Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Language and Discourse Seminar Series

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JHB 202, John Henry Brookes Building , Headington Campus, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Why is discourse important to critical event studies? An emerging field with speaker Ian Lamond, Leeds Beckett University

Just as Tourism, under the gaze of John Urry and the philosophic practitioner guidance of John Tribe,
and Hospitality, under the maître d’ship of Peter Lugosi and Paul Lynch, are developing a critical
edge, so is the field of event studies and event management are maturing to be much more than an
area whose dominant focus is operational. Over the last 4 or 5 years the field has been evolving in
directions that reconfigure and widen it into something that both incorporates its past whilst hinting
at a much richer and diverse future. Recently this emerging incarnation has been tentatively labelled
critical event studies, but that title still requires work to clarify and ground what it means. In this
paper I will draw from my own journey through philosophy and political sociology to an interest in
adopting a critical orientation to the study of events, outlining what that currently means to me and
the centrality of grounding the field in a critical approach to discourse as social practice. I will argue
that grounding a critical approach to the study of events in this way is not only significant for event
studies connection to mainstream events management education, its traditional ‘stomping ground’,
or the commonly associated areas of critical tourism and critical hospitality studies, but also to the
wider social sciences and humanities.