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SCOS Update June 2018

Dear SCOSsers

Do not adjust your email settings, this month’s e-mail will have to serve for May as well, when many of you will have received a message from me regarding GDPR but not a conventional update. Our mailing list is now somewhat smaller than it was, but all the details are up-to-date! I will also take this opportunity to let you know that I will be passing the membership secretary baton on to Christina Schwabenland in July, but I’ll still be around looking after the funds in taking over from Jeroen as treasurer. If you haven’t looked at the SCOS website http://www.scos.org in a while, you might also want to take a peek now and then over the coming months as the SCOS board have been collecting lots of interesting reflections from SCOS members to delight and inspire you. There are also several editions of early SCOS newsletters and copies of the more recent ones should you want to check up on our past correspondence!
In this month’s message there are three lovely items
Item 1 CMS Call for sub-theme proposals
Item 2 SCOS Special Events Fund opening soon!
Item 3 CfP Dissensus! Radical Democracy and Business Ethics, JBE, reminder that extended deadline is 1st July
Item 4 Researching Management, Organisations and Leadership across Languages workshop
Best
Laura 🐉🔆
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Item 1 – CMS Call for sub-theme Proposals

The 11th International Critical Management Conference

 

PRECARIOUS PRESENTS, OPEN FUTURES

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

27th – 29th June 2019

 

CALL FOR SUB-THEME PROPOSALS

 

The Department for People and Organisations at the Open University Business School, in collaboration with VIDA, the Critical Management Studies Association, will host the International CMS conference in 2019 around the theme of ‘Precarious Presents, Open Futures’. This theme invites theoretical and empirical analysis of what it means for societies and organizations to be ‘open’ in the 21st century, what currently constitutes radical political, economic, cultural, historical and ethical openness, and how this openness is under attack from renewed discourses of individualized privilege and closure as well as physical violence.

It was once claimed that the new millennium would mark the ‘end of history’, characterized by the permanent victory of the free market and liberal democracy anticipated by neo-liberalism. Yet these triumphant visions have been profoundly challenged by the global financial crisis and the growing populist demand for radical change across the ideological spectrum. Rising inequality and the growth of the precarious economy, marked by zero hour contracts and other unstable and insecure working arrangements, have meant that for many, modern working life is tainted by material insecurity and psychological anxiety. Faith in democracy is being abused by the spread of oligarchy and the troubling return of nativism, racism and nationalism. Our identities are threatened in a present where personal data are routinely harvested and exploited, as exemplified by many recent scandals. And all of these concerns are exacerbated by fear of a hi-tech, automated, dystopian future of mass unemployment.

Still, these uncertainties may also prove to be the catalyst for creating new opportunities to profoundly reshape and reorganize our economies, politics and societies. Neoliberalist assumptions, once held sacred, are now threatened by new ideas, such as a universal basic income, while seemingly entrenched elites may be at risk. ‘Industry 4.0’ – a potentially unholy mix of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cyber-physical systems, predicted to revolutionize manufacturing – is a very daunting possibility. However, it might be supplemented, dramatically transformed, even supplanted by ideas of ‘democracy 4.0’ and ‘development 4.0’. Perhaps we can reimagine contemporary management thinking and organizations so that they are as radically ‘empowering’ as they are ‘smart’, challenging dominant interwoven paradigms based on patriarchy, racism, ethnic discrimination, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and colonialism.

For these reasons, it is more urgent than ever to ask: who is influencing these new histories and how do, and can, critical management academics participate in them? How can they be further democratized and owned by the many rather than the elite few, the 99% and not the 1%? In the western world, developments like the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, and Theresa May’s ‘confidence and supply’ agreement with the Irish Democratic Unionist Party reveal a distinct politics of closure and exclusion in regard to geographic borders, ‘facts’ and hard-won progress around expanding social inclusion. On the other hand, in the southern hemisphere the election of Jacinda Ardern, a committed feminist who is passionate about the eradication of child poverty and homelessness, calls for a questioning of taken for granted, western-centric approaches to politics as well as an amplification of New Zealand’s voice on the global stage.

At stake, then, is a resurgent need to radically reconceive the meanings and practices associated with openness. It is also vital that we critically assess how and in what ways they might actually be(come) open, rather than simply giving the appearance of openness. Open source creation, collaboration and information are recalibrating the potential for personal and collective interactions and knowledge sharing across the globe. In short, then, how can participants in CMS contribute to transforming our precarious presents into possibilities for genuinely open futures?

For the 2019 conference, we therefore invite stream and workshop proposals from diverse disciplines as well as interdisciplinary proposals which critically unpack new concepts including – but not limited to – digital inclusion, decolonizing data management, trans-human management, alternative human-animal relations, open source organizations, virtual progress, global solidarity and mobile organizing. These concepts (and many others) allow for an exploration of how technologies and emerging forms of organization can subvert established identities, and open the space for new and marginalized voices to shape our presents and futures. We are also interested in proposals, again from diverse disciplines within and without the field of management studies, that engage with the contemporary production and organization of knowledge – specifically its openness to alternative perspectives and traditionally marginalized voices – as well as how emerging techniques and technologies associated with ‘open information’ are reinforcing old or fostering new forms of ideological and social closure.  Proposals which engage with the broader sociopolitical, economic and technological changes outlined above and how CMS can respond to them in order to help shape more open societies are equally welcome. These would require reflection on our own role as researchers, educators and intellectual activists, as well as the (changing) role of universities in producing both closures and openness in the contemporary context. Just as importantly, we are committed to ‘opening up’ how a conference is organized and managed, creating collaborative spaces for constructive knowledge sharing between academics, activists, practitioners, artists and policy makers, inter alia. These could include activist-led ‘unstreams’ or ‘noworkshops’, performances, art sharing sessions and interactive installations involving virtual technology and mobile games.

Proposals should include an outline of the proposed sub-theme (500-750 words), as well as a short description of the team of convenors, including their backgrounds and experience. Ideally, convenors for streams will be drawn from different continents and disciplines, and be gender-balanced. We would also like to encourage the inclusion of early-career academics and Doctoral students as part of convener teams. We expect most of the submissions to be linked with the overall conference theme, but other submissions are welcome as long as they are likely to appeal to the wider CMS community and beyond. We are keen to encourage proposals from the range of management studies disciplines (accounting and finance, human resource management, industrial relations, marketing and consumption, organization studies, international business, etc.) and related disciplines including – but not limited to – sociology, human geography, cultural studies, anthropology and psychology. Cross-/multi-/interdisciplinary proposals are very much encouraged.

Please note that we will apply the principle of progressive stacking in the event that we receive more proposals than we can accommodate for the conference. This approach means that convenor teams including members of non-dominant gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, age, ability and regional groupings will be given priority over other teams whose proposals are deemed to be of an equally high standard.

The deadline for submission of sub-theme proposals is 1st September 2018. Please send these to the local organizing committee at OUBS-CMS2019@open.ac.uk. Convenors will be notified by 29th September 2018 of the outcome of their submissions. Any questions can be directed to the same email address.


 

Item 2 – SCOS Special Events Fund
Keep your eyes peeled for July’s member’s mailing when we will be launching the SCOS Special events fund to support activities of a SCOSsy nature outside of the conferences. Applications will be expected to outline how the event is in keeping with the nature of SCOS ‘Serious Fun’, and can be for all sorts of events, from workshops to film-making. Awards of between £500 and £2000 will be available, and the first deadline for applications will be in October.

Item 3 –

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 1ST

Apologies for cross-postings

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics

DISSENSUS! RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND BUSINESS ETHICS

GUEST EDITORS:

Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. carl.rhodes@uts.edu.au

Iain Munro, Newcastle University, UK. iain.munro@ncl.ac.uk

Torkild Thanem, Stockholm University, Sweden. tt@sbs.su.se

Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia. alison.pullen@mq.edu.au

INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE

In an era of prolonged financial crisis, political instability and worldwide injustice, the economic and ethical legitimacy of corporate power requires continued challenge. Scandal after scandal has revealed corporations showing little regard for the institutions of liberal democracy. Whether it be tax evasion, law breaking, political lobbying or outright corruption, corporations are content to flout notions of justice, equality and freedom in an escalating pursuit of profit (see Barkan 2013; Brown 2015). Liberal democracy promises opportunity and inclusion, yet democratic states are complicit in strengthening the power of the corporations they glorify as wealth creators and job securers. In ‘post-democracy’ (Crouch, 2004) politics revolves around the conflated interests of corporations and politicians, reinforcing injustice and inequality on a global scale and resulting in poverty, torture, trafficking, imprisonment, and death.

This special issue will investigate and challenge this state of affairs by exploring business ethics as it relates to ‘radical democracy’ (Mouffe, 1996; Robbins, 2011). This is democracy conceived as an ethical alternative to the potent marriage of the liberal democratic state and corporate power. As Rancière (2015) explains, the political dissensus required for democracy bears witness to marginalized voices excluded from the prevailing status quo. Such dissensus also enacts a particular ethics rested in the radical questioning and subversion of the totalizing tendencies of power. In response to what Ziarek (2001) has called ‘the ethics of dissensus’, the political task is to fight against the powers, injustices and inequalities that affect people not just politically, but also materially. This ethics goes beyond the questioning of corporate power, and projects us towards trajectories where people already live and work independently of the corporate-government complex. The ethics and politics of dissensus becomes the radically democratic alternative, directed towards sustainable futures at the level of life itself.

POSSIBLE THEMES AND TOPICS

Papers are called for which explore the ethics and politics of radical democracy as it manifests in dissensus and the subversion of corporate power by alternative democratic practices and realities. This is no fantasy, it is witnessed by struggles in domains as diverse as environmentalism, agriculture, affective labour, domestic work, craftwork, art, and the hacker ethic of the open source community. Acknowledging that contemporary politics have created an inverse relationship between corporate power and democracy, we seek to consider the character of this inversion, how it has been resisted, and the alternatives to it.

We do not just ask whether democratic alternatives to the liberalistic reign of corporations, markets and corporate governments are possible, but how they are and can be realized. Required is a profound ethico-political engagement; a struggle that moves from critique, to resistance, to alternative realities. This evokes, in Spivak’s (1993) words, an ‘impossible intimacy of the ethical’ that strives for a genuine respect of the value of difference. Such intimacy can also invoke a politically aware and democratic business ethics built on the potential of dissent, alterity and critique as a means of refusing hegemony of all types.

Papers might consider, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

•              The effects of Free Trade Agreements and trade wars on democracy.

•              Spaces, places and strategies for ethicso-political democratic dissent.

•              The politics, ethics and aesthetics of dissensus, through feminism and critical race theory.

•              The ethico-political struggle for alternative ways of life, work and organization in the context of global and nationalist capitalism.

•              Alternative economies and the subversion of free market liberalism.

•              The development of a heterodox management studies to better imagine alternatives within the field of management studies.

•              The ‘depoliticization’ of theory and academic work more generally

•              The praxis, organization and effectiveness of anti-corporate movements.

•              Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility as anti-democratic forms of corporate consensus.

•              Inequality, difference and class struggle.

•              Critiques of corporate sovereignty, justice and dissent.

•              Tensions between the materiality of democracy, neoliberal rationality and neoconservative ideology.

SUBMISSION PROCESS AND DEADLINE

Authors should refer to the Journal of Business Ethics website for instructions on submitting a paper and for more information about the journal: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10551. Submission to the special issue by 1 July 2018 is required through Editorial Manager at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/busi/. Upon submission, please indicate that your sub- mission is to this Special Issue. Questions about potential topics and papers should be directed to the guest editors.

REFERENCES

Barkan, J. (2013) Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government Under Capitalism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Brown, W. (2015) Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, New York: Zone Books.

Crouch, C. (2004) Post-Democracy, Cambridge: Polity.

Mouffe, C. (1996) Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community. London: Verso.

Rancière, J. (2015) Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, London: Continuum

Robbins, J. W. (2011) Radical Democracy and Political Theology, New York: Columbia.

Spivak , G. (1993) Outside the Teaching Machine, London: Routeldge.

Ziarek, E. P. (2001) Postmodernity, Feminism and the Politics of Radical Democracy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.


