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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


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

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


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

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


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.


David Arellano-Gault / CIDE – Mexico /

Lynne Baxter / University of York – UK /

Thomas Taro Lennerfors / Uppsala University – Sweden /

Toru Kiyomiya / Seinan Gakuin University – Japan /

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


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
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.
  • 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:
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
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:


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 ( – blue-sky thinking encouraged, anything is possible!

You can submit an abstract via this link:

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, 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 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: 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:


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

David Arellano-Gault Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City, Mexico.
Lynne Baxter University of York, UK.
Eric Breit Work Research Institute, Norway.
Thomas Taro Lennerfors Uppsala University, Sweden.

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:

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

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)

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 of no more than 500 words, in pdf format, should be submitted as e­mail attachments by December 1st 2017 to 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.

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  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: and at 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

Continue reading SCOS Update May 2017

SCOS Update March 2017

Dear Scossers

What a time to be thinking of sunny Rome and future heady debates among colleagues about meat and symbolism when faced with the wet bare branches of spring (or autumn if you’re in the antipodes) and the equally dreich global news updates every day! That said, the cherry trees are just coming into blossom here and promise joy to come. For those looking for some more joy in their academic pursuits there are a number of lovely items in today’s newsletter. I am a little sad, however, that I have not heard from many of our colleagues outside of the UK for items this month. If SCOSsers have any events or activities they would like to promote, in all parts of the world, please get in touch with details!


Laura ?

Item 1: CfP What’s new in Visual Ethnography @ 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium Deadline: 31st March

Item 2: Critical discriminations, critical oppressions … Critical MANagement Studies? VIDA event, Sunday 2nd July 2017

Item 3: Democratic Renewal in Civil Society Organisations Seminar at Nottingham Trent University 29th March 2017

Item 4: One day workshop “The Radical Rural: ‘peripheral’ geographies of migrant activism Exeter 5th July

Item 5: One Day Workshop “Organizing for the common good: revisiting performativity” 2st April, London

Item 6: Riding the Waves’ Future directions for feminism in management and business schools, 30th March 2017, Anglia Ruskin University, UK


Item 1: What’s new in Visual Ethnography @ 12th Annual International Ethnography Symposium Manchester 29th August-1st Sept 2017

Conference Website:

Full stream details:


Item 2

Critical discriminations, critical oppressions … Critical MANagement Studies?


An event organized by VIDA, the Critical Management Studies Women’s Association


FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ, UK

Sunday 2nd July 2017, 3–6 pm


“[U]niversities are particularly hard institutions to do diversity and equality work [in] because academics tend to think of themselves as “critical subjects,” and thus tend not to see themselves as part of a problem” (Ahmed, 2013).


This event is being organized at a time when we know that many CMS academics from all over the world will be in Liverpool, but it is not a CMS2017 conference event and you do not need to be a CMS2017 delegate to attend. It is inspired by our experiences as a group of CMS academics – VIDA – who identify as women, non-binary or gender non-conforming.


On our Facebook page[1] we have been discussing many of these experiences. One collection of issues that keeps recurring includes:

  • how cismen[2]who consider themselves CMS researchers all too often treat colleagues who are not cismen;
  • the kinds of academic labour that are valued within CMS – and, more significantly, those that are not;
  • manels[3]at CMS conferences and workshops; and
  • gender-exclusive curricula, reading lists and citation practices in critical management pedagogy and research.


These behaviours, practices and processes take many guises and happen in many places and spaces. They are enacted and reproduced by CMS academics (including ciswomen) whose writing – even activism – critiques precisely such behaviours, practices and processes. For us, Sara Ahmed’s term ‘critical sexism’ captures this collection of things perfectly. She defines it as follows: “the sexism reproduced by those who think of themselves as too critical to reproduce sexism. Critical sexism is not that different to uncritical sexism, then.” (Ahmed, 2015: 11). An alternative, used elsewhere, is the notion of ‘brocialism’, which refers to men who are “so in love with [their] own progressiveness or radicalness [they are] convinced [they] can do no wrong. This extends to being a sexist jerk”.


