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SCOS News 2022!

SCOS Conference 2022 & other newsy things

Dear All
First, the really good news, the SCOS 2022 conference website is now up and running and will be accepting abstracts very soon!  Get cracking for Krakow! Join Scossy and his friends!

https://isp.uj.edu.pl/nauka/konferencje/-/journal_content/56_INSTANCE_eMo0w6TYgYId/2103800/149421049

The theme is ‘stranger’ – and I’m guessing we can all relate to that in these strange times.

Two other important items, the first with a tight timetable:

Call for Papers EGOS 2022
Sub-theme 65: Visual studies and seeing the unnoticed in organizations

This sub-theme aims to bring together researchers interested in deepening and broadening our understanding of the visual in organization studies. It asks how can we identify productive ways through which visual and discursive research can intersect, towards affording visual methods a more equitable standing in the field? We are extremely pleased to announce that Prof Emma Bell has agreed to deliver an opening address and that Prof Sam Warren and A/Prof Harriet Short will deliver a visual pattern analysis workshop in our sub-theme.

Contributions are invited that either: outline current visual organizational research; or advance conceptual or methodological understanding of why and how to see the unnoticed and unspoken in organization. Please consider presenting you research visually, for example through visual storytelling, video essay, photographic installation, collage, illustration, or material artefacts.

Possible questions that submissions might address include, but are not limited to:

In which ways can visual approaches explore beauty, imperfection or ugliness in organizing?
What novel and unexpected insights can visual research create, and what new theorizing does it facilitate?

What specific concepts, practices and processes are involved in a visual organizational project, including how research participants are engaged (e.g. in co-production) and how to communicate the outcomes of visual organizational research?
How can visual methods enable us to see through organizational logics and discourses, and which everyday organizational phenomena have so far gone unnoticed and how might they be illuminated?

How might visual approaches further shift the gaze in the field to see organizational intersubjectivities in more pluralistic, non-binary, inclusive ways?
What aesthetics, embodiments and affects are experienced in (co-)production of visual research, and how can they be consciously articulated?

How can visual approaches decolonize and/or empower disenfranchised groups in organizational research? In which ways can visual approaches be used to shine light on taken-for-granted discourses and expose problematic organizational histories (e.g. colonization, imperialism, oppression, exploitation, fraud, etc.)?

In what ways can methodologies draw on visual materials, multimodal texts and other artifacts, and how might such approaches be used to make sense of, or give sense to organizational narratives?
How might alternative conceptual lenses inform and refocus our development of visual methods?

(j.koning@maastrichtuniversity.nl); Maria Laura Toraldo (marialaura.toraldo@unimi.it).

hesitate to reach out to us: Tim Butcher (tim.butcher@utas.edu.au); Juliette Koning

The full call for papers can be found on the EGOS Vienna 2022 website:

https://bit.ly/EGOS2022_The_Unnoticed

ALSO

Info about the Copenhagen conference special issue:

Yours in haste

Christina

SCOS Membership secretary

SCOS News December 2021

SCOS Newsletter

December 2021

Several. things to look forward to in the new year: The University of Bedfordshire is hosting a conference on 10 January from 10am-4:30pm (UK time), on-line. The theme is on Learning from research into the pandemic and implications for management curricula.Very timely! The guest speaker is Professor Alison Pullen, co-editor of Gender, Work and Organization who will be presenting at 11am. Her talk will be on the ways in which GWO responded to Covid, streamlining their reviewing procedures so that contributions could be published quickly. The resulting archive of Feminist Frontiers is a fascinating collection of chronicles of the many ways this experience. has affected us as researchers, writers, teachers. The conference is free but you need to register to get the link and programme.

Secondly,  the Revue Internationale de Psychosociologie et de Gestiondes Comportements Organisationnels (RIPCO) journal has a call for a special issue on:

Spaces and Organisation Behaviour: new organisations, new theorisations

This is a very Scossy-topic and looks really interesting. Here is the link to the call https://ripco-online.com/EN/CFPS/CFP_SI_SPACEOB.asp 

Submissions can be written either in English or in French. 

