Image (above): The Right Hon. J.B. Chifley talking to Sergeant Pritchard, AWAS, the only woman interpreter of Japanese in the Australian Army, AWM 099452.
Language in Times of War and Conflict
An Interdisciplinary Symposium to be held at the Australian National University, Canberra
13-14 November 2017
This interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together scholars and researchers working on diverse aspects of the topic of language in times of war and conflict. Language – from the language deployed in propaganda to the experiences of interpreters in war zones – is a critical part of the story of war. Yet it is not always made the explicit focus of study. A number of scholars have started to develop a body of work on the topic with some geographical areas (the UK, Europe) and conflicts (the First and Second World Wars) being better represented than others. We hope to encourage productive discussions that will increase our understanding of language in times of war and conflict.
Call for Papers Now Open
We welcome papers covering a wide chronological and geographical range, but are especially keen to bring together scholars working on Australian topics. It is anticipated that the symposium will result in an edited volume.
Papers are welcome on topics including but not limited to:
corpus approaches to language and war
the language of propaganda and politics in wartime
the language of commemoration and remembrance
experiences of interpreters
crosscultural communication in times of war and conflict
language learning and policy in military and government contexts