XXth FIT World Congress in Berlin
4–6 August 2014
News from the Open Congress
Almost 1,600 delegates attended an extremely well-organised and enjoyable Open Congress, which included the celebration of FIT’s 60th anniversary with a birthday party one evening. There was a huge range of presentations on a wide variety of topics and an interesting set of exhibitors and a job exchange. All in all, delegates had only complimentary things to say about the event!
Please see the congress website for information and photos: www.fit2014.org.
Pictures from the Open Congress by Jørgen Christian Wind Nielsen.
News from the Statutory Congress
FIT Flash has been published with news of the Statutory Congress.
Pictures from the Statutory Congress by Jørgen Christian Wind Nielsen.
A new Resolution was approved and published at the Congress.
New FIT Council
A new FIT Council was elected for 2014–2017 at the Statutory Congress. The new Council members can be found here.
© Jørgen Christian Wind Nielsen
Pictured (left to right): Kevin Quirk, Terence Oliver, Sandra Bertolini, Olga Egorova, Maria Mousafiri, Robert Ensor, Eva Malkki, Silvana Marchetti, Reiner Heard, Eleanor Cornelius, Sabine Colombe, Henry Liu, Alison Rodriguez, Alan Melby, Reina de Bettendorf, Jeannette Ørsted, Ismayil Jabrayilov. (Not pictured: Gangyi Wang.)
The presentation of prizes and awards at FIT World Congresses is one of the most important and widely recognized functions FIT fulfils for its member associations. Being selected by an international jury to receive a FIT prize or award signifies recognition of the 'best of the best' by one's peers around the globe.
The 2014 winners are as follows:
- Astrid Lindgren Prize for the Translation of Children's Literature: Ms Julia Lydia Calzadilla Núñez, nominated by the Cuban Association of Translators and Interpreters (ACTI)
- "Aurora Borealis" Prize for Outstanding Translation of Fiction Literature: Prof. Xu Yuanchong, nominated by the Translators' Association of China (TAC)
- "Aurora Borealis" Prize for Outstanding Translation of Non-fiction Literature: Ms Metella Paterlini, nominated by the Italian Association of Translators and Interpreters (AITI)
- Karel Čapek Medal for Translation from a Language of Limited Diffusion: Ms Kari Kemény, nominated by the Norwegian Association of Literary Translators (NO)
- FIT Prize for Best Periodical: ITI Bulletin published by the Institute of Translators and Interpreters in the UK, with an Honourable Mention going to the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) newsletter InformATIO
- FIT Prize for Best Website: awarded jointly to www.iti.org.uk and www.universitas.org – the websites of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (UK) and Universitas (Austria)
- FIT Prize for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Translation (new in 2014): Ms Svetla Moutafova, nominated by the Bulgarian Translators' Association
- FIT Prize for Interpreting Excellence (new in 2014): Dorothy Charbonneau, nominated by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO)
- Pierre-François Caillé Memorial Medal for a contribution to the profession at an international level: Bente Christensen, nominated by the Norwegian Association of Literary Translators (NO)