Researching Management, Organisations and Leadership across Languages
3rd September 2018
BAM 2018 @ Bristol Business School, UWE
Are you a PhD student or an Early-Career researcher interested in and/or doing research that involves working across cultures and languages? Then you are warmly invited to this 1-day pre British Academy of Management development workshop! Register by emailing doris.schedlitzki@uwe.ac.uk to secure your place at this free event.
Aim:
This 1-day development workshop works with ideas originally published in Schedlitzki et al.’s (2017) call for a refocused research agenda for cultural leadership studies. We argued in this review of cultural leadership research that the field is still dominated by etic, cross-cultural research, limiting our current insight into cultural and linguistic multiplicity, power dynamics and paradoxes. Steyaert and Janssens (2013) have previously highlighted that the management field has failed to acknowledge the issue of linguistic multiplicity and added that the fields of leadership – and management – need to adopt conceptual and methodological approaches that embrace cultural and linguistic multiplicity (Schedlitzki et al., 2017). This 1-day development workshop therefore focuses on the complexities of researching leadership, management and organisations across languages and aims to develop PhD and early career researchers’ knowledge of and ability to apply emic, constructionist approaches to researching these fields that are linguistically and culturally sensitive.
During this development workshop, PhD and early career researchers will be able to work on areas such as:
  • Becoming inventive in multilingual work in management, organisation and leadership studies
  • Being more imaginative and experimental in ways of researching that include languages and language differences
  • Becoming reflexive and reflective when using English for publication purposes
  • Seeing language as heterogeneous, political and powerful
  • Investigating how researchers might represent people in the translation process
  • Illuminating processes of communication and power dynamics in empirical material and analysis
  • The peculiarities and specificities of publishing in different languages
  • Considering the cultural and linguistic relevance of management, organisation and leadership in differing languages
  • Enhancing understanding of cultural and language multiplicity
  • Promoting ‘local’ management, organisation and leadership research
  • Exploring negative repercussions of overlooking language in research
  • Exploring methodological approaches and data collection methods in studying management, organisations and leadership across differing languages
  • Uncovering marginalized linguistically meaningful organizational concepts
This will be facilitated through a variety of different activities on the day:
  • An Opening Address will help to set the scene and explore some of the key conceptual and methodological complexities when researching across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
  • Roundtable sessions will give participants the opportunity to present and discuss a particular aspect or issue from their own research. Peer feedback and feedback from established academics will encourage development opportunities.
  • Technique workshops will help participants to develop hands-on skills in aspects of the complexity of researching across languages.
  • Open space workshops focussed on a particular topic (such as translation issues) will be facilitated by established academics and aim to support participants through unique insights into opportunities and challenges in researching and publishing research in this area of business and management.
  • A ‘meet the editors’ session will help participants to gain a better understanding of potential publication routes for their research.
  • The collaborative nature of the event therefore also represents networking opportunities with peers and established researchers in the fields.
Programme Outline
9.00-9.30: Arrival, registration and coffee
9.30-10.30: Opening Address
10.30-10.45: Break
10.45-12.15: Roundtable discussions
12.15-13.15: Lunch
13.15-14.15: Technique workshops
14.15-14.30: Break
14.30-15.30: Open Space workshops
15.30-15.45: Break
15.45-16.30: Meet the Editors Session
16.30-17.00: Final Networking and coffee/drinks
Register now:
Please email: doris.schedlitzki@uwe.ac.uk by the 31st May 2018 to register and secure a place.
Once registered, we invite you to submit a 300 word outline of the issue/aspect of research that you would like to explore and discuss during the roundtable session.
PhD students may apply for small bursaries that can be used to contribute to travel or accommodation (specifics to follow).
KEY WORKSHOP INFORMATION
Organisers:
Please refer all initial queries regarding the conference Dr Doris Schedlitzki:
Dr Doris Schedlitzki – Doris.schedlitzki@uwe.ac.uk
Co-organisers:
Dr Hugo Gaggiotti – hugo.gaggiotti@uwe.ac.uk
Dr Gareth Edwards – Gareth3.edwards@uwe.ac.uk
Venue:
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane, Bristol
BS16 1QY, United Kingdom

SCOS Update April 2018

Dear Scossers,

A note to try to lighten the weight of your day today with dragon-like fantasies may be somewhat tarnished by the bureaucratic requirement of organisational compliance in item 1. Nonetheless, please make sure you get in touch to keep receiving the newsletter. Our other items should fit more closely with your aesthetic, symbolic and future imaginaries. Take a look!

Item 1 –  GDPR and SCOS – get in touch to stay in or opt out of the newsletter!

Item 2 – Call For Papers –  the 9th Making Projects Critical Workshop

Item 3 – Call for Sub-theme proposals CMS 2019

Item 4 – Still accepting submissions to C&O Special Issue on ‘Carne’

Item 5 – Senior Lecturer vacancy at UWE

Best

Laura


Item 1: GDPR and SCOS

Dear SCOS members

as many of you will know, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new legal requirement coming into effect in the UK next month based on EU law to protect citizen’s information. As an unincorporated association without paid employees, SCOS doesn’t fall into the majority of the categories affected by the most substantial audit and record-keeping requirements. However, as many of the board members are employees of university systems and these are the systems we use to store information and communicate with each other we are beholden to university practices. As member secretary it also seems to me a timely opportunity to communicate with you about the way in which we collect and manage members information.

What personal data do we have on members?

We hold information on member’s names, e-mail addresses, institutional affiliation or company, and (where provided) job title, country of residence and joining date. Conference organisers also collect information specific to participants and attendees of the conference such as postal addresses, contact details, payment information and dietary requirements.

Who can access this information?

Member information is accessible to the board members. A full list of board members and positions is available on our website http://www.scos.org/scos-board/ where you can also find our constitution which outlines the roles and electoral process in more detail. Members can request to find out what information is held about them (and request corrections!) by getting in touch with the membership secretary or relevant conference organisers.

What is this data used for?

Membership information is used to promote communications and connections between SCOS members on the interlinked issues of organizational symbolism, culture and change, and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings of organisation and management. Communications are sent (approximately) monthly through the newsletter and are duplicated on social media platforms. Data collected by conference organisers is passed to the SCOS board annually so we can add new members to the newsletter mailing list and also passed on to the publishers of the journal Culture & Organisation in order to manage paper subscriptions and e-subscriptions to the journal. 

Changes in practice

In line with the GDPR changes, I need to have a record of opted-in consent from members to hold and process your data. As membership secretary I will review these records following the conference and will be making it easier for you to opt-out of further communications and withdraw from membership by adding a clear unsubscribe link to the newsletter.

What do I need to do?

  • If you still want to receive the regular newsletter and be registered as a SCOS member, send an email reply to the membership secretary with the clear subject ‘remain a member’ 
  • If you definitely want to be removed from our list of members and would like to unsubscribe from the newsletter send an email reply to the membership secretary with the clear subject ‘unsubscribe‘.

Reminders will be sent to members from whom I have not had a response until late May after which time those members on the list who have not responded will be removed from the current membership list.


Item 2 Call For Papers –  the 9th Making Projects Critical Workshop

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 9th Making Projects Critical Workshop, to be held at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden, on Jan 17-18, 2019.

“Making Projects Critical” is the title of series of international workshops intended to provide a forum for research from a wide range of critical perspectives relating to all aspects of projects, including project management, project based organising and the ‘projectification’ of society. Such critique finds inspiration in the writings of a range of authors, drawing, among others, on Labour Process Theory, Critical Theory, Actor Network Theory (and post-ANT), STS, sociomateriality, critical environmentalism, feminism, postmodernism, moral-philosophical pedagogy and other traditions broadly related to Critical Management Studies.

Through the workshop, we hope to highlight and, where possible, remedy the theoretical and methodological limitations of traditional conceptions of projects and project management. In particular, the intention is to draw upon wider intellectual resources than the instrumental rationality, quantitative and positivist methodologies and technicist solutions, which have been used traditionally to understand, implement and control organisational projects, and to reflect on the implications of alternative perspectives for project management practice.

For the MPC9 we especially invite papers that address one or several of the following themes:

  • Projects in non-traditional project settings: Which tensions occur when projects are implemented and carried out in settings where projects are deployed as support activities rather than constituting the core business? How is resistance manifested and how does power shift in such organisations when projects are deployed? Which discursive strategies are employed to deal with dysfunctionalities?

  • Projects and digitalisation: How are projects, project work and project management digitalised and how may this be understood from a critical theoretical perspective? What happens to project members as possibilities of monitoring them increase? Which are the new “digital divides” that digital project work creates? How do project workers collaborate with digital co-workers? Are digitalization efforts carried out through projects and with which consequences?

  • Projects and space: How is project work spatially situated and which are the consequences of this for the distribution of power? What does the emergence of collaborative spaces of various kinds (coworking spaces, fablabs, activity-based offices, etc) mean for project work? does the projectification of society enable the emergence of new workplaces? How does project work affect the relation to the “workplace”, whatever this may be (for instance in the case of nomadic workers)?

  • Critical projects: How are subversive, norm critical/creative and revolutionary projects managed? How do projects with objectives relating to gender, ethnicity, equality, sustainability and social innovation unfold? Which barriers and pitfalls do they encounter and how may this be related to their form, the role of stakeholders or the practices that develop in and through them?

We also invite papers that broadly address the themes typical of the critical project management tradition, for example: power, domination, resistance and emancipation in project work; dysfunctional project rationalities; projectification and de-projectification; dialectics, disruption, revolution and reformation in and through projects; tensions between standardization and creativity in project organisations; and ethics and moral responsibility within projects.

Papers may draw on ethnographies, case studies or the study of discourses but may also be in the form of conceptualisations or theoretical discussions.

Extended abstracts (2-3 pages including references) required by September 1st 2018. Please send all submissions via e-mail to MPC9@mdh.se with “MPC9 abstract” in the subject header.

For more information and the Call For Papers, please see the workshop webpage: http://www.mdh.se/forskning/event/2.5058


Item 3 – CMS 2019 Call for sub-theme proposals

The 11th International Conference in Critical Management Studies

 

PRECARIOUS PRESENTS, OPEN FUTURES

Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

27th – 29th June 2019

 

CALL FOR SUB-THEME PROPOSALS

 

The Department for People and Organisations, in collaboration with VIDA, the Critical Management Studies Association, will host the International CMS conference in 2019 around the theme of ‘Precarious Presents, Open Futures’. This theme invites theoretical and empirical analysis of what it means for societies and organizations to be ‘open’ in the 21st century, what currently constitutes radical political, economic, historical and ethical openness, and how this openness is under attack from renewed discourses of individualized privilege and closure.

 

It was once claimed that the new millennium would mark the ‘end of history’, characterized by the permanent victory of the free market and liberal democracy. Yet these triumphant visions have been profoundly challenged by the global financial crisis and the growing populist demand for radical change across the ideological spectrum. Rising inequality and the growth of the precarious economy, marked by zero hour contracts and other unstable and insecure working arrangements, have meant that, for many, modern working life is tainted by material insecurity and psychological anxiety. Faith in democracy is being upturned by the spread of oligarchy and the troubling return of nativism, racism and nationalism. Our very identities are threatened in a present where personal data are routinely harvested and exploited, as exemplified by many recent scandals. And all of these concerns are exacerbated by fear of a hi-tech, automated, dystopian future of mass unemployment.

 

Still, these uncertainties may also prove to be the catalyst for creating new opportunities to profoundly reshape and reorganize our economies, politics and societies. Once sacred neoliberalist assumptions are now threatened by new ideas, like a universal basic income, while seemingly entrenched elites may be at risk. ‘Industry 4.0’ – a potentially unholy mix of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cyber-physical systems, which is predicted to revolutionize manufacturing – is a very daunting possibility. However, it might be supplemented, dramatically transformed, even supplanted by ideas of ‘democracy 4.0’ and ‘development 4.0’. Perhaps we can completely reimagine contemporary management thinking and organizations so that they are as radically ‘empowering’ as they are ‘smart’, challenging dominant paradigms based on patriarchy, racism and ethnic discrimination, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and colonialism.

 

For these reasons, it is more urgent than ever to ask: who is influencing these new histories? How can they be further democratized and owned by the many rather than the elite few, the 99% and not the 1%? Such concerns are especially significant as developments like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump reveal a distinct politics of closure and exclusion in regard to geographic borders, ‘facts’ and hard-won progress around expanding social inclusion. At the same time, open source creation, collaboration and information are recalibrating the potential for personal and collective interactions and knowledge sharing across the globe. At stake, therefore, is a resurgent need to radically reconceive the meanings and practices associated with openness. It is also vital that we critically assess how and in what ways they might actually be(come) open, rather than simply giving the appearance of openness.   In short, then, how can CMS contribute to transforming our precarious presents into possibilities for genuinely open futures?

 

For the 2019 conference, we therefore invite stream and workshop proposals which critically unpack new concepts including – but not limited to – digital inclusion, decolonizing data management, trans-human management, alternative human-animal relations, open source organizations, virtual progress, glocal solidarity and mobile organizing. These concepts (and many others) allow for an exploration of how technologies and emerging forms of organization can subvert established identities, and open the space for new and marginalized voices to shape our presents and futures. We are also interested in proposals that engage with the contemporary production and organization of knowledge – specifically its openness to alternative perspectives and traditionally marginalized voices – as well as how emerging techniques and technologies associated with ‘open information’ are reinforcing old or fostering new forms of ideological and social closure.  Proposals which engage with the broader sociopolitical, economic and technological changes outlined above and how CMS can respond to them in order to help shape more open societies are equally welcome. These would require reflection on our own role as researchers, educators and ‘intellectual activists’, as well as the (changing) role of universities in producing both closures and openness in the contemporary context. Just as importantly, we are committed to ‘opening up’ how a conference is organized and managed, creating collaborative spaces for constructive knowledge sharing between academics, activists, practitioners, artists and policy makers, inter alia. These could include activist led ‘unstreams’ or ‘noworkshops’, performances, art sharing sessions and interactive installations involving virtual technology and mobile games.

 

Proposals should include an outline of the proposed sub-theme (500-750 words), as well as a short description of the team of convenors, including their backgrounds and experience. We expect most of the submissions to be linked with the overall conference theme, but other submissions are welcome as long as they are likely to appeal to the wider CMS community. We particularly seek proposals from convenor teams that are international in their composition; and are keen to encourage proposals from the range of management studies disciplines (accounting and finance, human resource management, industrial relations, marketing and consumption, organization studies, international business, etc.) and related disciplines including – but not limited to – sociology, human geography, cultural studies, anthropology and psychology. Cross-,multi-/ interdisciplinary proposals are also very much encouraged.

 

Please note that we will apply the principle of progressive stacking in the event that  we receive more proposals than we can accommodate for the conference. This approach means that convenor teams including members of non-dominant gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, age, ability and regional groupings will be given priority over other teams whose proposals are deemed to be of an equally high standard.

 

The deadline for submission of sub-theme proposals is 1st September 2018. Please send these to the local organizing committee at OUBS-CMS2019@open.ac.uk. Convenors will be notified by 29th  September 2018 of the outcome of their submissions. Any questions can be directed to the same email address.