Importantly, Ahmed (2012: 212) has also written on critical racism, which she describes as the “racism produced by critical subjects who do not see the reproduction because of their self-assumed criticality”. Similar sorts of oppressive and discriminatory reproductions seem to us to be at work in CMS around ageism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and colonialism, at minimum. And these discriminations and oppressions of course also intersect with and exacerbate each other.


We want to use the event as a space in which we can discuss experiences of these critical discriminations and oppressions in CMS. The format will be confirmed as we draw nearer to the event itself, but the preliminary format is as follows:


  1. A short welcome and introduction to the event, including contributions from VIDAmembers about their own experiences of critical discriminations and oppressions in CMS.


  1. Break-out discussions in small groups for more consideration.


  1. No one will be asked to share the names of the people they are talking about (or indeed to share their experiences at all if they feel uncomfortable in doing so).


  1. In the last part of the event we will come back together to discuss how we can tackle critical discriminations and oppressions in CMS as a collective.


  1. We will offer everyone the opportunity to contribute an anonymized record of their experiences afterwards, but this is entirely voluntary. As Sara Ahmed suggests,


“To name something as sexist is already to begin building an archive: we are gathering different events, situations, incidents together through using this word. We are picking things up. What are we gathering? An archive of sexism might be an ‘archive of feelings’ to borrow Ann Cvetkovich’s expression, we are building an archive from how we are affected by something.” (2015: 10)


  1. The discussion element of the event will take a maximum of two hours, followed by a social. Refreshments will be provided.


The event is free to attend, but you will need to pre-register as we have an upper limit of 40 people and we need to book refreshments in advance. Please contact Jo Brewis ( and Sarah Gilmore ( to register or with any queries. Attendance is limited to those who identify as women and non-binary or gender non-conforming. The venue is a short walk from the Adelphi Hotel where CMS2017 is being held, and is easily accessible on foot from both Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street train stations.


“Because after all to name something as sexist is not only to name something that happens as part of a wider system (to refuse to give what happens the status of an exceptional event), but it is also to give an account of that something as being wrong and unjustifiable. To name something as sexist is not only to modify a relation by modifying our understanding of that relation; it is also to insist that further modification is required. When we say ‘that’s sexist,’ we are saying ‘no’ to that, as well as ‘no’ to the world that renders such speech or behaviour permissible …” (Ahmed, 2015: 9)


Sponsored by the University of Leicester School of Business



[1] Send a join request to

[2] People who were assigned a male sex at birth and define their gender as male.

[3] Panels consisting only of men.


Item 3

Democratic Renewal in Civil Society Organizations

ESRC Seminar Four – Nottingham Trent University


‘Democracy at Work: Organizing democratically’

Wednesday 29th March, 2017, 10:30-5, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University.


The event is free – please book here


Civil society organisations are often considered a good thing in and of themselves, contributing to making a more healthy and democratic society. Yet whilst attention is often focused on their external role, how they contribute to changing society, less attention is placed on their internal ways of organising. Indeed many civil society organisations are shaped by increase forms of business-like practices as they have to become more professional and managerial which can often result in them replicated many of the hierarchical practices that can leave them, at times, indistinguishable from their for-profit counter-parts.

This seminar will explore the possibilities of internal processes and practices through which civil society organisations arrange themselves in order to become more democratic. In particular it will look at different models and processes, which draw inspiration from anarchism and the alter-globalization movement through to political theory to examine not only why civil society organizations should consider working more democratically but also how to go about it.


Our confirmed speakers are:


Janet Dalziell, International People and Culture Director at Greenpeace International

Greenpeace International are one of the most innovative Civil Society Organizations combining activism with its public campaigning role. Over the last few years they have been through a fascinating restructuring programme designed to give more autonomy to local national and regional offices to be more responsive to their particular circumstances. Janet is a key architect of a major re-design of Greenpeace’s global operating model, focusing on the development of human capacity within the organization and aimed at making Greenpeace more effective in achieving just and sustainable global change to protect the environment.


