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Full Title: Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Start Date: 03-Jun-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
Contact: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
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Meeting Description: Specialist Panel: 'Crisis, What Crisis?'

Panel Rationale and Context: Crisis as a pervasive concept across academic disciplines. The most recent 'trigger' is the economic crisis in Europe and North America. Language-based research into this crisis, or indeed any crisis, is relatively speaking less developed than that conducted in other disciplines, notably sociology and economics. Extant work is often based on legitimate cases studies, the discourses of a given political, news, environmental, language policy, economic etc crisis.

The panel aim is to take stock and to go back a few steps into discussing the discourses around the notion of crisis in order to advance our understanding of how to carry the term forward in sociolinguistic / discourse analytic research. After all, as Castells et al (2012:7) argue in their sociological work on the cultures of the most recent economic crisis, a 'crisis, its conflicts and its treatment are always social processes. And these social processes, as all others, are enacted and shaped by the interests, values, beliefs and strategies of social actors.' That being the case, language can provide invaluable insights into the meanings and circumstances of a 'crisis', whether at a local, national or international level. Williams (2012), too, highlights the role of language in deepening our understanding of the notions of crisis and crisis aftermath. Her historical review of these two terms reveals, amongst other things, the discursive, ongoing reconstruction that has led from treating crisis as a turning point, something imminent on the historical horizon, to an immanent condition (see also Kermade 1966, 2000).

Panel Organisers:

- Prof. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (
- Dr. Philippa Smith (

Conference: The Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (de)standardization

The University of Hong Kong, 3-6 June 2015

This is a major international conference that will attract language and communication researchers from across the globe to discuss their latest research projects and engage in theoretical debate.

Hong Kong is a key location to meet and the conference organisers have confirmed five internationally recognised plenary speakers from the United States, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Asia. More details can be found on the conference website:
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Semantics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.2331

This is a session of the following meeting:
Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

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