Item 4 – C&O CfP ‘Carne’ – it’s meaty business!

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

“Flesh, we believe – more than bodies – is at stake in our posthuman times, in the sense that it is flesh that is subject to increased control either in the laboratory or the marketplace and is caught up in processes of modification that seek to master and profit from it.” (Diamanti et al., 2009, 4)

This call for papers takes off from the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly – auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory – activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth “the important secrets of the flesh” (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.

Cherríe Moraga (2015, 19), on the other hand, identifies a theory in the flesh as “one where the physical realities of our lives – our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings – all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity”. In a very different feminist analysis, Judith Butler (1990, 96, 33) defines gender as the “styles of the flesh” which “congeal over time”; whereas Vicki Kirby (1997) takes her and other feminist poststructuralists to task in Telling Flesh for their overstatement of the cultural inscription of the body, and argues that “once you are seriously displacing the nature/language opposition, you have to be arguing that nature, far from being written on, and insofar as it cannot be said to ‘lack language’, ‘must be articulate’ (page 90).

Elspeth Probyn (2001), on the other hand, provides a dazzling array of ways to understand skin both materially, metonymically and metaphorically – it protects and is vulnerable, it can be bruised and breached, it is porous, it expands and retracts, it devours and is devoured, it has colour, texture and sensation.

Organization studies scholars have, nonetheless, perhaps been somewhat neglectful of flesh in our various endeavours; whilst for the last three decades or so we have paid a great deal of attention to the body, we have largely overlooked flesh. Yet, as our opening epigraph implies, flesh can be connected to organization/s and organizing in manifold different ways. Possible contributions to this special issue could therefore include but are certainly not limited to:

  • The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research.  Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) … and so on.

This list is intended to be indicative only.  Innovative interpretations of the call are encouraged.  With its long tradition of inter-disciplinary approaches, C&O invites papers that draw insights and approaches from across a range of social sciences and humanities.  In addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies. We also welcome papers from any disciplinary, paradigmatic or methodological perspective as long as they directly address the theme of flesh and organization.  

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

The editorial team for this special issue are: Ilaria Boncori (University of Essex), Jo Brewis (University of Leicester), Luigi Maria Sicca (University of Naples) and Charlie Smith (University of Leicester).

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 25, Issue 4) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the editors of this issue.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current. Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions.  They can be reached via e-mail at: scosxxxv@gmail.com.

References

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.

Foucault, Michel. 1977. “Power and Sex.” Telos 32: 152-161.

Hart, Lynda. 1998. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. Columbia University Press: New York.

Kirby, Vicki. 1997. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. New York: Routledge.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Moraga, Cherríe. 2015. “Introduction. Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, fourth edition, 19. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Probyn, Elspeth. 2001. “Eating Skin.” In Thinking Through the Skin, edited by Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, 87-103. London: Routledge.

Strati, Antonio. 2007. “Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning.” Management Learning 38 (1): 61-77.


Item 5 – Vacancy at UWE

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies (Leadership and Change)

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BJA464/senior-lecturer-in-organisation-studies-leadership-and-change/

The Department of Business and Management, based in UWE’s Bristol Business School, comprises four subject clusters. The Organisation Studies (OS) cluster is currently looking to recruit a Senior Lecturer in the areas of Leadership and Change.

The OS subject cluster has 34 permanent members of academic staff, including 3 professors, 4 associate professors and a number of Associate Lecturers. In addition to Leadership and Change, the cluster also covers Organisational Behaviour, Coaching and Mentoring at PG/UG and ILM 5 and ILM 7.

The OS cluster includes coaching and most academic input into innovative UG Team Entrepreneurship and the PG Applied Entrepreneurship programme.

Colleagues in OS also contribute to teaching across the range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Business and Law alongside a range of practice-based programmes and bespoke offerings.

We are looking for a candidate to increase our capacity in the areas of Leadership and Change. Successful applicants will join a thriving community of academics engaged in a broad range of research and scholarly activities across these areas with many colleagues actively participating in The Bristol Centre for Leadership and Change.

At senior lecturer level, you will actively lead and participate in the design, development and assessment of module(s), and take overall responsibility for the academic health and currency of the module(s)/programme and perform a visible leadership role in relation to the teaching team.

Anyone interested in this Bristol Business School vacancy please get in touch with Peter Case, email: Peter.Case@uwe.ac.uk and mobile: +44 (0)7896 281408

SCOS Update March 2018

Dear Scossers

We have a number of lovely items for you as the turning of the vernal equinox here in the northern hemisphere begins to melt us out of our saurian style hibernation. For those in the southern hemisphere I hope such juicy fragments might sustain you through darkening days (whether sunshine or cricket-related).

Our first item recalls ancient history, as the flesh of Venus Victrix, luscious and appealing promotes a dehumanised fleshy idea to admire, conquer and dismember – Canova’s hard marble apple reminds us of the implacable destructive consequences following an impassioned choice. Perhaps these consequences were felt as equally by the husband of Pauline Bonaparte as by the inhabitants of Troy, we can only speculate. Have you felt the fleshy urge to submit a paper to the C&O special issue on Carne and now face the hard resistant marble of organisational commitments? We would induce you to face the intervention of Eristake a bite of inspiration and follow your desires…

Our second item questions the meaning of outreach and engagement by thinking about what it might mean to truly include Others. To what degree is reaching out a limited symbolic gesture which effects much less than it implies? This workshop is a Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) event and may be of particular interest to scossers working on or with the creative and performance industries.

Our third item promotes creative and alternative perspectives on the constitution of knowledge, and on what that might mean for research undertaken collaboratively with communities. This summer school may be of particular interest to PhD candidates.

Our fourth item reminds you of our digital world, which may seem like a ghostly presence compared to the bodily experience of the annual conference, but which is a very real gate into the SCOS garden to those who have not yet heard of SCOS or who are unable to participate in the conference in person. We would like to continue to encourage you to help plant some flowers there in the form of digital content.

Best Wishes

Laura


Item 1 C&O CfP ‘Carne’

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

“Flesh, we believe – more than bodies – is at stake in our posthuman times, in the sense that it is flesh that is subject to increased control either in the laboratory or the marketplace and is caught up in processes of modification that seek to master and profit from it.” (Diamanti et al., 2009, 4)

This call for papers takes off from the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly – auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory – activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth “the important secrets of the flesh” (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.

Cherríe Moraga (2015, 19), on the other hand, identifies a theory in the flesh as “one where the physical realities of our lives – our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings – all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity”. In a very different feminist analysis, Judith Butler (1990, 96, 33) defines gender as the “styles of the flesh” which “congeal over time”; whereas Vicki Kirby (1997) takes her and other feminist poststructuralists to task in Telling Flesh for their overstatement of the cultural inscription of the body, and argues that “once you are seriously displacing the nature/language opposition, you have to be arguing that nature, far from being written on, and insofar as it cannot be said to ‘lack language’, ‘must be articulate’ (page 90).

Elspeth Probyn (2001), on the other hand, provides a dazzling array of ways to understand skin both materially, metonymically and metaphorically – it protects and is vulnerable, it can be bruised and breached, it is porous, it expands and retracts, it devours and is devoured, it has colour, texture and sensation.

Organization studies scholars have, nonetheless, perhaps been somewhat neglectful of flesh in our various endeavours; whilst for the last three decades or so we have paid a great deal of attention to the body, we have largely overlooked flesh. Yet, as our opening epigraph implies, flesh can be connected to organization/s and organizing in manifold different ways. Possible contributions to this special issue could therefore include but are certainly not limited to:

  • The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research.  Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) … and so on.

This list is intended to be indicative only.  Innovative interpretations of the call are encouraged.  With its long tradition of inter-disciplinary approaches, C&O invites papers that draw insights and approaches from across a range of social sciences and humanities.  In addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies. We also welcome papers from any disciplinary, paradigmatic or methodological perspective as long as they directly address the theme of flesh and organization.  

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

The editorial team for this special issue are: Ilaria Boncori (University of Essex), Jo Brewis (University of Leicester), Luigi Maria Sicca (University of Naples) and Charlie Smith (University of Leicester).

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 25, Issue 4) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the editors of this issue.

 Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current. Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions.  They can be reached via e-mail at: scosxxxv@gmail.com.

References

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.

Foucault, Michel. 1977. “Power and Sex.” Telos 32: 152-161.

Hart, Lynda. 1998. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. Columbia University Press: New York.

Kirby, Vicki. 1997. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. New York: Routledge.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Moraga, Cherríe. 2015. “Introduction. Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, fourth edition, 19. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Probyn, Elspeth. 2001. “Eating Skin.” In Thinking Through the Skin, edited by Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, 87-103. London: Routledge.

Strati, Antonio. 2007. “Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning.” Management Learning 38 (1): 61-77.


Item 2 – TaPRA Workshop

Reaching | Outreaching

Loughborough University London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

9 June 2018 

The language of ‘outreach’ shapes conversation on university and artistic life, from ‘strategic visions’ to arts council applications. But what does it mean to reach out? What is the discourse on outreach as a gesture – an act and effect?

In On Being Included, Sara Ahmed argues that institutional commitments to diversity may be considered “non-performatives”: “they do not bring into effect that which they name” (2012: 119). Institutions run diversity workshops and committees, outreach programmes and ‘participatory’ or ‘inclusive’ agendas, but where does the gesture stop, and where does it begin? How may we understand the choreography and the dramaturgy of institutional outreaching? How can we begin to detour this language so as to rethink the role of the university – and of artistic practice – in public life today? Does the university have a role to play in public life, and what might that be? Does this equate with ‘outreach’? What is the relationship between artistic practice and what may be termed ‘creative research’?

 In this day-long workshop, situated at the Olympic site of the University of Loughborough – a location like many in the ‘expanded university’ today concerned with reaching out to the ‘local community’ – the TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group aims to think together about choreo-geography, gesture, site, institutional politics, affect and the never-ending labour of reaching: we will ask, what does it mean to imagine a cultural and intellectual sphere from which reaching  takes place, but yet which, it seems, is never imagined to be reached towards? What colonial or imperial legacy suggests that intellectual life has for its role to bring knowledge out towards others? What might we learn from being touched in our work by those whose knowledges may not be institutionally recognised? And finally, what might be involved in thinking cultures of proximity, displacement, and spostamento – or centripetal and centrifugal displacement, reciprocal displacement, displacement that comes back to haunt one? How are we implicated in cultivating intellectual and creative spaces and ties that fail again and again to bind, to shift, or perhaps at this stage in the public life of universities – entering full throttle into a wholesale culture of privatization – to query the form of these structures of ‘outreach’ for those whose lives we are meant, in the final analysis, to ‘transform’? If public impact is meant to ‘change’ those our work comes into contact with, how do we analyse and eventually reclaim the dance, the theatre – the dramaturgy – of this contact and this encounter?
The event aims to engage participants in roundtables and curated discussions at the intersection of philosophy and practice. We are calling for reflections and provocations centred (or decentred) on the following themes in relation with theatre and performance:

  • Practices of reaching, discourses of outreach
  • Dissociation, displacement and decentring
  • Dramaturgies and choreographies of distance and proximity
  • Aporetic and porous spaces of co-habitation
  • Institutional choreopolitics
  • Decreation and deproduction; alternative models of capitalism, work and theatricality
  • Gesture, ‘community’ and constitutive alterity
  • Discourses and practices of political and institutional ‘change’
  • Cultures and pedagogies of the sited university
  • Performative (or ‘non-performative’) languages of business, enterprise, innovation and affiliation

 We invite researchers, practitioners and performance curators to submit expressions of interest in the form of proposals for position papers, curated discussions, seminars/reading groups, workshops or performative interventions.

 Postgraduate students, unaffiliated/casualised academics and independent practitioners are especially encouraged to apply, and four travel bursaries of £80 each will be made available (please indicate if you are eligible in your application).

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Please send 250-word proposals and a short bio to Fred Dalmasso (F.T.J.Dalmasso@lboro.ac.uk), Kélina Gotman (kelina.gotman@kcl.ac.uk) and Daniela Perazzo Domm (D.Perazzodomm@kingston.ac.uk) by 20 April 2018. Participants will be notified by 4 May 2018.

 The cost of this workshop is £10 (free for postgraduate students, unaffiliated/casualised academics and independent artists). Participants who are not current members of the Theatre and Performance Research Association will also be required to pay a discounted membership fee of £10.


Item 3 – CASIC Summer School

Second International CASIC Summer School

on Co-production and Community Engagement

7-9 June 2018

Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre – CASIC is pleased to announce its second exciting Summer School which will be taking place in central England at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (7 of June) and Keele University (8-9 of June, 2018).

The Summer School will enlighten, inspire and guide ECRs and students at all stages of scholarly or professional doctorates. It will include the opportunity to experience and work with our interactive digital environment, The Health Cinema and each day will be packed with hands-on sessions addressing six broad topics:

  • Knowledge co-design and co-production
  • Cultural Animation
  • Geopoetics
  • Soundscapes
  • Somatic practice, motion capture and VR technology
  • Collaborative creative analysis

We are offering an early bird price of £260 for bookings received and paid by 30 April. After that date the price will be £300. The cost includes refreshments and lunches and a complimentary copy of Dr Kara’s book on Creative research methods.

For further information contact Liz Riley support.casic@keele.ac.uk

Bursaries Available

We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership to allow us to award up to 15 bursaries for students and early career researchers.  The bursaries will cover the course fees only, and not travel or accommodation (however, you may be able to claim these expenses from your institution’s training budget).  The bursaries are competitive – please complete this online form to apply.  The deadline is 20 April 2018 and PhD students will need to include a short statement of support from their supervisor.

