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Modern Poetry in Translation – next edition ‘Freed Speech’

Posted in Academic Journals, News/Information, Poetry and Literature by Pippa on April 15, 2009

The next issue of Modern Poetry in Translation (Third Series, Number 12, autumn 2009) will be called ‘Freed Speech’.


Last year saw the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of those rights is freedom of speech. In our next issue we want to celebrate speech that has been freed. Poetry and translation, working together, have often been the means and the best expression of that liberation. We want examples from past and present, from all over the world, from all manner of circumstances, of people being enabled to speak and of their voices being heard. Of course, we must show the repression and harming of those voices too. But chiefly we hope this issue will be celebratory.We want it to show the triumph of the will to speak, the freeing, the recovery and the enjoyment of tongues. And in this might be included texts which, for one reason or another lost or hidden, have now come to light   


Submissions should be sent by 1 August 2009, please, in hard copy, with return postage, to The Editors, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Queen’s College, Oxford, OX1 4AW.  Unless agreed in advance, submissions by email will not be accepted. Only very exceptionally will we consider work that has already been published elsewhere. Translators are themselves responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions. Since we do sometimes authorize further publication on one or two very reputable websites of work that has appeared in MPT, the permissions should cover that possibility.


Intern opportunities at United Sikhs – UN-affiliated NGO

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on April 9, 2009

UNITED SIKHS is a international UN-affiliated NGO undertaking advocacy projects to protect and promote civil and human rights for minorities and underprivileged communities in the USA and globally. Our interns are involved in furthering that goal. We are currently looking for interns in each of the following four areas:


Legal Advocacy: Interns will have an opportunity to work with attorneys on a range of significant issues and projects. Although we cannot predict what our needs would be for each term, the duties of an intern will involve hands on work with legal cases, and legal research regarding discrimination, racial profiling, hate crimes, prisoners’ rights, indigent defense, education, free speech and national security.

Media Advocacy: Interns will also be involved with drafting press releases and articles; training for public speaking and interviews; media relations and on occasion, inquiries from the public. Film and design work is also available.

Community Organizing: While UNITED SIKHS advocacy profile includes cases on discrimination and other forms of human rights violations against minorities and underprivileged communities. UNITED SIKHS engages in community organizing around advocacy issues and preventative outreach work for the Sikh Community, hence, interns will have an opportunity to develop and participate in community organizing and awareness programs.

United Nations Coordination: Interns will attend various conferences and meetings at the United Nations, and will have a chance to learn systems at the United Nations. Interns will also be involved with the organization of UNITED SIKHS events at the UN.


We are accepting applications to our internship program on a rolling basis, and are accepting applications from interns interested in any of the above areas.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to law-usa@unitedsikhs.org


For further information: http://www.unitedsikhs.org/jobs/

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