chapter  12
Translation, clashes and conflict
ByPaul F. Bandia
Pages 15

In many ways the history of humanity in relation to wars, conflicts and other forms of clashes can be said to foreshadow the history of translation, and can provide the basis for elucidating the role and significance of translation in the evolution of human history. Interest in translation and conflict can be linked to the proliferation of power relations studies, particularly in the sub-field of minority and postcolonial translation studies. In terms of cultural globalisation, there have been numerous clashes related to issues of power differentials between the developing and the developed nations. The conceptualisation of agency in translation research related to war and conflict seems to include a broad range of approaches, from investigations into cases of more passive resistance and subversion inspired by postcolonial theory to more assertive activism and engagement. Translation by its very nature is asymmetrical and oppositional. Imperialist translation projects were developed in the struggle between socialist and capitalist forces.