Professor Ruth Kinna, and Dr Thomas Swann Loughborough University, will be discussing anarchism as a constitutional principle


Dr Ruth Yeoman, Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School and Kellogg College, University of Oxford, is an expert on mutuality and meaningfulness of work. Her book Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness, is published by Palgrave Macmillan


Dr Matt Wilson, Activist and anarchist and the author of Rules without rulers: The possibilities and limits of anarchism


Item 4:

The Radical Rural: ‘peripheral’ geographies of migrant activism

A one-day workshop to explore rural migrant activism

Organisers: Emma Marshall, Amanda Schmid-Scott, Jen Bagelman and Nick Gill

University of Exeter


There is a tendency for academics working across areas of migration, global justice and refugee activism to conduct fieldwork in ‘centralised’ geographical zones such as major cities and towns. Within academic debate, there is an overwhelming focus on migration hubs: prime dispersal sites for asylum seekers and refugees, or large cities where activist networks are well developed and include significant numbers of people. Thinking of our own position as scholar-activists based in Exeter, we hope to bring together a collective of academics and activists who see their work as taking place on the ‘margins’ and yet such spaces have gained political significance as “welcoming centres” (Mountz 2012; Coombs 2006). In this one day workshop we will examine what it means to be politically active in peripheral zones, how academic research might add to our understanding of the significance of seemingly ‘provincial’ (Chakrabarty, 2000) sites of study, and what it might mean to ‘activise’ – to energise towards activism – through the power of the provincial.

We welcome contributions in the form of 15 minute presentations that aim to explore how and why rural spaces are significant as sites from where state practices of border control can be contested, or where the politics of migration can be reshaped and reframed against negative mainstream discourse and anti-immigration rhetoric. We invite contributions from academics, activists or members of social movements that can help to identify what it means to work in marginal or peripheral spaces, or sites that may be referred to with terms such as ‘rural’, ‘provincial’ or ‘isolated’. We invite community groups, services or individuals to present on what they do and the significance of their work in these spaces. We also welcome academic contributions that draw on postcolonial, decolonial or feminist thought to reimagine what we think of as political spaces. We welcome contributions that take various forms: written papers, art, poetry, performance or film.

We will consider applications which focus on themes of rurality and migration and/or rurality and activism, and will endeavour to keep an equal balance between community-activist and academic-activist contributions. Out of the workshop, one of our aims is to produce a handbook offering information and practical support which might enable local activism to flourish in different rural communities and contexts.

Possible themes for contributions:

  • experiences of research with activist groups in peripheral zones (and the sites of study this might include e.g. rural spaces, immigration detention, remote/provincial/isolated places)
  • activist movements in the South West of England or other peripheral zones, and their future(s)
  • what it means to be politically active in peripheral zones/on the margins
  • what research in peripheral zones can contribute to scholar-activism and activist philosophies
  • how or why do peripheral zones of activism offer distinctive opportunities for broader social change
  • what can academics do to recognise the significance of activist movements in rural/peripheral zones
  • what might geographies of ‘radical rurality’ contribute to activist movements
  • what does it mean to mobilise the clandestine of the rural?

Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017, 10:00 – 16:30

Location: Exeter (exact venue to be confirmed)

To register interest please email a short proposal for your contribution (approx. 200 words) to Amanda and Emma: by 3rd April 2017.


Amanda Schmid-Scott (University of Exeter)

Emma Marshall (University of Exeter)

Professor Nick Gill (University of Exeter)

Dr. Jen Bagelman (University of Exeter)

With kind regards,

Amanda and Emma

Amanda Schmid-Scott | PhD Researcher Human Geography

Amory Building | University of Exeter | EX4 4RJ |  Profile

Twitter: @amandargscott


Item 5:

“Organizing for the common good: revisiting performativity”

We would like to invite you to submit a long abstract to our event at Cass Business School, City, University of London, on critical performativity.
Following the recent debate on Human relations and beyond, on April the 21st we are organizing a one-day workshop to foster the comprehension of the topic. The deadline for the event, called “Organizing for the common good: revisiting performativity”, is April the 1st.

The details of the event are available here:

Following this link you can register at the event:

Among the confirmed speakers, so far, there are Jean-Pascal Gond, Christopher Wickert and Hugh Willmott.
The event is free, and will cover the full afternoon.

I stay at your disposal for any further inquire.