Thirdly, Stockholm University is recruiting:

Associate lectureship (Biträdande lektorat 1) (Swedish not required):

https://www.su.se/om-universitetet/jobba-p%C3%A5-su/lediga-jobb?rmpage=job&rmjob=16421&rmlang=SE


Associate lectureship 2 (Biträdande lektorat 2) (Swedish language required):

https://www.su.se/om-universitetet/jobba-p%C3%A5-su/lediga-jobb?rmpage=job&rmjob=16420&rmlang=SE

Culture and Organisation Special Issue

CFP – Differences in and Around Organisations – please see the link below for more info and submission guidelines

Differences in and around organizations

Differences fascinate us, and they frighten us. To remain competitive, companies need to be different, but they also imitate and thus ultimately resemble each other. The same with humans: we want to stand out, to be different – just not too different. Scholars increasingly pause to consider the concept of difference in their study of diverse practices. With this trend in mind, we invite you to explore difference in and around organizations and submit to the special issue. We encourage contributors that draw on the rich traditions of the social sciences, humanities, and arts, as these stand at the vanguard of difference as a concept to be used in the study of social reality (some prominent thinkers include Jacques Derrida, Niklas Luhmann, Gregory Bateson, Judith Butler or Sara Ahmed to mention some). We are seeking contributions investigating how difference practices unfold in and around organizations as well as contributions that explore how we can begin to think differently about processes of organizing.

Our perception of difference affects our understandings of organizations and organizational processes. When we organize our world by putting things and people in boxes, categorizing them, we typically use identity as labels. Instead of identity, one could consider difference as the primary category of reality and begin to think about difference in itself (Deleuze 1994). Structuralism insists that language is constituted by difference, that words are not endowed with an inherent meaning, but gain their significance by virtue of being distinguished from other terms. Poststructuralism has further argued that difference is not naturally given but produced and performed in what Derrida calls the “play of difference” (1982: 5). Similarly, system theory builds on the assumption that any system is produced through the difference between system and environment, a distinction that the system itself constantly produces and maintains. To understand a system, one should not start by identifying stable entities, but rather “begin with difference” (Luhmann 2006: 38; see also Cooper 1986).

According to feminist and postcolonial scholars, difference markers like race or gender are constructed performatively. Bodies are never neutral but gendered and racialized through historically and culturally produced categories of difference (Ahmed, 1998, 2007, Butler 1990, 1993; Braidotti, 2011; Essed 1996). A focus on how distinctions and identities are constituted and maintained serves to connect differences with ethics and politics. Arguing that certain groups tend to be favored over other Rhodes and Wray-Bliss (2012) call for an ethics of difference that value diversity. Kersten and Abbott suggest that we learn to tolerate difference, with the challenge being to “reconstruct our sense of community into one that can truly incorporate difference” (2011: 333). This relates to organization studies because the norms for what is acceptable and unacceptable in the academic organization studies discourse are built on ethical and political presuppositions. Drawing on such reflections, we can begin to appreciate practices that allows us to ‘write differently’ (Gilmore, Harding, Hellin and Pullen, 2019) and to find alternative forms of articulation that subvert dominant norms.

A failure to acknowledge the differences that animate the world can also have environmental consequences. According to Bateson (1972), Western epistemology functions based on isolating things from their environment. For example, the Darwinian theory of natural selection, Bateson (1972) maintains, is concerned with understanding the survival of organisms. However, such a perspective can lead one to become preoccupied with the survival of oneself or one’s organization, and thus to forget the survival of the environment on which one’s own existence is based. This engenders a ‘man versus nature’ mentality instead of an appreciation for humankind’s interconnection with nature. A growing field of organizational environmentalism has argued that the current climate and social challenges we face should encourage us to ‘make sense of the world differently’ (Wright, Nyberg, DeCock and Whiteman, 2013: 654).