Some testimonials from last year’s participants

“Most connected conference I have been to, a little community was formed by doing the different exercises which illustrates the power of play!”

“The CASIC Summer School exceeded my expectations. The different sessions were so interesting (fun even!); presenters were very experienced researchers, well-informed and everything was underpinned by theory. I came away inspired! As such, I have been encouraging colleagues and doctoral students to consider attending in the future.”

“One of the best conferences – well timed across the three days, well organised in terms of the different slots and different voices, both through the presentations but also of the other participants through the workshops.”

Further testimonials can be seen here

Speakers and facilitators include

  • Professor Mihaela Kelemen, CASIC Director, Keele Management School
  • Sue Moffat – Director of New Vic Borderlines, New Vic Theatre
  • Véronique Jochum, Head of Research, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Dr. Helen Kara, independent researcher and author of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide.
  • Dr Ceri Morgan – English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities, Keele University
  • Professor Rajmil Fischman – Music and Music Technology, School of Humanities, Keele University
  • Dr. Lisa Dikomitis, School of Medicine and iPCHS, Keele University
  • Anna Macdonald, Dance Artist, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Will Brearley, Music and Music Technology, School of Humanities, Keele University
  • Tom Pardoe, School of Pharmacy, Keele University
  • Dr. Emma Surman, Keele Management School
  • Dr. Lindsay Hamilton, Keele Management School

The full programme can be viewed here.

To book your place please follow this link.


Item 4 – Crafting and growing web content for www.scos.org

Have you got an idea that’s just bubbling around, or have you taken a video recently of something inspirational? SCOS would love to share your thoughts and ideas with the community through our website blog. Writing for the website would not be restricted to any particular format and could include photographs or other media. If you have something you would like to submit or if you have an idea you would like to explore, please contact Scott Lawley on scott.lawley@ntu.ac.uk or you can find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/1648286865418616/ (Quick Facebook disclaimer – we don’t want your data to be misused. We are happy to welcome people on the Facebook platform who have chosen to continue to use it but we remain committed to use of the website and mailing list. As a board we will be discussing social media at the next available opportunity).

SCOS Update February 2018

Dear SCOSsers

February is here and today tiny drifting snowflakes are still passing my window. Is it the long freeze and the start of a new ice age? Likely not, as the snowdrops that I seem to only ever see planted on roundabouts and in old ladies’ gardens are happily enjoying the odd spot of sunshine in between. It seems that while I have been doing my best impersonation of a (hardworking) hibernating hermit hedgehog, however…SCOSsers around the globe have been busy! Today’s email newsletter is bursting with items to excite and affect.

Don’t forget, if you know anyone who might be interested in SCOS and wants to join the membership they just need to get in touch, so do mention us to colleagues and research students.

Item 1 ACSCOS/SCOS Conference  “Wabi-sabi (侘寂): Imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence in Organisational Life” Deadline for abstracts is 28th February

Item 2 CMS 2019 to be hosted by the Open University in collaboration with VIDA

Item 3  Job Opening at Université Saint-Paul, Canada.

Item 4 Job Opening at Essex Business School, UK

Item 5 Culture and Organization SI Carne deadline is coming up in May 2018 so get those pens working if you plan to submit!

Item 6 Free one-day Conference “Witches WAGS and Wideboys” at Essex Business School

Item 7 CfP ‘Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons’

Best wishes

Laura


Item 1: ACSCOS/SCOS Conference  “Wabi-sabi (侘寂): Imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence in Organisational Life”

Deadline for abstracts is 28th February and please note that there are a variety of PhD and ECR scholarships and bursaries available, including some specifically for Australasian delegates so applications are encouraged.

You can find further information on the conference website at http://scos2018.org/ or contact the organisers directly on scosacscos2018@gmail.com


Item 2: CMS 2019 to be hosted by the Open University in collaboration with VIDA

ICMS is excited to announce that the Open University led by the Department of People and Organisations and in collaboration with VIDA has been selected, from a shortlist of excellent proposals, to host the 11th International Critical Management Studies conference around the theme of “Precarious Presents, Open Futures”.

In a statement, Peter Bloom, Head of Department for ‘People and Organizations’ at the Open University said:

‘We are enthusiastic in our desire to foster discussions, papers and installations/interventions regarding what it means for societies and organisations to be “open” in the 21st century.  This includes, but it is not limited to how being open  is under attack by renewed discourses of individualized privilege and “closure”, as well as exploring what currently constitutes a radical or even revolutionary form of political, economic, historical, and ethical openness in organisations and management, and the possibilities of what this could look like in the future.

We are thus interested in critical interventions that explore timely and new concepts such as “digital inclusion”, “decolonizing data management”, “trans-human management”, “open sourced organisations”, “virtual progress”, “glocal solidarity”, and “mobile organizing”. These themes all critically interrogate the ways that technologies and emerging forms of organization can subvert established identities,  processes and practices, values/ ideals and open eup space for new and marginalised voices to shape the present and future. Just as importantly, we are committed to “opening up” how a conference is organized and managed – inviting collaborative and creative spaces for constructing knowledge sharing between academics, activists, practitioners, artists, and policy makers.’

CMS 2019 will take place at the Milton Keynes main campus of the Open University. Details including finalised dates and a conference email address and a call for streams, workshops, installations, interventions and other events will follow. In the meantime, please contact peter.bloom@open.ac.uk if you would like any further information on the CMS 2019 conference.


Item 3 : Job Opening at Université Saint-Paul, Canada.

I am a the director of Saint-Paul University’s new school of social innovation in Ottawa, Canada. We are opening a new position in management of social organization, you can find the description here. Someone with a critical management studies background would fit very well for this position, so I thought it might interest people involved in SCOS.

Simon Tremblay-Pepin

Professeur, Université Saint-Paul

Directeur de l’École d’Innovation sociale

 


Item 4: Job Opening at Essex Business School, UK

SL/R in HRM at Essex Business School

This is an exciting opportunity to join the newly established Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management (HRM) Group at Essex Business School in the field of Human Resource Management as either a Senior Lecturer or Reader.

If successful, you will be part of a team of more than 14 research active members, consisting of early and established researchers with a global reputation for their work in critical organisation studies, HRM, and equality and diversity.

We are keen to appoint a talented scholar with experience in any area of HRM. We would, however, especially welcome applications from those with expertise in:

International HRM
Strategic HRM
Human Resource Development

For further details please follow the link 


Item 5: CfP Culture and Organization Special Issue “Carne”

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

“Flesh, we believe – more than bodies – is at stake in our posthuman times, in the sense that it is flesh that is subject to increased control either in the laboratory or the marketplace and is caught up in processes of modification that seek to master and profit from it.” (Diamanti et al., 2009, 4)

This call for papers takes off from the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly – auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory – activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth “the important secrets of the flesh” (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.

Cherríe Moraga (2015, 19), on the other hand, identifies a theory in the flesh as “one where the physical realities of our lives – our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings – all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity”. In a very different feminist analysis, Judith Butler (1990, 96, 33) defines gender as the “styles of the flesh” which “congeal over time”; whereas Vicki Kirby (1997) takes her and other feminist poststructuralists to task in Telling Flesh for their overstatement of the cultural inscription of the body, and argues that “once you are seriously displacing the nature/language opposition, you have to be arguing that nature, far from being written on, and insofar as it cannot be said to ‘lack language’, ‘must be articulate’ (page 90). Elspeth Probyn (2001), on the other hand, provides a dazzling array of ways to understand skin both materially, metonymically and metaphorically – it protects and is vulnerable, it can be bruised and breached, it is porous, it expands and retracts, it devours and is devoured, it has colour, texture and sensation.

Organization studies scholars have, nonetheless, perhaps been somewhat neglectful of flesh in our various endeavours; whilst for the last three decades or so we have paid a great deal of attention to the body, we have largely overlooked flesh. Yet, as our opening epigraph implies, flesh can be connected to organization/s and organizing in manifold different ways. Possible contributions to this special issue could therefore include but are certainly not limited to:

  • The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research.  Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) …and so on.

This list is intended to be indicative only.  Innovative interpretations of the call are encouraged.  With its long tradition of inter-disciplinary approaches, C&O invites papers that draw insights and approaches from across a range of social sciences and humanities.  In addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies. We also welcome papers from any disciplinary, paradigmatic or methodological perspective as long as they directly address the theme of flesh and organization.  

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

The editorial team for this special issue are: Ilaria Boncori (University of Essex), Jo Brewis (University of Leicester), Luigi Maria Sicca (University of Naples) and Charlie Smith (University of Leicester).

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 25, Issue 4) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the editors of this issue.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current. Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions.  They can be reached via e-mail at: scosxxxv@gmail.com.

References

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.

Foucault, Michel. 1977. “Power and Sex.” Telos 32: 152-161.

Hart, Lynda. 1998. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. Columbia University Press: New York.

Kirby, Vicki. 1997. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. New York: Routledge.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Moraga, Cherríe. 2015. “Introduction. Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, fourth edition, 19. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Probyn, Elspeth. 2001. “Eating Skin.” In Thinking Through the Skin, edited by Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, 87-103. London: Routledge.

Strati, Antonio. 2007. “Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning.” Management Learning 38 (1): 61-77


Item 6: Free one-day Conference “Witches WAGS and Wideboys” at Essex Business School

Dear all,

With usual apologies for cross-posting, please see below details of a one-day conference hosted by Anglia Ruskin University and University of Essex that we hope may be of interest. The focus is on the origins and implications of regional cultural stereotypes, and is being organised in association with Essex County Council and the Essex Book Festival. Places are limited so please use the link to register if you would like to join us. And please do feel free to forward the details to anyone you think might be interested.

Best wishes,

Melissa

REGISTER HERE


Item 7 : CfP Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons

For the affect inquiry / making space conference
August 8-11, 2018 Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
http://capaciousjournal.com/conference/

Stream Organizers: Jack Z. Bratich & Stevphen Shukaitis

What affects circulate within the undercommons today (Harney & Moten 2013)?

This stream proposes to inquire into the relation between affective spaces and aesthetics in the construction of forms of collective intelligence and subjectivities, particularly in the ways this relation is worked with to expand the commonly understood realm of political action. It will explore processes of affective composition through which fleeting and ephemeral relations and performance are involved in what George Katsiaficas describes as “engaging aesthetic rationality in the process of political transformation, of turning politics into art, everyday life into an aesthetically governed domain.” (2001: 310) This is what Nick Thoburn terms a “minor politics” (2003): one that is not based upon calling forth an already existing identity or position, but rather a politics based on a continual intensive and affective engagement of constant self-institution.

“Affects & Collective Practices of the Undercommons” proposes to explore the relation of affective relations and aesthetics in the construction and operation of formations of collective intelligence and subjectivity, particularly when these forms are brought about in a way intended to expand and modulate understood spaces for political action. These relations and their affectivity embody and express the movement of the social imaginary, or the constant process of becoming: what Raoul Vaneigem referred to as the revolution of everyday life. Everyday life and forms of political action residing in it, whether unseen or encoded in a hidden transcript, exists as a privileged location for political analysis and action precisely because it is where forms of collective intelligence, creativity, and social wealth are manifested.

The everyday manifestations and embodiments of collective imagination and intelligence through collective practices take part in the movement of this transformation of subjectivities. Forms of self-determining community and sociality, which have been understood and theorized as creating the possibility for exodus from relations of domination and the creation of other relations within the present, is premised upon working through, and extending these relations, intensities, and experiences.

“Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons” will explore the multiple fields and paths where these relations, intensities, and modulations of collective subjectivities are expressed and transformed through aesthetic expression and movement. This fleeting and ephemeral realm, one of both improvisation and ritual that Amendant Hardiker and Miekal And characterize as the space of the anartistic (1995) provides a unique and valuable entrance point for understanding and theorization of the relation of mind, culture, and collective imagination in constant movement.

Potential topics/possible intersections including but not limited to:
– Infrapolitics & creative subversion
– Black radicalism and genealogies
– Experimental education & nomadic pedagogy
– Creating spaces within and against institutions
– Autonomous spaces & protocols
– Study & Sociality, Convivial Research
– Infrastructure & Logisticality
– Performativy of/in the Commons

250-word paper abstracts can now be submitted to capacious@millersville.edu. The final deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 15, 2018.

 

SCOS Update December 2017

Dear Scossers

as we approach another turning point in the year, it’s also a key turning point for deadlines! So here are a few to think about…

Item 1 – Remember Rome? Deadline for the accompanying Culture and Organization SI Carne is May 2018 so get those pens working if you plan to submit! All CfPs for C&O are available here.

Item 2 – The SCOS/ACSCOS Conference 2018 on Wabi-Sabi to be held in Tokyo has extended the deadline for abstracts to February 28th 2018. More information below!

Item 3 –  EGOS 2018 stream on  Object-oriented Ontologies and Organizations Studies, deadline January 8th 2018.

Best

Laura


Item 1

The editorial team are still accepting submissions for the special issue of C&O following the Rome conference via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site. The deadline for manuscripts is 31st May 2018. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  •  The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research.  Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) … and so on.

You can find the full call for papers here.


Item 2 SCOS/ACSCOS 2018 “Wabi-Sabi” at Meiji University Tokyo

The deadline for abstracts to SCOS/ACSCOS 2018 has been extended to 8th February 2018!  The venue for the conference is the Academy Common Building, Surugadai Campus, Meiji University. This is in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo.

Conference Website

The conference website for SCOS/ACSCOS Japan in 2018 “Wabi-sabi” is available at http://scos2018.org with the link to registration. The deadline for submissions has been extended, and you can find the original call for papers here along with instructions for submission of abstracts: http://scos2018.org/index.php/call-for-papers/

Venue and Travel Schedule

The venue for the conference is the Academy Common Building, Surugadai Campus, Meiji University. This is in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo.