Alessandro Niccolò TIRAPANI
MSc International management
MA International relations

PhD Candidate
Cass Business School
City, University of London


My work can be accessed on<>


Item 6:

Riding the waves? Future directions for feminism in management and business schools 

Jointly presented Anglia Ruskin University and Essex Business School’s Centre for Work, Organization and Society, with Prof Nancy Harding, University of Bradford

Anglia Ruskin University Rivermead Campus, PMI


Thursday 30 March 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm


The aim of this event is to open up discussion about the future prospects and possibilities associated with feminism in management and business schools.


Building upon the success of the workshop held at Bradford University School of Management in September 2016*, which explored differences and continuities between generations of feminists or ‘waves’ of feminism, this workshop seeks to continue the discussion, underpinned by a commitment to think through what we can learn from each other, and how we can better support each other in the environments in which we work, think and act.

In an era in which feminist thinking seems, on the one hand, to be becoming more popular (through for instance, the publicity attached to the UN HeforShe movement, or the recent protest marches across the world), at the same time, world leaders are being elected on the back of sexist campaigns and speeches that demean women and their bodies, and discrimination against women in the workplace remains widespread.

– What are the prospects of feminism within these changing contexts and challenging circumstances?

– What are our priorities as we respond, collectively and individually, to the many challenges associated with being a feminist in a management or business environment?

– Finally, what are the risks attached to feminist thinking and activism being co-opted by instrumental, organizational agendas? And how might we work to raise awareness of, and respond to, the rhetorical gap that exists between what organizations espouse, and what we experience in our everyday working lives?

Through paper presentations, open discussions, and a theatre workshop, this one-day event will aim to provide a supportive, inspirational and vibrant forum in which participants with diverse interests and from a wide range of backgrounds can explore these pressing questions.

* While anyone who attended the seminar at Bradford will be very welcome, participation in the earlier event will not be assumed or expected.

This is a free workshop but participants need to register as numbers will be limited.

Please use Eventbrite to book a place:

SCOS Update February 2017

Dear Scossers,
based on a few items I missed out of the last update, and the tendency for most new items to have an end of January deadline, I thought I’d contact everyone with a bit of an intermediate update. January is so busy! If it was up to me there wouldn’t be any deadlines in January, but then everything would be due at the same time… in the holidays!

Item 1 – SCOS Rome Conference ‘Carne’ – Final call for abstracts!

