Incorporating languages into histories of war: a research journey
Footitt, H. (2012) Incorporating languages into histories of war: a research journey. Translation Studies, 5 (2). pp. 217-231. ISSN 1751-2921
To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2012.663606
This article discusses the ways in which languages can be integrated into histories of war and conflict, by exploring ongoing research in two case studies: the liberation and occupation of Western Europe (1944–47), and peacekeeping/peace building in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995–2000). The article suggests that three methodological approaches have been of particular value in this research: adopting an historical framework; following the “translation” of languages into war situations; and contextualizing the figure of the interpreter/translator. The process of incorporating languages into histories of conflict, the article argues, has helped to uncover a broader languages landscape within the theatres of war.