The nearest stations are Ochanomizu Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station and Jimbochu Station. Travel to the university from Narita Airport takes approximately one hour by public transport via the Skyliner (http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/ae_outline/index.php), while from Haneda Airport the journey is slightly shorter on the Tokyo monorail (http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/).

A full timetable will be made available in due course but expect conference events to kick off on the 17th August 2018 at 5pm. The board will be convening for the board meeting slightly earlier at 2pm.

The organisers have very helpful maps available here: http://scos2018.org/index.php/travel-and-accommodation/

Accommodation in Japan

Accommodation near to the campus includes a wide range of hotels, or there are also a range of apartments available through AirBnB. Some of the below have been highlighted by the organisers as conveniently located for the venue, and are suitable on a range of budgets.

Hotel Niwa Tokyo ✩✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor page

This hotel was selected as one of Top 25 Hotels in Japan by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award 2016.

Hotel Grand Palace ✩✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor Page

Hotel Metropolitan Edmont ✩✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor Page

Hilltop Hotel ✩✩✩✩

Booking.com Tripadvisor Page

Hotel Villa Fontaine Jimbocho Tokyo ✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor Page

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan ✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor Page

This hotel offers Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats and futon or conventional bedrooms.

APA Hotel Kanda Jimbocho Station East ✩✩✩

Official Website Tripadvisor Page

Tokyo Green Hotel Korakuen ✩✩✩

Tripadvisor Page Booking.com

This hotel is located near to the Tokyo Dome.

Hotel Wing International Korakuen ✩✩✩

Booking.com Tripadvisor Page

KKR Hotel Tokyo ✩✩✩

Hotels.com Tripadvisor Page

New Central Hotel ✩✩

Booking.com  Tripadvisor Page

 


Item 3 – EGOS Sub-theme 57: Object-oriented Ontologies and Organizations Studies

Convenors:
Hugo Letiche
LESI, Utrecht, The Netherlands
h.letiche@uvh.nl
Jean-Luc Moriceau
Institut Mines-Telecom/TEM, Paris, France
jean-luc.moriceau@telecom-em.eu
Geoffrey M. Lightfoot
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
g.lightfoot@le.ac.uk

Call for Papers

Surprise is causation that we did not expect or anticipate and/or could not control. In a world ever more ordered by the diktats of an increasingly imperial risk management (Martin 2007; 2015), we seem less and less able to value the unexpected. A classic example from the organization studies canon that has recently become enjoined in controversy turns around how one should best make sense of the Mann Gulch disaster that formed a key exemplar for Weick of the powers of sensemaking and the costs of its breakdown (Weick, 1993, 1996; Basbøll, 2010; Holt & Cornelissen, 2014). For recent forays back into the sources from which Weick draws reveal the potential to situate the source of the disaster not so much in any failure of ‘leadership’ on the part of the “smokejumpers’ in the face of surprising turns in the fire’s development but rather in a ‘conflagration of forces” (Maclean, 1992, cited in Basbøll, 2010), that was “neither material nor social but, simply, infernal” (Basbøll, 2010, p. 89).

Recently object-oriented-ontology (O-O-O) has proposed that objects change, assert attraction on one another, generate time and space around themselves, but never cease to exist. Graham Harman’s example is putting a match to cotton (2005). There is cotton and there is a match, then there is smoldering and smoke, and thereafter there is ash; at all moments there are objects. Objects change and retreat, are transformed and reappear as something else. There is never NO object and there is never an object that is totally given to an observer. For social constructivism, the object is in the eye of the perceiver and ‘surprise’ is a subjective quality. For O-O-O the object is only partially visible or present and always ‘strange’, uncertain and somewhat indeterminate. Weick tries to control or even banish ‘surprise’; O-O-O asserts that objects are always and can only be ‘surprising’.

Graham Harman and his co-conspirators work within a field that has come to be known as ‘speculative realism’ which has garnered increasing attention in recent years, although, as of yet, there has been little direct incursion into the administrative and organizational sciences. We hope to begin to rectify this situation with this sub-theme. Speculative realism offers potential to encounter surprise anew through a different conceptualisation of the ‘objects’ that make up our world. In Harman’s particular version of speculative realism – ‘object oriented ontology’ –, objects are always pregnant with potential to surprise for they are essentially ‘cryptic’ in their being, with much of their reality in retreat from any attempt to fully comprehend them. Objects, in this view, are made of parts and can themselves be parts of other objects. Yet despite being made up of other objects, despite unleashing surprising effects on other objects, an object has a realness that exceeds any under- or over-pinnings. The habits of thought that Harman breaks with either undermine or overmine the object qua object when they respectively seek to reduce the object to its components or see it merely as a part and nothing more than a part, of some greater whole.

The agency of objects has been typified and described by Harman as entailing multiple processes. New objects are combines of the “notes” (Harman, 2005, p. 211) or “sensual qualities” (Harman, 2011, p. 128) of their progenitors, formed when one object “allures” (Harman, 2005, p. 211) another into interaction. Interaction, which includes the intervention of the perceived ‘sensual objects’ between the limitless ‘real objects’ that are their cousins. We can only know the events of ‘vicarious causation’ (Harman, 2007) through which objects interact; the real objects themselves are too much in retreat to interact directly.

What happens if we take objects seriously, and not just as the products of enactments, in cases like Mann Gulch? What surprising landscapes and eventful circumstances would we discover? What existing organization studies concepts might be set afire?

Papers of interest to the sub-theme could consider addressing the following themes (although we in no sense see this as an exclusive or exhaustive list of the possibilities):
What are the implications for risk management of taking objects seriously (in the Harmanian sense)? How, for example, are the objects of (high) finance and more pedestrian concerns such as human shelter, related?
If organizations (seen as objects) mutate and change, but never end, should they be seen as without telos but only as processes?
How do accounts and accountability (really) relate to the objects that they claim to survey? What can we say of the objects of strategy, policy, plans and operations if all objects are partially seen and incompletely perceived?
If all perception is tentative and limited is surprise still surprising? Does event differ from surprise?
W(h)ither ethics in an object oriented world whose ‘flat ontology’ significantly problematizes an easy attribution of agency? How do we orient to ethics when we struggle with constant surprise?

References

Basbøll, T. (2010): “Multiple failures of scholarship: Karl Weick and the Mann Gulch disaster.” In: P. Armstrong & G. Lightfoot (eds.): The Leading Journal in the Field: Destabilising Authority in the Social Sciences of Management. London: Mayfly, 85–102.
Harman, G. (2005): Guerilla Metaphysics. Chicago: Open Court Books.
Harman, G. (2007): “On Vicarious Causation.” In: R. Mackay (ed.): Collapse II: Speculative Realism. Falmouth: Urbanomic, 187–221.
Harman, G. (2011): The Quadruple Object. Winchester: Zero Books.
Holt, R., & Cornelissen, J. (2014): “Sensemaking revisited.” Management Learning, 45 (5), 525–539.
Maclean, N. (1992): Young Men and Fires. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Martin, R. (2007): An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management. London: Duke University Press.
Martin, R. (2015): Knowledge LTD. Toward a Social Logic of the Derivative. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Weick, K. (1993): “The collapse of sensemaking in organizations: The Mann Gulch disaster.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 38 (4), 628–652.
Weick, K. (1996): “Drop your tools: an allegory for organization studies.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 41 (2), 301–313.

 

Quickie SCOS Update (November 2017)

Dear Scossers,

I’m a mobile-in-transit academic today but there are a few items that have come through recently which might pique your curiosity.

Item 1:Have you seen this SI from Management Learning on sensory knowledge? Antonio recommends it!

Item 2:You can’t have missed that GWO will be in Sydney in the coming year. Write differently!

Item 3:Don’t forget the upcoming deadlines for C&O Special Issues including ‘Carne’ from Rome 2017 in May 2018!

Arrivederci

Laura 


Item 1. Have you seen this SI from Management Learning on sensory knowledge? Antonio recommends it!

Dear Scos folks

still interested in Aesthetics, flesh and sensible knowledge? Well, there is a Virtual Special Issue of the journal “Management Learning”, edited by Alexia Panayiotou, that will be available online – open access 30 days.

a Virtual Special Issue of the journal on sensory knowledge. The Virtual Special Issue contains six other articles that we believe illustrate the finest work on sensory knowledge that has been published in the journal in the least ten years. All of the articles in the Virtual Special Issue are open access for the next 30 days.

The Virtual Special Issue is available here:

http://journals.sagepub.com/page/mlq/collections/virtual-special-issues/sensory_knowledge

I must warn you that this Virtual SI has a bias: one of my writing is included.

But apart from that …

all the best

Antonio Strati


Item 2: You can’t have missed that GWO will be in Sydney in the coming year. Write differently! (see attachment)

Dear SCOSers and (feminist) writers,

Jenny Helin, Carl Rhodes, Benedikte Borgstrom and I are convening a stream at GWO on Changing Writing/Writing for Change. We have had some wonderful submissions and the deadline has been extended to November 15th. If you are thinking of coming to GWO, consider picking up your pen and writing an abstract to trouble the masculine hegemonic way of writing in our academy. We aim to create an insurgent, unstoppable (feminine) flowing in Darling Harbour, come and join us…

best

Katie
katiebeavan1@gmail.com
+ 1 203 400 3167


Item 3: Don’t forget the upcoming deadlines for C&O Special Issues including ‘Carne’ from Rome 2017 in May 2018!

All Special Issue Calls here: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=specialIssues&journalCode=gsco20

A reminder of this call, with the standard apologies for cross-postings, everyone

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

“Flesh, we believe – more than bodies – is at stake in our posthuman times, in the sense that it is flesh that is subject to increased control either in the laboratory or the marketplace and is caught up in processes of modification that seek to master and profit from it.” (Diamanti et al., 2009, 4)

This call for papers takes off from the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly – auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory – activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth “the important secrets of the flesh” (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.

Cherríe Moraga (2015, 19), on the other hand, identifies a theory in the flesh as “one where the physical realities of our lives – our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings – all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity”. In a very different feminist analysis, Judith Butler (1990, 96, 33) defines gender as the “styles of the flesh” which “congeal over time”; whereas Vicki Kirby (1997) takes her and other feminist poststructuralists to task in Telling Flesh for their overstatement of the cultural inscription of the body, and argues that “once you are seriously displacing the nature/language opposition, you have to be arguing that nature, far from being written on, and insofar as it cannot be said to ‘lack language’, ‘must be articulate’ (page 90).

Elspeth Probyn (2001), on the other hand, provides a dazzling array of ways to understand skin both materially, metonymically and metaphorically – it protects and is vulnerable, it can be bruised and breached, it is porous, it expands and retracts, it devours and is devoured, it has colour, texture and sensation.

Organization studies scholars have, nonetheless, perhaps been somewhat neglectful of flesh in our various endeavours; whilst for the last three decades or so we have paid a great deal of attention to the body, we have largely overlooked flesh. Yet, as our opening epigraph implies, flesh can be connected to organization/s and organizing in manifold different ways. Possible contributions to this special issue could therefore include but are certainly not limited to:

  • The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research.  Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) …and so on.

 

This list is intended to be indicative only.  Innovative interpretations of the call are encouraged.  With its long tradition of inter-disciplinary approaches, C&O invites papers that draw insights and approaches from across a range of social sciences and humanities.  In addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies. We also welcome papers from any disciplinary, paradigmatic or methodological perspective as long as they directly address the theme of flesh and organization.  

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

The editorial team for this special issue are: Ilaria Boncori (University of Essex), Jo Brewis (University of Leicester), Luigi Maria Sicca (University of Naples) and Charlie Smith (University of Leicester).

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 25, Issue 4) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the editors of this issue.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current. Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions.  They can be reached via e-mail at: scosxxxv@gmail.com.

 

References

 

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.

Foucault, Michel. 1977. “Power and Sex.” Telos 32: 152-161.

Hart, Lynda. 1998. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. Columbia University Press: New York.

Kirby, Vicki. 1997. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. New York: Routledge.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Moraga, Cherríe. 2015. “Introduction. Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, fourth edition, 19. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Probyn, Elspeth. 2001. “Eating Skin.” In Thinking Through the Skin, edited by Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, 87-103. London: Routledge.

Strati, Antonio. 2007. “Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning.” Management Learning 38 (1): 61-77.

