Welcome to Languages at War
The University of Reading, with the University of Southampton and the Imperial War Museum, London, has received funding from the AHRC for a major project on Languages at War: policies and practices of language contacts in conflict.
The aim of the project is to open up a new area of academic research which is recognised as important in government and military circles, but which has yet to be studied systematically.
The research will focus on three questions:
- What are the official foreign language policies of goverment, military and multilateral agencies as they concern the case-study situations?
- What are the foreign language experiences of those involved in these conflicts?
- How do these experiences relate to the policy frameworks set?
At the end of the project, conclusions will be drawn on the ways in which the foreign language experiences of participants in invasion/ occupation and peacekeeping relate to the language policies of official agencies involved.
Workshops: 1st Languages at War Workshop, IWM London, 29th May 2009
*Photographs courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, London