Professor Vijay Bhatia at the Hellenic American CollegeProfessor Vijay Bhatia, Professor of English at the City University of Hong Kong and visiting Professor in the PhD program in Language & Communication at Hellenic American University, will give a public lecture on the Interdiscursive Construction of Identity in International Arbitration.

The lecture is being held by the PhD Program in Applied Linguistics of Hellenic American College in cooperation with Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA) and will take place on Friday March 18th, 2015, at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor Auditorium, at 22 Massalias street in Athens.

Read Professor Bhatia's abstract to the talk:

It is generally believed that international arbitration is a consensual, economical and effective out-of-court mechanism for resolving commercial disputes. In practice, however, it is being increasingly influenced by adversarial, expensive and time-consuming litigation practices, thereby threatening the integrity of arbitration as an independent alternative to litigation, which often results in contested identities of arbitrators, which are reflected in hybrid discourses across arbitration-litigation borders. Drawing evidence from discoursal data (narrative and documentary), I would like to claim that interdiscursive construction of identity across cultural, disciplinary, professional, or jurisdictional boundaries invariably results in contested forms reflected in discourse hybridity. More generally, I will also identify some of the key socio-critical issues and their implications for the future of arbitration institution as a non-litigative practice in international commercial contexts.

Professor Bhatia is a member of the Scientific committee of the International Conference: Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders, scheduled to take place in Hellenic American College from September 23rd to 25th 2016.

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Admission is free of charge.

About the speaker

Vijay Bhatia retired as Professor of English from the City University of Hong Kong. He is the CEO and Director of ESP Communication Services and also the President of the Asia-Pacific Association of LSP and Professional Communication. Some of his recent research includes Analyzing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Practices, and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analytical Study, in which he led research teams from more than 20 countries. He has to his credit more than 150 publications, which include individually authored monographs, edited books, book chapters and research articles in international journals. Two of his books, Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings and Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View, are widely used in genre theory and professional communication studies. His new book Critical Genre Analysis: Investigating Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Practice is due to be published later in the year by Routledge.

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