 

 

SCOS Update September 2017

Dear Scossers,

oh dearie dreary me! A very belated update that should have hit your inboxes last week if not before. I guess that like me, you too have been scribbling away on all sorts of projects. If you would like to share some projects or news items of your own, of course get in touch! We are also really happy to welcome contributions to the new and shiny website. You can now find your regular SCOS updates published on the website, should you ever misplace them in your email inbox, so keep an eye out at http://www.scos.org

Best

Laura 


Item 1 Special Issues CfPs – Culture & Organization

Tropes, Genres, Fiction: Literature and Organization
Guest edited by Albert J. Mills, Sobey School of Business, St Mary’s University
Ajnesh Prasad, EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Deadline: 15 December 2017

Carne – Flesh and Organization
Guest edited by Ilaria Boncori, University of Essex
Luigi Maria Sicca, University of Naples
Charlie Smith, University of Leicester
Deadline: 31 May 2018

Contested Realities of the Circular Economy
Guest edited by Hervé Corvellec, Lund University
Steffen B öhm, University of Exeter
Alison Stowell, Lancaster University
Francisco Valenzuela, Nottingham Trent University
Deadline: 15 November 2018


Item 2
Subverting Corruption

Subtheme 10 of Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies, LAEMOS2016, Viña del Mar, Chile, 6-9 April 2016

www.laemos.com

Corruption has been defined by Transparency International (2009, p. 14) as ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain’. It can take many forms – petty or grand, covert or open, limited or extensive, black, grey, or white, individual or systemic. Scholars in organization studies have increasingly paid attention to the phenomenon of corruption (for example, Ashforth and Anand 2003, Fleming & Zyglidopoulos 2008, Lennerfors 2010, Breit 2010). They have eschewed the oversimplification in principal-agent understandings of the topic demonstrated in the Transparency International definition quoted above. Critical scholars unmask veiled interests such as neocolonialism and class, but in addition aim to construct alternative conceptualizations of corruption to promote creative engagement (Breit et al. 2015). In critical studies, theoretical inspiration has been drawn from psychoanalytic theories, for example by Roberts (2015), who explored the psychoanalysis of corruption and argued that corruption makes a person as a subject feel omnipotent. Also inspired by psychoanalysis, Lennerfors (2010) argued that jouissance, or stolen enjoyment, is a central component in accusations of corruption. One should stress, in contrast to the principal-agent model, the very social nature of processes of corruption (Ashforth and Anand 2003, Ashforth et al. 2008). Corruption can be acceptable, harmful or simply routine (Graycar and Prenzler, 2013). Corruption is imbricated in social relations of association and obligation – and while some practices are labelled as corrupt, condemned and fought, very similar activities in the forming of strong social relations are actively encouraged by organization leaders amongst their employees to build communities and share ideas. The ‘minga’, or informal organization is an interesting Latin American concept which can be used as an alternative to the contemporary economic organization form, but it also could be adapted to describe both the mafia and FIFA in its way of supporting reciprocal obligatory relations, often associated with practices of corruption.

The boundary between what is corrupt and what is not is difficult to draw, yet there are many studies of corruption which are based on clear cut measures. Do these measures have any real meaning in organizations? Many organization practices contain localized euphemisms for corruption, which questionnaires and indices will never capture – or can they?

In this subtheme, we aim to continue to destabilize, critique, and subvert the predominant knowledge about corruption, by stimulating a debate between participants with different theoretical and empirical perspectives. Corruption is in itself “in the interstices” and we hereby encourage theoretical engagement between different fields of thought. We also encourage a wide range of empirical and geographical loci for studying corruption, especially empirical studies from Latin America, to subvert the Western-centric dominance of the subject.

We would welcome papers which:

  • Theorize the meanings of corruption as a way of corroding organisation practices and viability
  • Discuss the power relations corrupt practices are located within- the interplay of global and local social shaping of corruption
  • Explore the subjectivities of participating in corruption
  • Analyse the private/ public boundaries
  • Explore the use of euphemisms in corruption
  • Describe the joy and elation of corruption
  • Identify spaces of corruption, the liminality of corrupt practices
  • See multiple perspectives on collaborating for corruption
  • Discuss corruption as a misrecognition of colonialism
  • Above all, develop perspectives on corruption as seen from Latin America

Deadlines

Abstract submission: November 10, 2015

Notification of acceptance: December 10, 2015

Submission of full paper (6.000 words): March 10, 2016

Abstracts of about 1000 words should be submitted through the website form at www.laemos.com

The abstracts should be in English, including the name and email address of the author(s)

References

Ashforth, B. E., & Anand, V. (2003). THE NORMALIZATION OF CORRUPTION IN ORGANIZATIONS. Research in Organizational Behavior, 25, 1–52.

Ashforth, B. E., Gioia, D. A., Robinson, S. L., & Trevino, L. K. (2008). Re-viewing organizational corruption. Academy of Management Review. Academy of Management, 33(3), 670–684.

Breit, E. (2010) ‘On the (re)construction of corruption in the media: A critical discursive approach’, Journal of Business Ethics, 92(4): 619-635.

Breit, E., Lennerfors, T.T., & Olaison, L. (2015). Critiquing Corruption – a turn to theory, ephemera, vol 15, iss. 2, pp. 319-336.

Fleming, P., & Zyglidopoulos, S. C. (2008). The Escalation of Deception in Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, 81(4), 837–850.

Graycar, A and Prenzler, T. (2013) Understanding and Preventing Corruption, London: Palgrave.

Lennerfors, T.T. (2010) ‘The sublime object of corruption: Exploring the relevance of a psychoanalytical two bodies doctrine for understanding corruption’, in S.L. Muhr, B.M. Sørensen and S. Vallentin (eds.) Ethics and organizational practice: Questioning the moral foundations of management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Roberts, J. (2015). The “subject” of corruption. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 28(0), 82–88.

Transparency International (2009) The Anti-Corruption Plain Language Guide, Berlin: Transparency International.

Convenors

David Arellano-Gault / CIDE – Mexico / david.arellano@cide.edu

Lynne Baxter / University of York – UK / lynne.baxter@york.ac.uk

Thomas Taro Lennerfors / Uppsala University – Sweden / lennerfors@gmail.com

Toru Kiyomiya / Seinan Gakuin University – Japan / kiyomiya@seinan-gu.ac.jp


Item 3
Gendering Recognition
Gender, Work and Organization

10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference

14-16 June, 2018, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Stream convenors:

Leanne Cutcher, School of Business, University of Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Karen Dale, Organisation, Work & Technology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, ENGLAND

Philip Hancock, Business School, University of Essex, ENGLAND

Kat Riach, Monash Business School, Monash University, AUSTRALIA

Melissa Tyler, Business School, University of Essex, ENGLAND

The ‘Gendering Recognition’ stream seeks to open up a critical, reflexive discussion of recognition as both an organizational aspiration and as a contested object of ethical and political critique. Organisational life is an important setting within which struggles over recognition are played out; it is also a powerful mechanism through which the desire for recognition becomes gendered.

Recognition theorists such as Butler (2015, Butler and Athanasiou, 2013) have drawn on a long line of critical theorists and feminist thinkers to argue that recognition of our mutual inter-dependency has the potential to affirm the basis of a politics of solidarity, as a medium through which collective ways to address oppression might be devised and developed. Yet, as much as recognition might be thought of as the precondition of a ‘liveable life’ (Butler, 2015: 65), as the basis of freedoms, rights and responsibilities, it can also be a process of exploitation and exclusion, since it depends on who or what confers recognition, as well as the conditions attached to it. Arguably, gender and work are currently organized in such a way that we rarely seek recognition on our own terms, either collectively or individually, opening the way for organizations to capitalize on the vulnerability that our desire to be recognized engenders. Taken together, this means that recognition, no matter how much we might need it, is not in itself an unambiguous ‘good’. For feminist researchers, practitioners and activists, this raises the question of how we can make room for ways of living and working together that challenge prevailing gendered conditions of recognition, including those that demand that we embody and enact gender according to binary, hierarchical norms.

The stream has three inter-related aims: (i) to consider the importance of feminist writing on recognition for work and organization studies, developing some of the theoretical and conceptual inroads that have been made in recent years, particularly in contributions toGender, Work and Organization; (ii) to connect the critical analysis of recognition to contemporary organizational practices by considering some of the many ways in which recognition might be understood and enacted within organizational life, and (iii) to explore the possibility of a critical reconsideration of recognition given, on the one hand, its positioning as an organizational virtue or aspiration and on the other, feminist critiques of the conditions and consequences attached to it. With these aims in mind, papers that are theoretically, conceptually, methodologically or empirically orientated are very welcome. We particularly welcome contributions to the stream from cross or trans-disciplinary perspectives.

Papers may wish to explore the:

  • Gendered organization of recognition. Some may focus on the ways in which the organization of infrastructures is inescapably connected to the desire for recognition, and therefore to the organization of social relations. Others might consider the seductive capacities of organizational recognition, or what Povinelli (2002: 17) calls ‘the cunning of recognition’, to entrap us into uncritical, unreflexive ways of being and working together. Others might examine the relationship between individual and more collective forms of recognition, exploring how recognition is currently organized but might done differently in future.
  • Connections between recognition, ethics, reflexivity and methodology. Methodologically, reflexivity arises from a recognition of the distinction (perhaps dislocation) between lived experiences and compelled subjectivities. Contributions could consider the consequences of conforming to the conditions of recognition, and of the impact on those who cannot, or choose not to, conform. Other contributions might consider ways in which a recognition-based ethics calls into question the discreetness and self-sufficiency of the human condition and of recognition systems. They might explore how organizational misrecognition occurs not simply through identity politics but also status subordination whereby ‘institutions structure interaction according to cultural norms that impede parity of participation’ (Fraser, 2001: 24).
  • Gendering of recognition and identity. Given the setting of the GWO 2018 conference, papers exploring gendering recognition through a historical, political or (post)colonial lens are also welcome. Citing a 1958 essay, ‘Continuity and Change’ by anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner’s reflections on whether indigenous people in Australia should assimilate into mainstream settler society, Povinelli (2002) notes a poignant line: ‘Suppose they do not know how to cease to be themselves’ (cited in Povinelli, 2002: 1). Povinelli (2002: 29) responds to Stanner by asking: ‘Suppose they do not know how to be themselves. Suppose your life depends on being able to perform this ontological trick’. We cite this response as a way in to thinking about themes that are central to this stream, namely that being called upon to perform the kind of ‘ontological trick’ to which Povinelli refers, puts the subject at risk, when we can neither be, or cease to be, ourselves.

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 1st November 2017 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders within one month. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. New and young scholars with ‘work in progress’ papers are welcomed. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Due to restrictions of space on the conference schedule, multiple submissions by the same author will not be timetabled. Please submit abstracts through the conference abstract portal at https://www.mq.edu.au/events/gwosydney

References

Butler, J. (2015) Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Butler, J. and Athanasiou, A. (2013) Dispossession: The Performative in the Political.Cambridge: Polity.

Fraser, N. (2001) ‘Recognition without ethics?’, Theory, Culture & Society. 18(2-3): 21-42.

Povinelli, E. (2002) The Cunning of Recognition. London: Duke University Press.

Stanner, W.E.H. (1958) White Man Got No Dreaming. Canberra: Australian National University Press