Possible themes include but are not restricted to:

  • Diversity in organizations
  • Different practices in organizations and alternative organizations
  • Difference as a basis for ethics, subjectivity, and self-formation
  • Organizational environmentalism and the relation between organizations and nature
  • Resisting difference in organizations
  • Doing justice to difference in organizations
  • Spaces of difference in organizations
  • Writing differently and alternative forms of academic articulation
  • Liminal spaces, social limbos and being in-between organizations
  • Bodies marked with difference
  • Hyphenated and hybrid identities
  • Borders and boundaries of/by difference

SCOS/C&O Joint statement of protest and solidarity with colleagues at University of Leicester

In our capacity as the Board of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS), and the Editorial Team of our in-house journal, Culture and Organization (C&O), we issue this statement of protest and solidarity in support of our colleagues in political economy and critical management studies at the University of Leicester, who have been threatened with redundancy during a public health pandemic. 

We would like to express our dismay at the recent announcement by the School of Business at the University of Leicester that it will divest all research activities in the areas of critical management studies and political economy and make faculty working in these areas redundant. The decision to erase this field of expertise is particularly concerning given the leading role that the School of Business at Leicester has played in the establishment of critical management studies and the reputation and quality of the faculty associated with it. SCOS and C&O have always had a very close connection to the University of Leicester, with a number of journal editors, conference organisers and Board members all coming from the School of Business/Management. This decision significantly damages the reputation of the University as a research-intensive institution.  

SCOS proudly supports the vital importance of pluralist critical research and scholarship in the social sciences, particularly at this moment of crisis. Political economy and critical management studies are a vital part of a rich academic eco-system where inclusion not divestment should be the watchword. Rather than being diluted, pluralist critical scholarship in our universities should be supported and extended.  

SCOS is a global network of academics and practitioners, who hail from a hugely diverse range of disciplines and professional backgrounds. We were formed in 1981, and hold an annual international conference and have hundreds of members worldwide. Our central interest is in the interlinked issues of organizational symbolism, culture and change, articulated in the broadest possible sense and informed by our commitment to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings of organization and management. SCOS is known for its inclusivity, providing a space where scholars from any background and discipline can come together, and importantly SCOS has always been particularly welcoming of non-academic participants including consultants and practitioners from a variety of profit and non-profit sectors. 

This ethos is reflected in our official journal, Culture and Organization, launched in 1995. C&O exemplifies the SCOS tradition of a critical approach to qualitative research that crosses traditional disciplinary and functional boundaries as well as providing reflection on the forms this work takes, the methods it adopts and the voices it represents. C&O has been proud to one of a number of high quality journals which have published leading research in the critical management studies field from scholars based at Leicester. 

The SCOS Board. 

Culture and Organization Editorial Team. 

SCOS Update November 2021

Dear All

Three really interesting items this month:

 From Helena Liu: 

Call for Papers for a SI she’s editing with Alessandro Sancino, Anjuli Fahlberg, and Owain Smolović Jones, on “Re-Organizing for Public Value” for Organization  


On behalf of her colleagues Alessandro Sancino, Anjuli Fahlberg, and Owain Smolović Jones, here is their Call for Papers on “Re-Organizing for Public Value” in the journal Organizationhttps://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/ORG/CfP%20Organization_final-last_vfin_2%20%28002%29-1612542804133.pdf 

In case you’d like further information or would like to share some ideas, please feel free to get in touch with us at criticalpublicvalue@gmail.com. 

Deadline is 31st January 2022 and papers will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard review process. 

From Harriet Shortt: 

Call for Papers EGOS 2022
Sub-theme 65: Visual studies and seeing the unnoticed in organizations 
 

This sub-theme aims to bring together researchers interested in deepening and broadening our understanding of the visual in organization studies. It asks how can we identify productive ways through which visual and discursive research can intersect, towards affording visual methods a more equitable standing in the field? We are extremely pleased to announce that Prof Emma Bell has agreed to deliver an opening address and that Prof Sam Warren and A/Prof Harriet Short will deliver a visual pattern analysis workshop in our sub-theme.  

