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Translation Funding Opportunities

Translation Funding for Non-Fiction Titles

The Humanities and Social Sciences have a long tradition in Germany that continues to flourish. The programme Geisteswissenschaften International promotes and extends this tradition by making research available to a global audience. This translation programme, a partnership between the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and VG Wort, aims to help English-language publishers to make the wider world aware of research that is ‘Made in Germany’.
The partners in this initiative contribute €600,000 every year to fund the translation of outstanding academic works into English. Titles are selected by an independent jury of academics, trade journalists and academic publishers. More than thirty works have already been funded since the launch of the initiative, including titles by Hans Belting, Christian Meier and Niklas Luhmann. The areas of interest of English-language publishers are as diverse as Geisteswissenschaften International’s funding opportunities. Nevertheless, certain focus areas have emerged since the programme’s launch. One of the key points of interest has been the subject of colonialism. With its defeat in the First World War, Germany withdrew from the circle of European colonial powers. But research on imperialism and colonialism was set in motion worldwide by the so-called ‘cultural turn’, just as it was by colonial and postcolonial studies. German research contributes to this body of research and provides important impulses and insights that merit an international readership.
For a list of all the books for which translation funding is currently available, see:
For additional information on any aspect of the programme, please contact:
Ms Anke Simon
Geschäftsstelle Geisteswissenschaften International c/o Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.
Braubachstraße 16
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: 069/1306-599

Translation funding is available for the following three books, along with many others:
Jakob Zollmann
Koloniale Herrschaft und ihre Grenzen: Die Kolonialpolizei in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1894-1915
(Colonial Rule and Its Limits: The Colonial Police Force in German South-West Africa 1894-1915)
Susanne Kuß
Deutsches Militär auf kolonialen Kriegsschauplätzen: Eskalation von Gewalt zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts
(The German Military in Colonial Theatres of War. The Escalation of Violence in the early 20th Century)
Jörg Fisch
Das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker:
Die Domestizierung einer Illusion
(Peoples’ Right to Self-Determination: The Domestication of an Illusion)