Item 4
Organizing childhood
Gender, Work and Organization
10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
13-16 June, 2018, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Convenors
Carolyn Hunter, University of York, York, UK
Nina Kivinen, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
Deborah Brewis, Kingston University, London, UK
While the study of ‘childhood’ is a developed field in sociology, media studies, the humanities and even marketing, it is with, a few recent exceptions, relatively underexplored in organisation studies (see exceptions: Russell and Tyler, 2002; Kavanagh, Keohane and Kuhling, 2011; Kavanagh, 2013; Griffin, Harding and Learmonth, 2016; Kenny, 2016; Hunter and Kivinen, 2016). While significant theoretical contributions have been made, more could be done to develop empirical studies where the complexities of childhood play out. Gender has been a central theme in the study of childhood in other fields, and we propose that it provides a key lens through which to expand discussions to how childhood is ‘organised’ both as a set of discourses and the variety of occupations and industries associated with products and services for children. This call for abstracts aims to engage with thinking on the intersections between organisations, childhood and gender, through exploring the way in which childhood features:
  1. in industries that centre around products and services for children,
  2. in relations where childhood is produced, consumed and assembled
  3. or as ideas, discourses and ideologies that relate to our adult selves.
The organising of childhood may be considered in relation to gender, through the production and consumption of products and services aimed at the children, including pre-school, middle and young adult or ‘tweens’ categories (Siegel, Coffey, & Livingston, 2004; Steinberg, & Kincheloe, 1997). Russell and Tyler (2002) and Griffin, Harding and Learmonth (2016) explore dimensions of gendered children’s products, while Hunter and Kivinen (2016) note the link between these gendered products and services and the gendered identities of the workers involved in delivering them. Representing a wide array of products and services, the children’s industries are characterised by significant variety in types of labour and the quality of working lives. Some of these industries represent particularly precarious or low paid work, in which women are overrepresented. We already know that in industries like nurseries and childcare, women far outnumber male employees in the UK, with the number of men averaging only 2% of the workforce (Department for Education, 2013). Further research could explore whether gender segregation in the workforce is a symptom of, and/or reinforcement to, notions of women’s reproductive role in the economy, the marginalisation of women’s labour, and whether this intersects with other social markers such as race, age and disability.
We might also consider how labour in these industries target children by engaging in aesthetic or emotional labour that may be characterised as ‘feminised’ work. For example, Russell and Tyler (2002) explored how a teenage retail store became an aesthetic space, a ‘retail theatre’, of feminine ‘tweenie’ dreams. Working on products or services for children may provide insights into the experiences of emotional and aesthetic labour, where nostalgia, development and fantasy come together (Langer, 2004). How are concepts of childhood entangled into expectations of emotional management by employees, as well as the organisation of employees’ and children’s bodies within these space? Are assumptions made that working in these spaces is less skilled or meaningful than working for products for adults? We might consider, in turn, how such assumptions influence employees’ identities, motivations and sense of purpose. Equally, authors may consider whether work within the children’s industries offers insights into alternative ways of organising, for example through collaboration and working in home environments. These industries frequently breakdown the divide between the public and the private, for example if the work is undertaken within the private space of the home alongside other (unpaid) work such as childcare and domestic activities. Similarly children may come into the public spaces of organisations, such workplace crèches and ‘babies at work’ policies. In addition children can work legally (age restrictions varying by state in Australia and set at 13 in the UK for example), and younger in the industries of television, theatre and modelling, providing an alternative ‘productive’ narrative to childhood. The call aims to engage with these different dimensions of childhood, including the potential oppression and alienation in these experiences.
Finally, we invite explorations of how childhood becomes organised as a set of ideas (Cook, 2004). On one hand, one might consider the relations of production and consumption from the perspective of children themselves (Martens et al, 2004), through their experiences of the emotions and affect that become attached to the commodities of childhood; and through the framing of children’s desires, and responsibilities via traditional broadcast media and new social forms of media. Children also learn to consume management and business concepts early on (Rehn, 2009) although more could be done to assess if this learning is gendered. On the other hand, we might consider how adults, too, consume childhood, fables and fairy tales, developing narratives of self through their careers, authenticity, and identities; or through memory (Ingersoll & Adams, G. B, 1992). The worlds of management and childhood cross: for example management guru Marshall Goldsmith turned his bestseller business book into a comic book with the help of a children’s illustrator. Other management gurus have directly drawn on childhood to discuss creativity, innovation and ‘child-like’ play.
This call asks for abstracts which explore either childhood as an organisational phenomena or as empirical setting, in particular making connections between childhood and gender including femininities and masculinities. We welcome papers from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, including feminist, postcolonial, and queer critiques of the gendered nature of work in relation to childhood.
Themes:
  • Nostalgia and historical discussions of workers in the children’s industries
  • Emotions, affect and emotional labour related to childhood
  • Theorisation of the production and consumption of childhood
  • Associations of childhood with femininities and masculinities, as well as other theorisation of gender around queer theory, identity theory, critical race theory and post-colonialism
  • Feminist critiques of childhood
  • Gendering of products or services for children
  • Childhood in the narratives and metaphors of management and business
  • Childhood in concepts of career and authenticity
  • Children becoming part of organisational space
For stream enquiries please contact Nina Kivinen: nina.kivinen@abo.fi
Papers from the stream will be selected for a special issue proposal of the Gender, Work and Organization journal.
How to submit:
Abstracts of approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 1st November 2017 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders within one month. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. New and young scholars with ‘work in progress’ papers are welcomed. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Due to restrictions of space on the conference schedule, multiple submissions by the same author will not be timetabled. Please submit abstracts through the conference abstract portal at https://www.mq.edu.au/events/gwosydney
References
Cook, D. (2004) The commodification of childhood. The children’s clothing industry and the rise  of the child consumer. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Hunter, C. and Kivinen, N., (2016) Constructing Girlhood: Abject Labour in Magazine Offices.  Gender, Work & Organization, 23(6), pp.551-565.
Ingersoll, V. H., & Adams, G. B. (1992) The child is ‘father’ to the manager: Images of organizations in U.S. children’s literature. Organization Studies. 13, 4, 497–519
Kavanagh, D., (2013) Children: Their place in organization studies. Organization Studies, 34(10),  pp.1487-1503.
Kavanagh, D., Keohane, K. and Kuhling, C. (2011) “Organization in play.”
Kenny, K. (2016). Organizations and Violence: The Child as Abject-Boundary in Ireland’s Industrial Schools. Organization Studies, 37(7), pp.939-961.
Griffin, M., Harding, N. and Learmonth, M., (2016) Whistle While You Work? Disney Animation, Organizational Readiness and Gendered Subjugation. Organization Studies
Langer, B. (2004) The business of branded enchantment: ambivalence and disjuncture in the global children’s culture industry. Journal of Consumer Culture. 4, 2, 251–77.
Martens, L., Southerton, D. & Scott, S. (2004) Bringing children (and parents) into the sociology of consumption: towards a theoretical and empirical agenda. Journal of Consumer Culture. 4, 2, 155-82.
Rehn, A. (2009) From ‘my first business day’ to ‘the secret millionaire’s club’: Learning to manage from early on. In P. Hancock & M. Tyler (Eds.), The management of everyday life. London: Palgrave.
Russell, R. and Tyler, M. (2002) Thank Heaven for Little Girls:Girl Heaven’ and the Commercial Context of Feminine Childhood. Sociology 36.3: 619-637.
Siegel, D., Coffey, T. & Livingston, G. (2004) The great tween buying machine: capturing your share of the multi-billion-dollar tween market. Chicago: Kaplan Publishing.
Steinberg, S. R. & Kincheloe, J. L. (1997) Kinderculture: The corporate construction of childhood. Boulder: Westview Press.

Item  5
7th Doctoral workshop (French-speaking) on CMS, Grenoble March 13-14, 2018

Dear all,

Please find  the Call for abstracts for the 2018 Doctoral workshop for the French-speaking CMS network at this link. The Workshop will take place in Grenoble in the French Alps (and specifically at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, GEM) on March 13-14.

This year’s theme will be “On the field: conditions, value(s) and issues of empirical research for critical perspectives”.

We are happy to announce that Silvia Gherardi (University of Trento) will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary conference. We will also have two roundtable conferences on each day: the first will open a dialog between in-depth investigative journalism and social science research, with journalist Geoffrey Le Guilcher (author of an immersion in a French slaughterhouse, “Steak Machine, published in 2017) and Olivier Germain (UQAM); the second one will be a roundtable discussion between three ethnographers: Carine Farias (ISTEC Paris / CBS), Fabien Hildwein (University of Paris XIII) and Marie-Astrid Le Theule (tbc, CNAM).

Key information:
–        Abstracts (and full papers) can be submitted in English or French, but all presentations will have to be given in French during the conference.
–        The theme is not restrictive; PhD candidates are welcome to submit abstracts either related to the workshop theme (empirical and/or methodological papers welcome) as well as to any issue relevant to Critical Management Studies in general.
–        Deadline for abstract submission: December 15, 2017; à Workshop dates: March 13-14, 2018.

Please find the complete call here for more information; you are most welcome to circulate & share it in your own networks !

Looking forward to greeting you in Grenoble next Spring!

Hélène Picard & Stéphane Jaumier for the organization committee


Item 6  On Creative-Relational Enquiry

Very excited to let you know that next week we’re launching our new Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (CCRI) at the University of Edinburgh:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/health/research/ccri

 

For now, it would be fantastic if you could please spread the word through your networks that we’ve been accepted to host a panel at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) 2018 Conference (11-13 April 2018 in Edinburgh) on ‘New directions in research methods: creative-relational inquiry in public service management and policy’.

Its purpose is to challenge traditional paradigms in (health) management, policy and practice, and explore the use of creative techniques to understand what public services or other social interventions do. It is a way to explore the ‘unmeasurable’ aspects of the impact of social interventions in people’s lives (full panel description and further details below).

If you have questions about submitting a paper, please contact the panel chair Dr Marisa de Andrade (marisa.deandrade@ed.ac.uk) – blue-sky thinking encouraged, anything is possible!

You can submit an abstract via this link: https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/irspm/call-for-abstracts/

Please note, the submission of abstracts closes mid-October, so please register your interest in submitting a paper or performance soon!

Panel description:

This panel introduces ‘creative-relational inquiry’ as a dynamic conceptual frame for vibrant, incisive research and practice in public services, management and policy. Acknowledging the policy landscape focused on outputs, outcomes, targets and measures at a time of increasing resource restraints and personal strain, it pauses to consider what is not ‘captured’; reflects on the fluidity of creativity as process, relating as process. It considers human connection in creating and co-creating value in public service delivery, and the influence of authentic leadership from without and from within.

Creative-relational inquiry is inquiry that works its hyphen. The hyphen as connection and link. The hyphen as dynamic, as catalytic, as engaged. The hyphen as push and pull, as tension, as force. Always ensuring inquiry, and mindful of the processes of power within and beyond it.

Driving our inquiries, may be the desire to understand the creative-relational effect of public service processes on their users and employees – both at the frontline and in the boardroom. Or the personalisation of public service processes and activities so service user experiences are tailored to an individual’s or communities’ needs and assets; creative-relational in the sense that they are co-produced by users in innovative ways.

Creative-relational inquiry might also embrace participatory and collaborative approaches to produce meaningful public services reform and encourage innovation. Or it could challenge structural determinants of inequity through the collision of art and data science.

Cutting-edge papers or performances, poems, music, dance, creative writing or inquiries in other mediums are invited that engage scholars, practitioners and the wider public – creatively, relationally – in and with research that:

  • is situated, positioned, context-sensitive, personal, experience-near, and embodied;
  • embraces the performative and the aesthetic;
  • engages with the political, the social, and the ethical;
  • problematizes agency, autonomy, and representation;
  • cherishes its relationship with theory, creating concepts as it goes;
  • is dialogical and collaborative;
  • is explicit and curious about the inquiry process itself;
  • provides detailed, close-up explorations of, for example, management and pedagogic relationships;
  • use the arts and performance as a methodological approach;
  • put public services, management and policy concepts and theories to work.

These possibilities are illustrative, not exhaustive. We look forward to a stimulating, energising and inspiring session.

SCOS Update July 2017

credit for the fabulous image above to Bea Acevedo #beatrizacevedoart

Hello SCOSsers!
It was fabulous to see so many of you at the conference in Rome recently! I hope those who were not able to attend are nonetheless enjoying the shared discussions, photographs, artistic sketches and general ramblings on the Facebook group. While many of you may be taking some well-deserved vacation time at present, if you are looking for things to inspire you there are plenty of very scossy items proposed here! As we have now launched the new SCOS website at scos.org, this message has been uploaded as a web update, and we hope that in future we will be able to send all member messages out in this way, allowing new people to find out more about all of our SCOSSy activities even if they have not yet signed up to the members mailing list. Please bear with us as we iron out any teething troubles with the mail system through the website.

  1. CfP Culture & Organisation SI ‘Carne’ Deadline 31st May 2018
  2. CfP LAEMOS Sub-Theme 06 Organisational Resilience and the Resilience of Corruption Deadline 30th September 2017
  3. Expressions of interest – SCOS board vacancies from 2018
  4. CfP Joint SCOS/ACSCOS conference ‘Wabi-Sabi’ in August 2018, Tokyo
  5. SCOS scribbles: web content

Item 1: CfP Culture & Organisation ‘Carne’
CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization
volume 25, issue 4, 2019

“Flesh, we believe – more than bodies – is at stake in our posthuman times, in the sense that it is flesh that is subject to increased control either in the laboratory or the marketplace and is caught up in processes of modification that seek to master and profit from it.” (Diamanti et al., 2009, 4)

This call for papers takes off from the longstanding use of the notion of flesh in academic investigations of the more or less porous boundaries between the self, others and the world around us. Flesh, these works suggest, is ontologically slippery and definitionally elusive. For Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1964), flesh reconnects the viewing and the visible, the touching and the touched, the body and the world. Perception itself is a fleshly – auditory, visual, gustatory, haptic, olfactory – activity. Moreover, as Antonio Strati (2007) points out in his discussion of the connections between practice-based learning and ‘sensible knowledge’ in organizations, when we perceive others, we always perceive them as fundamentally corporeal. Equally, the world acts upon our flesh, so that what or whom we touch, see, smell, taste and hear may touch, see, smell, taste and hear us. Elsewhere, Michel Foucault locates modern western scientia sexualis as having its origins in the earliest years of Christianity and its confessional regime which seeks to unearth “the important secrets of the flesh” (1977, 154) as the deepest truths of the human subject. In this reading, flesh is the natural body, always and irrevocably bound to sin and to death.

Cherríe Moraga (2015, 19), on the other hand, identifies a theory in the flesh as “one where the physical realities of our lives – our skin color, the land or concrete we grew up on, our sexual longings – all fuse to create a politic born out of necessity”. In a very different feminist analysis, Judith Butler (1990, 96, 33) defines gender as the “styles of the flesh” which “congeal over time”; whereas Vicki Kirby (1997) takes her and other feminist poststructuralists to task in Telling Flesh for their overstatement of the cultural inscription of the body, and argues that “once you are seriously displacing the nature/language opposition, you have to be arguing that nature, far from being written on, and insofar as it cannot be said to ‘lack language’, ‘must be articulate’ (page 90).
Elspeth Probyn (2001), on the other hand, provides a dazzling array of ways to understand skin both materially, metonymically and metaphorically – it protects and is vulnerable, it can be bruised and breached, it is porous, it expands and retracts, it devours and is devoured, it has colour, texture and sensation.

Organization studies scholars have, nonetheless, perhaps been somewhat neglectful of flesh in our various endeavours; whilst for the last three decades or so we have paid a great deal of attention to the body, we have largely overlooked flesh. Yet, as our opening epigraph implies, flesh can be connected to organization/s and organizing in manifold different ways. Possible contributions to this special issue could therefore include but are certainly not limited to:

  • The pleasures of the flesh: carnality, sensuality, excess and indulgence in, of and as provided by organizations (and their opposites).
  • ‘Fleshworkers’ – cosmetic surgeons, masseuses, cosmetic surgeons, tattooists, make-up artists, slaughterhouse workers, morticians, laboratory scientists etc. – and the markets for their services.
  • The resurging significance of the provenance of meat and fish in western eating habits and its cultural, symbolic and economic implications.
  • Vegetarianism, veganism, ‘clean’ and raw food diets, the markets around and commodification of these practices.
  • Researching the flesh, bodily, sensory, fleshly, aesthetic or sensible knowing and/ or methods, the ethics of fleshly research. Organizing (and researching) in meatspace and virtual space, ‘in the flesh’ and online.
  • Bodily changes, wounding, scarring and dysmorphia in organizations.
  • Flesh-eaters and the undead: cannibals, vampires and zombies as organizational metaphors.
  • The organization of organ donation and the global black market in body parts.
  • The global meat industry and its manifold discontents: eg, the certification and marketing of halal meat, the UK horse meat scandal.
  • (Re)incarnation and incorporation in and of organizations.
  • Pro-ana, pro-mia and fat acceptance organizations.
  • Organizational metaphors of the flesh: eg, the ‘lean organization’, a ‘meaty question’, ‘fleshing out an argument’, a ‘meat market’, ‘dead meat’ etc.
  • The use of animal skin for clothing and furnishings and the complex global differences of necessity versus excess.
  • The ethics and politics of organizing as understood through Agamben’s zoë (bare life) and bios (qualified life) … and so on.