Contributions are invited that either: outline current visual organizational research; or advance conceptual or methodological understanding of why and how to see the unnoticed and unspoken in organization. Please consider presenting you research visually, for example through visual storytelling, video essay, photographic installation, collage, illustration, or material artefacts.  

Possible questions that submissions might address include, but are not limited to:  

In which ways can visual approaches explore beauty, imperfection or ugliness in organizing?
What novel and unexpected insights can visual research create, and what new theorizing does it facilitate?  

What specific concepts, practices and processes are involved in a visual organizational project, including how research participants are engaged (e.g. in co-production) and how to communicate the outcomes of visual organizational research?
How can visual methods enable us to see through organizational logics and discourses, and which everyday organizational phenomena have so far gone unnoticed and how might they be illuminated?  

How might visual approaches further shift the gaze in the field to see organizational intersubjectivities in more pluralistic, non-binary, inclusive ways?
What aesthetics, embodiments and affects are experienced in (co-)production of visual research, and how can they be consciously articulated?  

How can visual approaches decolonize and/or empower disenfranchised groups in organizational research? In which ways can visual approaches be used to shine light on taken-for-granted discourses and expose problematic organizational histories (e.g. colonization, imperialism, oppression, exploitation, fraud, etc.)?  

In what ways can methodologies draw on visual materials, multimodal texts and other artifacts, and how might such approaches be used to make sense of, or give sense to organizational narratives?
How might alternative conceptual lenses inform and refocus our development of visual methods?  

Do not hesitate to reach out to us: Tim Butcher (tim.butcher@utas.edu.au); Juliette Koning  


(j.koning@maastrichtuniversity.nl); Maria Laura Toraldo (marialaura.toraldo@unimi.it). The full call for papers can be found on the EGOS Vienna 2022 website:  

https://bit.ly/EGOS2022_The_Unnoticed

Deadline: 11 January 2022: 23:59:59 CET 

Mark Stein posted this on the SCOS facebook site – this meeting is not. free but looks. Really interesting. 

OPUS Scientific Meeting – Online via ZOOM 

OPUS is delighted to invite you to the second in our new series of Scientific Meetings in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics 

Lord of the Flies: A psychoanalytic view of the gang and its processes* 

Presenter: Professor Mark Stein 

Chair: Dame Ruth Silver 

During this Scientific Meeting, and drawing on William Golding’s classic novel ‘Lord of the Flies’, Mark will explore ganging phenomena. Mark argues that, following a trauma, ganging may develop in private, public and voluntary sector organizations, as well as in governments. He utilises psychoanalytic and especially Kleinian ideas to examine these themes. Worryingly, he argues, precisely because of the widespread trauma that will inevitably be left in their wake, phenomena such as climate change, famine, wars and pandemics could lead to the pervasive spread of ganging processes. 

Mark’s paper received the 2020 Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Essay Prize from a field of 60 essays. The prize honours the memory of Gavin MacFadyen, who was Professor of Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. The Macfadyen Prize committee described the paper as ‘a great achievement’, ‘erudite’ and ‘particularly relevant’ in the current political climate. 

Mark Stein PhD is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Management at the University of Leicester, and a coach and organisational consultant. He is also an Associate Lecturer on the Tavistock Clinic’s Professional Doctorate in Organisation and Consultation. He has held posts at Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Brunel University and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and been a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. 

As well as the Gavin Macfadyen Memorial Essay Prize, Mark has received the European Academy of Management’s iLab prize for innovative scholarship; an Emerald Citation of Excellence; the ‘Group & Organization Management’ best paper prize; and the Richard Normann Prize, of which he is the only recipient. 

