The Faculty of Humanities celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, and language is still one of the most prominent fields of interest in the humanities. But how do we practise language and multilingualism? And how do we work with translation of literature, for children, youth and adults? What does multilingualism really mean for authors, translators and readers? 

In two interdisciplinary panels, the Faculty of Humanities, Goethe-Institut and Instituto Cervantes gather researchers, authors, translators and interpreters to showcase and pay homage to multilingualism – in theory and in practice. 

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Language and Translation in literature for children and young adults

Tamara Bach, author, debuted in 2005 with the novel Från en annan planet rewarded with the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

Sara van Meerbergen, Senior Lecturer in Dutch at Stockholm University.

Janina Orlov, translator and literary scholar at Stockholm University. In 2018 Orlov received the Hugo Bergroth-prize for her translations from Finnish and Russian. 

Elin Svahn, professional translator and PhD-student at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism.


Elina Druker, professor in literature science with a focus on children’s literature at Stockholm University. Druker is also on the jury for the ALMA-award. 

Language: swedish, german. The panel is interpreted from german to swedish by interpretator Elisabeth Poignant.

Translation and Authorship

Cecilia Alvstad, professor in translation studies at Stockholm University, with translation of Latin American literature to Swedish as her main field of research.

Maria Cecilia Barbetta, Argentinian author working in Germany, debuted in 2008 with the novel Änderungsschneiderei Los Milagros

Carla Jonson, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, with bilingualism and multilingualism as her main field of research.

Quan Zhou, author working in Spain. Zhou is noted for her novel Gazpacho Agridulce.


Ken Benson, professor in Spanish at Stockholm University, and Vice Dean of The Faculty of Humanities.

Language: spanish, swedish. The panel is interpreted from spanish to swedish by interpreter Joakim Vall.