• Du 07 octobre 2021 au 15 janvier 2022
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The dual health and climate crises confronting humanity and the planet today are unprecedented. These crises are impacting human activity in all its diversity extending across cultural, societal, political, legal, business, economic and educational spheres. In addition to these global phenomena, we have also witnessed national, social ("Black Lives Matter" in the United States, the Afghan crisis...) and political crises (Brexit in the United Kingdom, American insurrection on Capitol Hill in January 2021...). This period evokes representations of real and fictional historical crises. The specter of natural disaster - pandemic, flood, fire, hurricane - and the effects on populations seem to come to life in the media and in the contemporary collective imagination.

This international conference proposes to bring together researchers and professionals from various fields to examine different aspects of the current period, but also of other periods of crisis. We will set out to examine the challenges that arose during these critical times and those that we still face today. Finally, we will also study the opportunities presented by these crises and, in particular, the economic, business, cultural and legal innovations that have emerged and continue to emerge. In the spirit of Applied Foreign Languages and International Business (LEA), a department strongly invested in research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Nantes, and of the Centre for Research on Identities, Nations and Interculturality (CRINI), this conference is intended to be resolutely interdisciplinary and international. The notions of crisis, challenge and innovation will be examined in three workshops corresponding to the research topics of CRINI's Theme 2: 1) Language for specific purposes and specialised translation - LSP Didactics; 2) Identities and processes of patrimonialisation; 3) New challenges in international business: trade & supply chain perspectives. The scope of the crises and the multiplicity of their consequences on human activity require an interdisciplinary approach to analyse and understand these complex events.

Workshop 1 : Languages for specific purposes, specialised translation and LSP didactics

Teaching foreign language through digital tools has experienced trial by fire in higher education since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. While technological integration in foreign language teaching and learning greatly predated the health crisis, the place of digital tools has become pressing question in the larger community of researchers and language teachers. Anchored in an interdisciplinary conference, this workshop will consider the challenges and opportunities that technological innovation provides to language learning, teaching, and research. Papers presented may include research about the integration of digital corpora and quantitative tools in LSP programmes, studies about linguistic data from learners’ productions and the insights learner corpora may hold for applied language teaching, and the impact of the pandemic on the acceptance of technology and its integration into LSP programmes.

Workshop 2 : Identities and processes of patrimonialisation

Times of crisis are particularly conducive to the emergence of processes of selection, screening, evaluation and reappraisal of cultural heritage, which in turn have an impact on identity dynamics often with serious consequences. This obviously concerns intangible (immaterial) cultural heritage (social practices, festive or ritual events, etc.), which, as we have seen, has been impacted by the current health crisis. But this is also true for tangible (material) cultural heritage (monuments, urban spaces, etc.) which, as a result of wars, border displacements or population shifts, often needs to be recontextualised and potentially reassessed.
If we consider that cultural heritage serves as a reaffirmation of self conceptions, an expression of individual identity and promotes social cohesion, this research workshop is particularly interested in identities and the processes of patrimonialisation. It will focus on cross-border and transnational contexts, transformations of cultural heritage over time (traces), peripheral territories, shared heritage and dissonant heritage.
Contributions focusing on regions and situations in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European countries will be of particular interest. A number of different areas can be explored: monumental heritage, the domestic sphere, landscapes, rural societies... The heritage artefacts studied may be tangible/material (objects, goods, museums, cities, architectures, libraries, monuments, etc.) or intangible/immaterial (rituals, craftsmanship, social practices, etc.). Different theoretical and methodical approaches may also be used to study the links between 'heritage' and 'identities', focusing on one of the following themes:
- Transnational cultural heritage, communities and circulation spaces;
- Inclusions or exclusions of expressions of identity in cultural heritage in light of developments or changes of context;
- Appropriation strategies of cultural heritage and management of the conflictual past (traces, actors, instances, media, hegemonic analyses, etc.)
- Themes and issues related to unwanted cultural heritage

Workshop 3 : New challenges in international business: trade & supply chain perspectives

A group of researchers within CRINI (Research Centre on Identities, Nations and Interculturality), who are involved in the LEA (Foreign Languages Applied to international business) Master’s programmes in Nantes University (International Trade, International Logistics, Internationalisation and development of SMEs, Business Tourism), are building on their work in the area of "International economic exchanges and cultural identities" (see full version of the call for papers for a list of published works).
The central focus of their work is the study of the specificities of each geographical and cultural area in managing economic and trade exchanges, as well as the strategies implemented to deal with them. These specificities cover a number of domains such as the analysis of marketing strategies (at company, territorial or community level), economic models, distribution channels, distributor-supplier relations, infrastructures and modes of transport, local administrative regulations, consumption patterns...
The covid-19 health crisis and trade tensions of recent years have not only transformed international trade, but have also exposed the vulnerabilities of global supply chains. Consequently, companies have had to face a number of new challenges, which may also be opportunities. To better understand these challenges and future perspectives, this international and interdisciplinary conference will devote one day to international trade and another to international logistics. It will bring together researchers from different fields of research such as international trade, logistics, information systems management, management, economics, marketing, law, civilisation, from the LEA programme or other national and international programmes or entities.