• published in Organisational and Social Dynamics, 21(1), 11-27, and also in ‘A deeper cut: Further explorations of the unconscious in social and political life’ (2021; Morgan, David, Ed.; Bicester: Phoenix). 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/opus-scientific-meeting-the-lord-of-the-flies-tickets-177039228097

SCOS Update October 2021

Dear All,

Message to all Scossers

Two lovely events coming up!

Firstly: AMOS: After Method In Organization Studies Conference

After the due postponement last year, we are very pleased to announce that we have re-opened the call for abstracts for the 4th AMOS-After Method in Organization Studies Conference 2022. 

It will take place at Mälardalen University (Sweden), on 16-17 June 2022

The general theme of this AMOS Conference is “The epistemology of practice”. Please find the program and further information under this link: mdh.se/amos-conference

The conference will be preceded by a PhD workshop (15 June 2022). All information concerning this specific workshop can be found here:

https://www.mdh.se/en/malardalen-university/conferences/after-method-in-organization-studies-iv-amos-the-epistemology-of-practice#PhDworkshop

Key dates:

2021, October 4: Conference announcement 

2021, October 30:                            Conference abstract submission – Deadline 

Proposal for the PhD workshop – Deadline

2021, within December 4:            Notification of acceptance of conference abstract and proposal for PhD workshop 

And secondly: PhD seminar

PRELIMARY ANNOUNCEMENT

METHODOLOGY:
RESEARCHING HUMANLY / RESEARCHING AS BEING HUMAN

PhD seminar, in English, online, free of charge, 29 November-1 December 2021

In a forthcoming book, Monika Kostera (2022) describes the imaginoscope, a device for observing and experiencing objects and events taking place with diverse uses of the imagination. This seminar will build on the idea of co-constructing human researching and will examine available possibilities for identifying imaginative and inspired potentials of organizing and organizational life.

The scientific approach we shall use to systematically achieve this aim is phenomenal complexity theory (Letiche, 2000), a perspective on social science that prioritizes human experience and consciousness. Concerned with understanding complex relationships more than with uncovering causes and effects, it sees societies, organizations and communities, foremost as the shared experience of the Other. Phenomenology puts an emphasis on the “lifeworld”. Research rooted in this perspective reveals and describes how people make sense of the world. Unlike much of modernist social science, phenomenal complexity theory does not disregard human consciousness — the great embarrassment for functionalist theories. On the contrary, it seeks to both understand human being and to tap into it, to understand the world.

Ethnography is a research stance and methodological approach particularly well suited to the purpose of such an approach. The word “ethnography” comes from the Greek ethnos, which signifies “a people” and graphy, which means “writing” – ethnography means writing about people (Kostera and Harding, 2021). The methods favored by ethnographers aim at seeing, experiencing, and understanding human interactions and relationships. The researcher then needs to make sense of the collected material, by connecting cues derived from the field to frames and stories that serve as connecting devices (Weick, 1995). Every situation has many possible meanings which can crystallize in interpretation.

While the more conventional approaches privilege looking for patterns, structures, and emerging categories, this is not the only possible choice. A more radically phenomenological stance calls for researchers to focus on understanding over explanation (Feyerabend, 1975). This seminar will aim at supporting and nurturing this latter direction, not necessarily intended to replace more traditional theorizing, but as an interesting, and insightful enhancement. We will guide the students in what the poet John Keats calls ‘negative capability’, positioned as an approach to ethnographic reflection and interpretation. It is a way of abstaining from the drive to explain what we do not understand. Instead, we can remain attentive and focused. This way it is possible to gain new insights, by way of refusing to immediately recognize and know.

Participants will develop the skills and awareness needed to engage in an Ethnography of Looking. Art theorist and artist John Berger has explained that seeing is more than just taking in something by the sense of sight; ‘seeing’ establishes our place in the world. We see and we are aware that we can be seen. Looking at images and more generally, at all objects, can bring the observer into a conversation with the observed and with other observers. The ethnographic method called ‘non-participant observation’ is about active looking and focusing on the immediate moment as intensely as possible, wherein “seeing comes before words,” which is a good example of negative capability used as a research methodology, whereby all things can be seen afresh, without their names, and then, narrated anew, not necessarily in the same way as usually and not necessarily with the use of the everyday categories.

