An Enriching Fulbright Specialist Experience in Belgium

In November of this year I had the opportunity to spend two weeks at KU Leuven, Antwerp Campus, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. This program was designed to allow scholars to participate in short-term collaborative projects, ranging from 2-6 weeks. The program encourages all kinds of collaboration, ranging from lecturing and conducting seminars to curriculum assessment and professional development. During my stay, I gave a lecture on translation theory, sponsored by CETRA, and participated in a day-long symposium dedicated to the study of translation and imagology, or how national images circulate through translation.

In addition, I lectured at the Leuven campus to undergraduates in a course on World Literature. I was also able to meet one-on-one with several professors from KU Leuven, as well as with a visiting scholar from South Africa. Coming from the United States where the Translation Studies community is still rather small, I was thrilled by the level of engagement and exchange I experienced here in Belgium, making this an extremely enriching experience for me. I look forward to future collaborations with the students and scholars I met during my stay as a Fulbright Specialist.

Brian James Baer (Kent State University)
Fulbright Senior Specialist to Belgium