Contact Information

Translation of German belongs to the Department of Modern Languages.

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Research and postgraduate studies

The discipline of German translation conducts research related to the German-Finnish language pair and examines questions related to translation and interpreting at a more general level. Key topics include the study and translation of specialist language, terminology work within specialities, audiovisual translation as well as the translation and retranslation of fiction. The research focuses not only on translations and interpreting but also on the activities of translators and interpreters as well as the environments in which they work.

Research is conducted in many areas of translation studies. At the moment, research topics include multimodality, spoken language in Finnish and German fiction, the study of the translation of musicals, the translation of legal texts, court interpreting as well as subtitling and audio description.

The research is socially oriented and seeks to actively produce knowledge that can be used in different kinds of practical situations in the fields of translation and interpreting.

The discipline’s researchers and postgraduate students belong to the University of Helsinki’s TraST (Translation Studies and Terminology) research community.

Postgraduate studies

All postgraduate students belong to a doctoral programme – the students of German translation and translation studies primarily belong to the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies, one of whose focus areas of research is the study of translation and interpreting. The doctoral programmes organise supervision and teaching for all doctoral students. The Doctoral Programme in Language Studies belongs to the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences, which is one of the four doctoral schools at the University of Helsinki.

See also information on postgraduate studies on the website of the Faculty of Arts.

Postgraduate students of German translation participate in the research seminar in translation studies, which is open to all those writing their doctoral dissertation on translation or interpreting, or conducting other research related to the field. The seminar convenes every other week. The TraST research community also organises different kinds of seminars and research education for researchers in the field.

Each year, the division for teachers and researchers of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters (SKTL) (in Finnish only) organises a symposium on translation and interpreting in cooperation with different universities. This offers postgraduate students and other researchers the opportunity to present their research and network with other researchers, teachers, translators and interpreters. The next symposium will be organised in April 2015 at the University of Helsinki.

Ongoing doctoral dissertation projects:

  • The translation and the translator of a musical as part of the artistic production process of the performance
  • Implementing interpretability at court