The three-day online workshop will consist of lectures interspersed with discussion sessions and exercises, aimed at showcasing and problematizing phenomenological ways of undertaking research, making sense of the field, and writing up the research experience in ways which privilege complexity, relationality, and engagement.

TO REGISTER & TAKE PART: You need to send a message to jean-luc.moriceau@imt- bs.eu, CC: antonia.heriot@univ-evry.fr, indicating your doctoral school, academic discipline, and proficiency in English language (poor/average/good). An attestation of participation will be delivered to Phd students participating to the three days.

References:

Feyerabend, Paul (1975) Against Method. London: New Left Books.
Kostera, Monika (2022) An Imaginoscope for Organizers. Washington: Zer0 Books/ John Hunt,

forthcoming.
Letiche, Hugo (2000) Phenomenal Complexity Theory as informed by Bergson. Journal of

Organizational Change Management, 13(6): 545-557.
Kostera, Monika and Nancy Harding (eds, 2021) Organizational Ethnography. Cheltenham:

Edward Elgar

Convenors:

Monika Kostera is Professor Ordinaria of Organizational Sociology at University of Warsaw (PL) and Professor at IMT-BS. Her research interests include organizational imagination, disalienated work and organizational ethnography. ! Jerzy Kociatkiewicz is Professor of HRM at IMT-BS. His research focus is on the experience of work and questions of organizational aesthetics.

SCOS Update September 2021

Dear All,

SCOS Newsletter September 2021

A couple of really interesting news items this month. Firstly, from Harriet Shortt and Michal Izak: 

Special Issue for Culture and Organization: ‘Flexible lives: spatial, temporal, and behavioural boundaries in a fluid world of work and home’ has a deadline extension! The deadline is now 31.01.2022, so those of you interested in submitting a paper will have a bit more time (https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/spatial-temporal-behavioural-boundaries-fluid-world-work-home/) – we would love to hear from you! 

We will also be convening a stream at the upcoming Critical Management Studies conference devoted specifically to the topic of this call for papers – Flexible lives: spatial, temporal, and behavioural boundaries in a fluid world of work and home (stream 4):  https://internationalcms.org/2021/03/26/call-for-submissions-12th-icms-conference/ . It will be an open call, so you can still submit a paper to the Special Issue by January 2022 deadline even without participating in a conference, but we would like to treat this stream as a way to help develop papers towards the submission.  The conference will take place (technically speaking) in New Delhi, India, but for practical reasons it will be an online only event. Date: 16-18 December 2021. Deadline for submissions of 1000 word abstracts: 1.07.2021. If you would like to participate, please submit to harriet.shortt@uwe.ac.uk or michal.izak@roehampton.ac.uk). We will encourage developing all accepted abstracts into full papers by the end of November 2021, so that they can be shared internally within the stream (if the authors agree) and discussed during the conference.

And secondly, from Beatriz Acevedo: 

I am delighted to invite you to the Thinking Through Drawing (TTD) Symposium 2021, this time on the topic of Unlocking.  TTD is a group of international academics, practitioners, activists, artists and educators passionate about the power of drawing for education and meaningful transformations.  

This year the TTD symposium will happen during the week of 18th to 23rd of October/2021. Monday to Friday we will have a combination of synchronous and asynchronous events, ranging from Yoga drawing, dream drawing (my own gig), and live workshops across the planet. The idea is that you can do them at your own time and for Saturday (23/10/2021) we will have live events and show and tell conversations about the week.    

Please Book your Place here.   If you need a bursary or discount please let us know,  

You can have a sneak peek to the events and workshops in our webpage (check it regularly as we are still uploading promo videos of the different events). https://www.thinkingthroughdrawing.org/symposia–publications.html 

All sound amazing! 

