this information, the CETRA Board will evaluate all applications, both for the first and the second round.

Accepted students will be required to send a copy of their ID/Visa, a photograph and a short bio note (200-300 words) to Steven Dewallens.


The total enrolment fee is € 1250. This sum includes the following: participation in the workshops, seminars and lectures; individual tutorials with the staff members whose expertise is relevant to your topic; warm lunches offered on campus during week days; two shared dinners in a restaurant; registration as KU Leuven visiting scholar, with access to library and computer facilities and insurance. The fee does not cover travel expenses and housing.

CETRA has applied for funding from the Flemish government’s YouReCa scheme (Young Researchers’ Careers). Thanks to this subsidy, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers affiliated with Flemish universities are be able to participate at the reduced rate of € 600.

The payment of the fee is due upon written notification that the application has been accepted.


CETRA is sponsoring 4 scholarships of € 400 to registered participants of the CETRA 2019 Research Summer School. Applicants must fulfil the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • having specific financial needs;
  • having been accepted by the CETRA Board (see above);
  • having paid the advance of € 400;
  • submitting a motivation letter to the administrative coordinator of CETRA, Steven Dewallens (deadline: 17 May 2019). When writing this letter, applicants should keep in mind that the CETRA board will base its decision not only on their personal circumstances but also on the overall merit and potential impact of their research project. Please note that participants affiliated with Flemish universities cannot apply for these scholarships.

Payment policy

An advance of € 400 has to be paid by 17 May 2019. No exceptions are allowed. If the advance is not paid by 17 May, your place will be offered to candidates on the standby list. The remaining € 850 has to be paid before 20 June 2019.

Payment can be made:

1. by bank transfer to

KBC Bank
Brusselsesteenweg 100
3000 Leuven

For international payments please make use of the international IBAN code for fast payment: BE09 4320 0000 1157


KU Leuven
Krakenstraat 3
3000 Leuven

Please mention the following structured communication 400/0017/33309 first name + last name

Note: Please send a copy of the bank transfer to Steven Dewallens.

2. by credit card

Please follow this link (click in the right corner for the English version; please fill in your name below ‘optional information’).

Cancellation of participation

Cancellations must be sent via e-mail to Steven Dewallens.

  • For cancellations made before 5 July, an administrative cost of € 200 will be withheld from the refund.
  • 75% cancellation fee charged for cancellations made between 5 July and 12 August.
  • All refunds will be made after the Summer School.
  • For cancellations after 12 August no refunds can be made.

Accommodation and travel info

Venue of the Summer School: KU Leuven campus Antwerp, Sint-Andriesstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp. For travel info please click here.

The Antwerp campus of KU Leuven is located in the old town centre of Antwerp, near the “Nationalestraat” and the “Groenplaats” and close to the “Grote Markt”. The main railway station “Antwerpen Centraal” is just a 20 to 25 minutes’ walk away.

For more information about the city of Antwerp, please visit the following website: www.visitantwerpen.be.

For student accommodation, we collaborate with the Institute for Tropical Medicine, which has ten single rooms available for us in the Karibu building (less than half a mile from the campus): see the  brochure. The prices are listed under ‘others’ (week: € 195 to € 205; plus € 150  administration cost). For information and booking: see contact details of Patricia Braat in the brochure. Please mention ‘CETRA Summer School KU Leuven’.

There are two nice studios available at the Thomas More campus, both with two single beds and a kitchen. They can be booked for single or for double use. Price per day: 30 € per night. Booked on first-come first-served basis. For information and booking: contact Steven Dewallens.

Besides student accommodation, there are several hotels and B&B’s available in the centre of Anwerp, including:
Hilton (http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/belgium/hilton-antwerp-old-town-ANRHITW/about/index.html)
Elzenveld (http://www.elzenveld.be/en/hotel)
Theater Hotel (https://www.theater-hotel.be/).
Most hotels and B&B’s can be booked online on websites such as Booking.com or the website of the Antwerp Hotel Association: www.antwerphotelassociation.be.

For those who prefer budget accommodation, there is also a youth hostel very close to the campus (less than 5 minutes’ walk): Pulcinella, Bogaardeplein 1:

Accommodation is not organized through CETRA, but by the participants themselves.


Feel free to address any questions about the programme to Pieter Boulogne, the director of CETRA. For administrative questions please contact Steven Dewallens, the administrative coordinator of CETRA.



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