Nominations open for Excellence in Translation

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Nominations for the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2018 Medal for Excellence in Translation are now open.

The Medal for Excellence in Translation is a major national award that recognises outstanding achievement in translation and the vital role of translators and translation in Australian culture and scholarly discourse. The Medal is awarded biennially for a book-length translation into English of a work of any genre (including scholarship) from any language and period.

“Translation is the lifeblood of intercultural communication in Australia and throughout the world” said Emeritus Professor Brian Nelson FAHA, Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Medal for Excellence in Translation. “Uniquely, this award aims to heighten appreciation of the role of Australian translators across a range of texts from creative literature to scientific and scholarly works, all of which are eligible for consideration.”

The inaugural medal was awarded in 2016 to Professor John Minford for his translation of I Ching (Yijing): The Book of Change (Viking Press, 2014) from Chinese to English.  The I Ching – regarded for two millennia as the essential guide to the universe – is a foundational text for Chinese culture and has been consulted throughout the ages, in both China and the West, for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it.

“I have always hoped that my new version of the ancient Chinese classic of divination the I Ching might be a useful book for modern readers wishing to delve into its often startling depths” said Professor Minford “and that it might enable them, in these troubled times, to benefit from the deep wisdom contained in its pages. It is, after all, as generations of Chinese commentators have insisted over the past two thousand years, not just a book, but a spirit.”

Nominations for the 2018 Medal for Excellence in Translation are now open and will close AEST 5:00pm April 4, 2018.

The winner of the Medal for Excellence in Translation receives a medal, certificate and monetary prize of $1000.

All details regarding eligibility, selection criteria and supporting documentation are now posted on our website.

The Academy wishes to acknowledge the generous support for this award  by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, Monash University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.