2017 efsliDI Spring School in Kaunas, Lithuania

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The efsli Deaf Interpreters Spring School will be run from 31th March to 2nd April 2017 in Kaunas, Lithuania.



Vytautas Didziojo Universitetas
S.Daukanto g.28
LT-44248 Kaunas


“Advantages and challenges in Deaf interpreting teams”

Learning outcomes:

– How does the concept of sameness challenge your interpreting work?
– What are the differences? – Perspectives in working in team with Deaf interpreters
(DIs) and also     with hearing interpreters (HIs).
– Which advantages is there in DI/DI teams and DI/HI teams
– How to apply the theoretical framework to our practice?
– How do we talk about our work outside the field?

Preliminary programme:

Day 1 – Friday

Afternoon: Introduction to theories & opening presentations

Late afternoon:  Theory & roundtable discussion

Day 2 – Saturday

Morning: Theory continued

Early Afternoon: workshop

Late Afternoon:  discussion

Day 3 – Sunday

Morning: Summary and outcome discussion

Afternoon: Wrap up


Friday, 31th March 2017 9:00 – 18:00
Saturday, 1st April 2017 9:00 – 18:00
Sunday 2nd April 2017 9:00 – 14:00


Trainers: Ellen Nauta and Vivien Mirjam Batory

Vivien Batory is from Denmark, and has Danish sign language as her native language; through her childhood she met many international deaf people and learned the beauty of international sign early. As a WFDYS member and president for total 8 years she also have an extensive experience with IS.

She has studied Film and Media science (BA) Cross-cultural studies (MA level) and graduated with a MA degree from EUMASLI (European Master of Sign Language Interpreting)

She was the first deaf interpreter interpreting live news on television in Denmark, and has more than 10 years experience in interpreting and translation in various settings.

Ellen Nauta (The Netherlands), always fond of languages, so she made her job out of it: she was a part of a research team in linguistics of sign languages for a several years and now in the Netherlands she is the first deaf teacher teaching interpreting skills to hearing students. When interpreting, she is mostly working between two signed languages and interpreting for the deafblind. She took Communication Studies (BA) and Spanish (BA) at Gallaudet University, after that she went ahead for Sign language Linguistics (BA) at the University of Amsterdam and finally got her MSc degree in Sign Language Interpreting from the EUMASLI program at Heriot-Watt University

Registration and payment deadline is 28th February 2017.

Thirty places are available (first come, first served).

Registration fees:

efsli individual member (GDP under 20.000 €) 120,00 euro
efsli individual member (GDP over 20.000 €) 180,00 euro
non efsli individual member (GDP under 20.000 €) 200,00 euro
non efsli individual member (GDP over 20.000 €) 220,00 euro
Please check the GDP of your country on https://efsli.org/membership/membership-fees/
Registration fees include coffee breaks.
You will have to arrange for your own accommodation, travel and meals.


Cancellation policy:

Please be advised that if you wish to cancel your registration then the following applies.

If your cancellation is received:

• before 28th February 2017: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee

• after 28th February 2017: no refund

Changes in registration is 50 Euro. This charge will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you. Cancellations must be sent by email to admin@efsli.org and need to be confirmed by efsli.

If you have further questions about the efsliDI Spring school, please contact efslidi@efsli.org

If you have further questions about registration, please contact: admin@efsli.org

Looking forward to welcoming you in beautiful Kaunas!

Please use this link for registration

Payment instructions:
PAYPAL (+ charges)
If you like to pay by paypal, please use the paypal button below.

DI Spring Seminar 2017

Please tranfer the fee + bank charges to:
BNP Parisbas, Belgium
IBAN: BE71 2900 1504 9569
Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69
EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)
Wetstraat 26/15
1040 Brussels
Please add in the description of the bank transfer: your name and “DI Spring 2017”