This list is intended to be indicative only. Innovative interpretations of the call are encouraged. With its long tradition of inter-disciplinary approaches, C&O invites papers that draw insights and approaches from across a range of social sciences and humanities. In addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies. We also welcome papers from any disciplinary, paradigmatic or methodological perspective as long as they directly address the theme of flesh and organization.
Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

The editorial team for this special issue are: Ilaria Boncori (University of Essex), Jo Brewis (University of Leicester), Luigi Maria Sicca (University of Naples) and Charlie Smith (University of Leicester).

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gsco. You will have to sign up for an account before you are able to submit a manuscript. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 25, Issue 4) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the editors of this issue.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gsco20/current. Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 31st May 2018.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions. They can be reached via e-mail at: scosxxxv@gmail.com.

References

Butler, Judith. 1990. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.New York: Routledge, Chapman and Hall.
Foucault, Michel. 1977. “Power and Sex.” Telos 32: 152-161.
Hart, Lynda. 1998. Between the Body and the Flesh: Performing Sadomasochism. Columbia University Press: New York.
Kirby, Vicki. 1997. Telling Flesh: The Substance of the Corporeal. New York: Routledge.
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Moraga, Cherríe. 2015. “Introduction. Entering the Lives of Others: Theory in the Flesh.” In This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, fourth edition, 19. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Probyn, Elspeth. 2001. “Eating Skin.” In Thinking Through the Skin, edited by Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey, 87-103. London: Routledge.
Strati, Antonio. 2007. “Sensible Knowledge and Practice-Based Learning.”Management Learning 38 (1): 61-77.


Item 2: CfP LAEMOS 2018 IAE Business School Buenos Aires.
Sub-theme 06: Organizational Resilience and the Resilience of Corruption deadline for abstracts: September 30th 2017
Convenors:

David Arellano-Gault Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico. david.arellano@cide.edu
Lynne Baxter University of York, UK. lynne.baxter@york.ac.uk
Eric Breit Work Research Institute, Norway. Eric.Breit@afi.hioa.no
Thomas Taro Lennerfors Uppsala University, Sweden. lennerfors@gmail.com

Call for papers

Corruption, i.e. the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is undoubtedly a central problem to handle for organizations. Among others, corruption has the unpleasant characteristic of disrupting any pursuit of goods, such as poverty alleviation, equality, inclusion, human rights, and environmental conservation. Hence, there is a need for organizations to be resilient against corruption in order to protect and preserve democratic social, political and organization institutions.

However, because of inherent traits of corruption which together constitute the resilience of corruption, such organizational resilience is not easy. Corruption is often invisible, by being deliberately obscured and hidden by its participants. Corruption may also be psychologically externalized to some distant place or types of actors, a process which contributes to sustain images of purity and absence of corruption. Furthermore, corruption may be so open and taken for granted that authorities or other actors fail to take notice of it – for instance by being normalized, socialized and institutionalized as accepted behaviour. In fact, some forms of corruption may even beneficial to the functioning of organizations or to reach legitimate ends – consider for instance the dilemmas facing emergency aid organizations when needing to bribe officials to gain access to specific areas or to cross borders. Finally, corruption may also span across organizational boundaries. These issues make corruption extremely difficult to detect and to combat, and thus contribute to its resilience against efforts to fight it.

Organizational resilience against corruption may be understood in different ways. One way is through protecting organizations and its members against corrupt practices. Organizations, spanning from supra-national organizations to state governments to businesses, are therefore required to participate in the struggle against corruption. Often, anti-corruption takes on standardized forms, being a natural part of codes of conduct created by companies, industry organizations, and professional organizations. There is now even an ISO standard for anti-corruption (ISO37000). Another way of understanding resilience is through recovery in the aftermath of corrupt incidents or even mediatized scandals. For instance, responses to exposed scandals may turn into large scale cleansing programs; not only with the expulsion of unwanted elements, but with also an exponential growth of compliance staff.

Such efforts of organizational resilience are often difficult to perform in practice, and there are few guarantees that they will successfully handle the problem. One issue is that they are often (too) rigid; introduced rules may be inherently difficult to interpret, which leads to some uncertainty of individuals who need to relate to the rules. A result is that rules artificially separate a complex reality – a large “grey area” of corruption – into black and white areas. Another issue is that anti-corruption measures focus too extensively on fighting petty corruption, but fail to address grand corruption – perhaps the most elusive and resilient form of corruption. A third issue is the often symbolic nature of anti-corruption, which after initial attention and focus with time becomes vague and bland. A fourth issue is that anti-corruption responses may themselves increase bureaucracy; indeed, organizations may even become less resilient and flexible due to anti-corruption measures. For instance, in some organizations, employees have had to devise tricks and break rules to promote organizational goods.

Hence, in line with the general call for papers for this conference, the dominant interpretation of resilience involves rather rigid understandings of and responses to corruption. But are there more flexible ways to deal with the issue? Can one create vague anti-corruption rules and rather rely on the common sense of organizational members? Can judgment and autonomy become the base of anti-corruption rather than standards and rules?

In this subtheme, we aim to discuss the development and implications of organizational resilience to corruption, both theoretically and empirically. We also want to discuss how the apparent resilience of corruption as a phenomenon impact organizations and their practices. Corruption is in itself “in the interstices” and we encourage theoretical engagement drawing on knowledge from different fields. We also encourage a wide range of empirical and geographical loci for studying corruption, especially empirical studies from Latin America, to subvert the Western-centric dominance of academic discussions.

We would welcome papers which:

Explore the resilience of both of corruption and of anti-corruption practices in various empirical contexts and cultures
Describe and explain resilience both of corruption and of anti-corruption theoretically
Explore effective and less effective ways of creating organizational resilience against corruption
Organizations responses and their discontents: hypocrisy, window-dressing, lack of enforcement, contradictory standards, absurdity
Power relations in anti-corruption, the interplay within the organizational hierarchy as well as between core and periphery
Individual and group responses to organization wide forms of anti-corruption
Recovering after a corruption scandal: the Big Bang and beyond
Dealing with the uncertainty of potential corruption: the underlying threat in everyday organizational life
The grand and the petty – is anti-corruption not ambitious enough?
The semiology of corruption, both in countries/regions and organizations
Empirical studies which have attempted to create innovative ways to study corruption or anti-corruption outcomes
Case studies of successful anti-corruption organizations (i.e. CICIG in Guatemala) or successful organizational efforts to tackle the resilience of corruption
Submit your abstract on the website here: https://www.laemos2018.com/


Item 3: SCOS Board vacancies

At this year’s conference in Rome we reminded members that there are a number of vacancies that will become available on the board over the next year or two. While some great SCOSsers did let us know of their interest at the conference, this message is to make sure those who couldn’t make it to Rome can still nominate themselves! If any SCOSSers want to register interest in future vacancies on the board or request information about specific board positions, please contact the elections officer, Mary Phillips mary.phillips@bristol.ac.uk


Item 4: CfP Wabi-sabi (侘寂): Imperfection, incompleteness and
impermanence in Organisational Life

August 17-20 2018
Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan.

Don’t imitate me
It’s as boring
As the two halves of a melon

Matsuo Basho

Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

 

Wabi-sabi is an approach to life based on accepting the transience and imperfection of the world. As a Japanese aesthetic derived from Buddhism, wabi-sabi embraces the wisdom that comes from perceiving beauty in impermanence and incompleteness. What might such advocacy of the harmony to found in the flawed, faulty, and weathered have to do with formal organisations, obsessed as they seemingly are with continually striving for perfection? The very ideal of perfection, as an antithesis of wabi-sabi, is embedded in managerial efforts as diverse as striving for continuous improvement, setting ‘stretch’ targets, managing the performance of ideal employees, promoting organizational cultures of excellence, and even the romanticized perfect bodies of employees. Is it then the case that the managerial aesthetic of organizations is the antinomy of wabi-sabi?

The idea for this conference is to explore how the wabi-sabi aesthetic can offer a counterpoint to the forms of idealization that dominate so much of managerial and organisational thinking. This is an exploration of how ideas from an ancient Eastern tradition might fruitfully be brought to bear on organisational issues, challenges and problems, especially as they are dominated by Western intellectual habits and foibles. Wabi-sabi as a theme explores the imperfect idea of a dividing crack between ‘the East’ and ‘the West’ that we hope conference participants will illuminate with the sort of effervescent creativity and fluid thinking that have characterised SCOS and ACSCOS conferences in the past.

We invite submissions that consider any of the possibilities through which principles of transience and imperfection are present in, or can be made relevant to, organisational life. Central to this is how organisations have long been exemplars of containment that wilfully defy any recognition of the importance of transience, flux, and fluidity. The edifice of knowledge and its insistence on the reduction of difference and undecideability can, however, have disastrous political and social effects. Undoing the desire of such rock solid certainty might just prove to be essential for developing ethical openness to others. Is it then possible that wabi-sabi’s emphasis on transience and imperfection offers a path appreciating ethical relations and challenging oppressive organizational regimes that violate humanity?

The 2018 SCOS/ACSCOS Conference is a joint conference. For the first time the annual SCOS conference will be combined with the ACSCOS conference which was last held in Sydney in 2015. There is also another first, that SCOS has never before been held in an Asian/Pacific country. Pursuing these new dimensions to SCOS will ensure that it is a memorable experience. As part of this the local hosts at Meiji University have arranged numerous activities that we can participate in which will help all delegates directly experience wabi-sabi during the conference.

Contributions may find inspiration from the following list of potential themes:

• The desire for perfection in organisations, careers, and lives
• Mindfulness, organising, managing, leadership, and followership
• Western philosophy’s engagement with Eastern philosophy though, for example, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Irigaray, as well as Eastern philosophy’s engagement with Western philosophy, for example Nishida, Watsuji, and Yuasa, and its implications for organisations
• The idealization of Japanese management practice in Western management theory, in for example kanban (lean just-in-time process), jidoka (stop everything!), babyoke (automated mistake proofing), poka yoke (mistake proofing)
• Imperfection as a new organizational ideal
• Undecidability and the ethics of not-knowing
• Living imperfect lives at work
• Imperfection as lack, critiques of patriarchal organisation
• Western preoccupations with completeness and totality
• An organisational aesthetics of im/perfection and transience
• Eastern and Western ideals of beauty and cultural perfection
• Symbols of imperfection, imperfect bodies, the monstrous
• The politics and ethics of failure
• Impermanence and organising
• Global transitions and transience
• Simplicity and/or quietness in organizations
• Enlightenment (satori)
• Desolation and solitude or liberation from the material world
• Inspiration for wabi-sabi expressed in the arts (music, flower arrangement, gardens, poetry, food ceremonies)

Convenors
The conference is hosted by Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. The conference organizers are Masayasu Takahashi (Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan), Masato Yotsumoto (University of Nagasaki, Sasebo, Japan), Toshio Takagi (Showa Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan), Alison Pullen (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), Carl Rhodes (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), and Janet Sayers (Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand).

Abstracts
Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in pdf format, should be submitted as e­mail attachments by December 1st 2017 to scos2018@gmail.com. You may also direct any queries to this address. If you need a refereed conference paper in order to satisfy funding requirements for your travel please make this clear on your submission.

There are a limited number of bursaries available to assist students to participate in the conference. Please indicate on your abstract proposal if you are a student and if you wish to apply for a bursary.

Open stream
SCOS/ACSCOS 2018 will also have an open stream, allowing for the presentation of general papers that do not fit this year’s conference theme but are of interest to the SCOS/ACSCOS communities. Please identify “open stream” on your abstract, as appropriate.

Workshops
We also welcome proposals for longer sessions run in a workshop format. Outlines of workshops should be the same length as a paper abstract and should give an indication of the resources needed, the number of participants, the time required, the approach to be taken and the session’s objectives. Please identify “workshop” on your abstract, as appropriate.


Item 5: Scribbling for SCOS

As part of the conference in Rome, Antonio Strati gave a fabulous keynote which included some detailed reflections on the emergence of SCOS and some of the early conferences. Some of the early publications he mentioned are now on the website in the ‘archives’, and we hope to encourage SCOSsers past and present to submit their own reflections for the website in future. Writing would not be restricted to any particular format and could include photographs or other media. If you have something you would like to submit or if you have an idea you would like to explore, please contact Scott Lawley on scott.lawley@ntu.ac.uk  We would especially like to hear from new members or first-time attendees!

SCOS Update May 2017

Dear SCOSsers
my sincere apologies – it seems I did not correctly circulate last month’s newsletter as planned. We can only hope that with our new SCOS website email system we will employ soon, such human errors as not putting the list members in the address field will be compensated for by our amazing new technology!

My apologies have to go out especially to Jean-Luc Moriceau and Annette Hallin whose deadlines for inclusion in their events Accelerationism (22nd-23rd June at the American University, Paris) and After Methods have passed, but if you wish to contact them about attending those events they can be reached at: accelerationismAUP@gmail.com and at aftermethods@mdh.se respectively.

Please see below the list of items for this month:

  • Item 1: Upcoming SCOS Board VacanciesItem 2: New SCOS Website
  • Item 3: Materialism without Matter? Some Thoughts on the Notion of Materiality in Science and Technology Studies, University of Warwick 31st May.
  • Item 4: CfP The Dialectics of Liberation in an Age of Neoliberal Capitalism – International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference Oct. 26-28, 2017 (deadline May 30th)
  • Item 5: ECR/PhD summer school Creative Methods for Research and Comunity Engagement 6-8th July 2017, Keele University & New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

Best Wishes
Laura

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