Cheers 

Christina: SCOS Membership Secretary 

SCOS Update June 2021


Dear All,

June 2021

SCOS 2021

Less than a month till our very own SCOS Conference, 5-6 July: https://www.tilmeld.dk/scos2021/submission-of-abstracts.html

You can also find information about the conference on the SCOS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scospage/

It should be a very wonderful conference (okay, maybe not quite as wonderful as meeting face-to-face, but as good as we can possibly make it and also FREE!). See you all there.

Two announcements from Harriet Shortt:

1.      Our Special Issue for Culture and Organization: ‘Flexible lives: spatial, temporal, and behavioural boundaries in a fluid world of work and home’ has a deadline extension! The deadline is now 31.01.2022, so those of you interested in submitting a paper will have a bit more time (https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/spatial-temporal-behavioural-boundaries-fluid-world-work-home/) – we would love to hear from you! 

2.      We will also be convening a stream at the upcoming Critical Management Studies conference devoted specifically to the topic of this call for papers – Flexible lives: spatial, temporal, and behavioural boundaries in a fluid world of work and home (stream 4):  https://internationalcms.org/2021/03/26/call-for-submissions-12th-icms-conference/ . It will be an open call, so you can still submit a paper to the Special Issue by January 2022 deadline even without participating in a conference, but we would like to treat this stream as a way to help develop papers towards the submission.  The conference will take place (technically speaking) in New Delhi, India, but for practical reasons it will be an online only event. Date: 16-18 December 2021. Deadline for submissions of 1000 word abstracts: 1.07.2021. If you would like to participate, please submit to harriet.shortt@uwe.ac.uk or michal.izak@roehampton.ac.uk). We will encourage developing all accepted abstracts into full papers by the end of November 2021, so that they can be shared internally within the stream (if the authors agree) and discussed during the conference.

And a very interesting webinar I’m involved in organising:

Performing Management or Managing Performance in Higher Education

Centre for Leadership Innovation Webinar: 21 June 2pm-3:30pm (UK time)

Join Zoom Meeting:    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81545797135

The unintended outcomes of performance management systems: Gaming in British universities

Btissam Aboubichr

Performance management systems are pervasive in contemporary organisations but their specific impact on employees is unclear. This presentation examines the unintended outcomes of performance management systems in British universities. Drawing on data collected from 65 semi-structured interviews in 13 research intensive universities in the UK rated in the top quartile in the REF 2014, the presentation presents a typology of gaming and examines how the performance management practices implemented in universities can incentivise academics to engage in gaming.

Performance and practice in higher education: an ethnomethodological study
of everyday academic work.

Caroline Bolam

It is widely accepted that Higher Education (HE) has gone through significant changes within the last sixty years. The effects of such phenomena as managerialism, marketization and performativity are well documented in the literature (Deem et al 2007, Molesworth et al 2011, Hussey and Smith 2010, Bell et al 2009).  Often, such terms are introduced and accepted as truth without fully exploring what such phenomena really mean to the members of that community. This research uses ethnomethodology, a method of inquiry which concentrates on the members’ methods to understand how they make meaning of their work environment through their daily practices.  This research applies a documentary approach to lecturing, to see it as a document of accomplishment. It also draws on the method of conversation analysis (CA) and examines discussions with academic members of two post 1992 universities, which are seen to be the most affected by the neoliberal phenomena mentioned.  This is to understand how they accomplish their performance of being an academic. Evidence from this research shows that performativity (Lyotard 1984) causes misunderstandings of purpose, and marketized approaches have increased assymetries in student-academic interactions.

Biographies

Btissam Aboubichr is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the School of Marketing and Management at Coventry University. Her research interests are in the area of organisational behaviour, human resource management, employee well-being and the management of higher education. She is particularly interested in the critical analysis of the way human resource management practices can act as a catalyst for unethical behaviour at work. Overall, the aim of her research is to promote ethical and responsible approaches to management and organisational practices. Btissam is an academic member of the CIPD and acts as a committee member for the CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes branch.