Item 2 – CfP Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty
Item 3 – Vernon Press is looking for reviewers
Item 4 – CfP CMS 2017 Stream 43: Critical Perspectives on International Development: New geographies of inequality and the reconfiguration of the ‘Global South’ and the ‘Global North’
Item 5 – Creative research methods for research and community engagement summer school for PhDs and ECRs
Laura ?
Item 1 SCOS 2017 in Rome ‘Carne’ – Final call for abstracts
With the usual apologies for cross-postings, please note our final call for abstracts due 30th January 2017. You can find the full Call for Papers here:
All conference enquiries can be addressed to
Item 2 Politics and Ethnography in an Age of Uncertainty
The 12th Annual Ethnography Symposium
University of Manchester: 30th August – 1st September 2017
CfP: (What’s New in) Visual Ethnography
Convenors: Harriet Shortt Un. of West of England; Garance Maréchal Un. of Liverpool;
Samantha Warren Un. of Cardiff. Stephen Linstead Un. of York;
In anthropological film icon Jean Rouch’s centenary year, we might well ask “what else is there left to say about visual ethnography?” Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, his collaborator on Chronicle of a Summer (the origin of cinema verité), pioneered a form of film-making that intervened in the life it observed. But in the field of management and organization studies, despite a great deal of discussion of the visual, we have not yet seen a flood of published empirical work emerge – there are still only a handful of articles available. This is certainly the case with researcher/participant generated imagery such as photo-voice studies, for example. So our first invitation is to those researchers who are engaged in real, active projects – finished or unfinished – to talk about real, active projects and to share what’s happening empirically.
We also want to ask “What makes visual ethnography visual?” (as opposed to just ethnography with still or moving images). Is it a matter of sensibility? Is the visual just a variety of sensuous ethnography? Is the idea of only five senses culturally bounded? How do senses like sound and vision combine in different media? What is the relation of the expressive power of the image to embodiment and affect? Can we “think” or theorise visually (Sinnerbrink 2011)? As JWT Mitchell (2007) provocatively tells us “there are no visual media” because it is a myth that it is only the eye that sees. Film philosophy following Bergson (1911) and Deleuze (1986,1989) has argued that visual understanding is cinematic, and this promotes the generation of a new kind of ethical relation – what Rob Sinnerbrink (2015) calls cinempathy – in which simultaneously seeing and feeling has moral consequences. Images and image sequences may reaffirm and/or resist dominant narratives, expose ideologies, and trigger the senses, engaging the violence, intensities, textures and rhythms of sensation. We are not merely disengaged producers and witnesses of these images, but are drawn into them and act as a result of them. Images both reveal and conceal, they also have political significance – they rarely only act as sources of evidence enabling the creation of documents accessing the ‘truth’ of social and organisational life. They can, for instance, to render visible the ‘invisibility’ of below the line production workers and other concealed labour within contemporary capitalist organisations. Is management and organization up to speed? What’s next?
Is visual ethnography defined by its use of augmented visual technologies? Carey Jewitt, Bella Dicks and Theo Van Leeuwen have argued for multimodal theorising ( What role does the visual play when we have GPS tracking, GoPro POV cameras (see Noah Baumbach’s  2014 feature film While We’re Young for a fascinating take on the ethics involved), the ability to film and photograph through pens and spectacles and phones?  We’re interested in the use of new forms of visual technology and digital media as method but also as a way of relating to lives and communities and new visually literate cultures of what Gregory Ulmer (2004) called videocy – forming and communicating through media such as Snapchat and instagram (that will probably be outdated by the time you read this!). There’s already a Selfies Research Network Do new forms of visually-enabled ethnography contribute to or contest the fetishisation of research practice? Are they more democratic and participatory? Do we know how to relate to others through technology rather than with (or even despite) technology?
Turning the lens back on ourselves – and our problematic role as authors or producers of images, much visual research implicitly or explicitly perpetuates a realist ontology but how does it relate to the textual and non-representational turn in anthropology since the 80s? Or John Mullarkey’s (2009) argument that film refracts rather than reflects reality? Have we properly digested sophisticated approaches like those of Roland Barthes (1981) and Victor Burgin to analyse the images  we and others produce, and the contexts of their production and consumption? How can a richer visual language be developed in organizational ethnography that isn’t just reproductive of the real but is also critical in rendering ‘visible’ key aspects of organizational life? What does this mean for our outputs in terms of narrative – as a means of creative non-fiction? Is it a matter of cultural performance, as Norm Denzin (2003) or Dwight Conquergood (2013) would advocate? If so, in what sense is image always political? How does visual authorship differ from textual authorship?
We will have facilities to show short films, stage exhibitions or include participative workshops as well as more traditional paper presentations. We invite any type of imaginative contribution that will help us to push back or even dissolve the boundaries of the understanding and practice of visual ethnography in the contested terrain of management and organization.
Barthes, R.(1981) Camera Lucida New York: Hill and Wang
Bergson, H. ((1998 [1911]).Creative Evolution, tr.,Arthur Mitchell, New York NY:  Dover
Burgin, V. (1982) Thinking Photography, Victor Burgin (ed.), [Burgin: Introduction, three essays, bibliography], London:Macmillan Press Ltd.
Conquergood, D. (2013) Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
Deleuze, G.    (1986), Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam (trs.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Deleuze, G.   (1989), Cinema 2: The Time-Image, Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta (trs.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Denzin, N. K. (2003) Performance Ethnography: Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture London: Sage
Mitchell, J.W.T. (2007). There are no visual media, in Grau, O. (ed.), Media Art Histories. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 395–406.
Mullarkey, J. (2009) Refractions of Reality: Philosophy and the Moving Image, Palgrave Macmillan,
Rouch, Jean. (2003) Ciné-Ethnography, edited and translated by Steven Feld. University of Minnesota Press,
Sinnerbrink, R. (2011) New Philosophies of Film: Thinking Images London: Continuum
Sinnerbrink, R. (2015) Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film  ondon Routledge
Ulmer, G. (2004) Teletheory : Grammatology in the Age of Video New York: Atropos Press; 2nd ed.
Please submit a 500 word abstract or proposal by Tuesday 28th February 2017 to Decisions on acceptance will be made by 30th March

