The planet and human beings are currently going through a double crisis of great gravity: climate and health. These crises impact human activity in all its diversity: cultural, societal, political, legal, commercial, economic, educational. In addition to these global events, there are national, social (“Black Lives Matter” in the United States, 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 alive in the media and in the contemporary collective imagination.
This international colloquium offers to bring together researchers and professionals from various fields to examine different aspects in the current period but also in other periods of crisis. We will also study the challenges that arose during these critical episodes and those that we still face today. Finally, the economic, commercial, cultural and legal innovations proposed during the previous and current crises will be studied. In the spirit of Applied Foreign Languages (LEA), a training program strongly invested in research in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Nantes, and of the Research Center 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) “Specialized languages and specialized translations – Didactics”; 2) “Identities and the process of patrimonialization”; 3) “The new challenges of international exchanges: trade and supply chain”.
The scope of the crises and the multiplicity of their consequences on human activity require an interdisciplinary approach to analyze and understand this complex experience.