Undergraduate Translation Contest

MEAMS Undergraduate Translation Contest

The Department of Middle Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (MEAMS) is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 translation contest for students studying Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Ancient Greek, and Latin.

Undergraduate students in all departments and programs across Binghamton University are invited to submit literary English translations of texts from Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Ancient Greek, or Latin (either Classical or Medieval). Student contestants must choose their text in consultation with a member of the MEAMS faculty (see faculty contacts listed by language below). This contest aims to highlight the work of students who are interested in the process of translation from one language to another as a process that is both creative and intellectually meaningful.


Contest rules

All submitted translations must be the original work product of the student contestants. Students entering the contest should declare which language they propose to translate and make a single submission in that category. Submitted translations will be evaluated by MEAMS faculty members who will not only look for accuracy and idiom but also style.


Prizes

Three awards of $250 each for Arabic, Greek, and Latin. Contest winners will be announced during the MEAMS end-of-year student recognition ceremony in May 2022.


Texts

Applicants must choose their text in consultation with the appropriate MEAMS faculty member below.


Deadlines

  1. Contestants must choose their text in consultation with a member of the MEAMS faculty by December 31, 2021.
  2. Translations must be submitted by April 30, 2022.

How to submit your translation

Submit your translation electronically, preferably via Google Documents, to both Prof. Omid Ghaemmaghami (omid@binghamton.edu) and Dr. Jeffrey Becker (beckerj@binghamton.edu) by the deadline (April 30, 2022).