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CfP CMS 2017 Stream 43: 
Critical perspectives on International Development: New geographies of inequality?
Fabian Frenzel1, University of Leicester
Peter Case, James Cook University and the University of the West of England
Arun Kumar, University of York
Mitchell W Sedgwick, London School of Economics and Political Science
In this stream we seek to build on Critical Management Studies’ (CMS) engagement with and
criticisms of international development, which we now know well, has been predicated on a
geographical schism. The ‘South’ has long been used as a shorthand term to describe ‘underdeveloped countries’2 ; that is, a global geography where those in need of development
resided. The ‘North’, on the other hand, is used to designate the developed nations or liberal
capitalist democracies. It has had, we are led to believe, the knowledge, history, resources,
and readily available templates on which the ‘Global South’ is expected to model its
‘development’. The geographical schism is also evident in CMS’ criticism of managerialism of
international development. Cooke, for example, terms management a ‘First World’ discipline
that in its morphed avatar of development management now functions in the ‘Third World’
as part of its development3. Of crucial importance here are constellations of meanings and
practices that revolve around the structural and discursive divisions between the so-called
‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’.
These divisions are now under challenge in a wide variety of ways. Living under neoliberal
capitalism in the aftermath of austerity, the so-called developed countries are witnessing
continuous and rising poverty, including in the USA, UK and, most notably of late, in
southern European nations (Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal). This is evidenced from rising
childhood poverty, ‘rough sleepers’ existing cheek and jowl with City bankers, the on-going
diminishing of public services, and growing calls for reducing global development aid. At the
same time, the global refugee crisis has brought large-scale camps and urban ‘slums’ to the
‘North’ (at Calais for example). As such, the United Nations has had to refocus its rescue and
relief operations to parts of Mediterranean Europe. Meanwhile, growing private wealth in
parts of India and China, for example, has done little for the redistribution of wealth. The
persistence of poverty in the ‘South’ has not distracted its nation-states from collaborating
for the New Development Bank, which requires us to re-think prior and long-standing global
developmental hierarchies. The rise of emerging economies and their growing prominence
in international development is hardly an endorsement of international development. But its
nation-states are increasingly challenging the legitimacy of Western-liberal capitalist
developmentalism, its universalizing discourse of human rights, and its INGOs operating
variously through the rhetoric of national sovereignty, security and interest.
In this Stream, we invite submissions that represent explicitly critical perspectives (historical
and contemporary) on global and incipient geographies of inequalities; and its implications
for, and challenges to, our conceptions of development and managerialism. We would
welcome contributions that deepen or widen CMS’s engagement with Development Studies,
more generally.
Indicative topics might include:
– Deconstructing the South/North divide
– Poverty eradication and its discourses; and their differences in the North/South
– Emerging forms of inequalities in the North/South
– Development and sustainability: conceptions, conflicts and convergence
– International Development Policy and Global Governance
– Relevance of Global Governance Institutions (G8, G20, UN, IMF, World Bank)
– Emergent International Development Institutions and their roles
– Geographies of ‘Corruption’
– Critical analyses of international development discourse(s)
– International development and critical project management studies
– Subaltern studies and postcolonial criticisms of international development
– Global, regional, and national inequalities.
The convenors would also welcome creative interpretations which challenge the boundaries
set by this call for papers.
Abstracts of up to 500 words can be sent to Deadline for submission of
abstracts for inclusion in the stream is 31st January 2017. Decisions will be communicated by
the Stream Convenors by February 15, 2017.
Please feel free to circulate this call far and wide. We look forward to seeing you in
1 Lead Convenor, email:
2 The convenors reject the implicit ideologies and agendas connoted by the terms ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ as they reproduce a ‘civilized/uncivilized’, ‘advanced/backward’, ‘modern/non-modern’ dualities which this stream is eager to challenge. Nonetheless, these concepts do form part of common parlance and it is important to acknowledge how, at a minimum, they align with the economics-language driven, neo-liberal discourse that drives international development in the contemporary world.
3 Cooke, B (2014) ‘Managing the (Third) World’, Organization 11(5): 603-629.
4 Formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank, where BRICS is an acronym standing for an association of so called ‘emerging economies’: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Item 5 Creative Methods for Research and Community Engagement Summer School
Creative Methods for Research and Community Engagement Summer School
6-8 July 2017, Keele University

PhD students and Early Career Researchers are welcome at this event organised by the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC) at Keele University.