Caroline Bolam has worked at the University of Westminster since 2013 after starting lecturing in 2009.  Prior to doing academic work she gained considerable experience working in Human Resource Management in both the public and private sector, building up expertise in resourcing, employee relations and also learning and development. She is a full member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development). Caroline completed her PhD in 2019.  Her research interests are in studying the role of social interaction in the workplace, with a special interest in how this shapes educational settings.

SCOS Update June 2019

SCOSSY Things

SCOS Conferences the social and intellectual (in that order???) even of the year!

SCOS 2019 in York is now closed for registration because all the places have been taken! This is great, as long as you have already booked. it should be a spookily good event!

If you haven’t managed to book then there’s some consolation – the dates for SCOS 2020 are 6-9 July in Copenhagen, so keep those dates free.

SCOS Board

Would you like to join the SCOS Board? It’s fun, it’s a great community of colleagues, and without the Board to organize and co-ordinate our activities SCOS wouldn’t exist. (That’s not to minimize everyone else’s contributions – without your papers and articles and ideas it wouldn’t exist either). We have two positions that will be vacant from July 2020: the position of Board Secretary and Website Officer. If you are interested in either of those and want to know more, do contact Ann-marie Greene (who is currently Board Secretary but is taking over the Chair role in July) (ag485@leicester.ac.uk) or Scott Lawley (currently the Website officer but giving that up in order to take on a more direct role with Culture and Organization) (scott.lawley@ntu.ac.uk). Ann-marie will be contacting everyone with more details about how to nominate someone (yourself or other) and the voting procedures.

SCOS BOOK

The long awaited SCOS book will be launched in York and all delegates will have a copy in their conference bag. There will be e-books available too, so the next newsletter should tell you how to access it, costs etc.

Very interesting event for anyone interested in arts based methodologies (but very, very short notice)

The Visual & Embodied Methodolgies network (VEM):

 at KCL is organising its first workshop on 3-4 June 2019,  at the Exchange (Bush House, London) on the use of visual, embodied and art-based methodologies in the study of violence, conflict and marginalisation in/from the Global South.

The VEM Workshop: 3-4 June 2019

This two-day workshop, organised by Negar Behzadi, with  Drs Jelke Boesten, Rachel Kerr, Pablo de Orellana, Henri Redwood, and Prof Cathy McIlwaine gathers around 20 scholars from within and outside of King’s College (in international development, geography, anthropology, philosophy, area studies, migration studies). We are delighted to have a series of great guest speakers who have accepted our invitation – including  Prof Sophie Harman (Keynote speaker and producer of the film Pili), Dr Lars Waldorf & Dr Sofie Narbed (on the use of dance-research), Dr Olivera Simic (on film in war contexts),  Dr Camilla Morelli (on animation with indigenous youth), Dr Choman Hardi (poetry): (see programme attached). The other presenters will be coming from various departments at King’s College London to share their experience with film making, collaboration with artists, photography, theatre, sculpture. Some of the artists who have participated in research-art collaborations will also lead these discussions.

The events will all take place at the Exchange, Bush House, and will  include:

•    Presentations by scholars and artists

•    Kenote by Prof Sophie Harman: 3 June, 11am

•    A poetry reading by Dr Chorman Hardi followed by a reception: 3 June, 6pm

•    A Contact Improvisation Workshop by Mark Rietema: 4 June, 10 am (all welcome)

•    Links: for the workshop, for the poetry reading (with the link to the eventbrite for the poetry reading)

Please register to attend both the workshop and the poetry reading:

•    by signing up on the eventbrite for the poetry reading

•    by writing an email to vem@kcl.ac.uk  to attend the workshop (please note that number of places are limited)

That all at the moment – hope to see you in York.

Christina Schwabenland

Membership secretary