The Summer School will be held in central England at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (6-7 July) and Keele University campus (8 July), where you will experience the KAVE ( and our Makerspace facilities (


The facilitator will be Dr Helen Kara, author of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide. Speakers will include:

  • Professor Mihaela Kelemen – CASIC Director
  • Dr Lindsay Hamilton – Keele Management School, Keele University
  • Véronique Jochum – Research Manager, National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Dr Emma Surman – Keele Management School, Keele University
  • Dr Ceri Morgan – School of Humanities, Keele University
  • Professor Rajmil Fischman – School of Music, Keele University
  • Sue Moffat – Director of New Vic Borderlines, New Vic Theatre

 The Summer School will enlighten, inspire and guide ECRs and students at all stages of scholarly or professional doctorates. Each day will be packed with interactive hands-on sessions addressing six broad topics:

  • Arts-based research
  • Transformative research frameworks
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Knowledge co-production
  • Research using technology
  • Writing creatively for research


We are offering an “early bird” price of £230 for bookings received and paid by 21 April. After that date the price will be £270. The cost includes refreshments and lunches and a complimentary copy of Dr Kara’s book on creative research methods.


There will be a dinner and performance of ‘Around the world in 80 Days’ at the New Vic Theatre on July 6th, at an extra cost of £20.


For more information go to


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SCOS Update January 2017

Dear Scossers,

Happy New Year for those marking the turning of the season with the Gregorian calendar! Let 2017 be a year of excellent things for you all! Of course as only one cultural form of organization, your perspective on the December to January transition as a marker of the passage of Χρόνος may differ. In the Southern hemisphere the days begin to grow shorter while in the North we hope for the return of the light; yet for those in office blocks and airport terminals the lighting may mean little at all. Indeed, you may instead be searching for καιρός – of which the moments highlighted through this newsletter may be opportune!*
Item 1: C&O Special Issue: The Animal (submission deadline 20th March 2017)
Item 2: SCOS 2017 in Rome ‘Carne’ (extended deadline 30th January 2017)
Item 3: Critical MANagement Studies pre-CMS 2017 workshop
Item 4: CfP “Crises of meaning at the fringes of economy” CMS 2017
Item 5: CfS Leicester Workshop on co-working dynamics and the city

Continue reading SCOS Update January 2017

SCOS Update December 2016

Dear Scossers,

Some fabulous updates for you this month, many relating to the CMS conference next summer in Liverpool, UK. Instead of including all the CMS Stream Calls as separate items, these have been collated in a single item for you. But our most important announcement is a stay of execution for those desperately beavering away to draft abstracts for the SCOS conference in Rome! The deadline for this has been extended to 31st January to allow you to enjoy all of your December ‘carne’ prior to submission if needs be.

Item 1: Many streams at CMS would love your submissions!
Item 2: SCOS Rome extends deadline to 31st January 2017
Item 3: C&O Special Issue:The Animal upcoming deadline of 20 March 2017
Item 4: Special Issue of Society and Business Review on Ethics and Relatedness of Writing
Item 5: New SCOS website imminent

Continue reading SCOS Update December 2016

SCOS Update November 2016 Addendum

And the content keeps rolling in SCOSSers! A few addendum items to our most recent mailing.

supplement 1 Professor of Organization Studies vacancy in Utrecht
supplement 2 CfP Special Issue in Organization Studies
supplement 3 CfP Philosophy of Management Special issue God/god and management
supplement 4 CfP Journal of Genius and eminence -The Hero’s Journey: A Tribute to Joseph Campbell and his 30th Anniversary of Death
supplement 5 CfP CMS 2017 Conference stream Emotions, objects and meaning in organizations

Continue reading SCOS Update November 2016 Addendum

SCOS Update November 2016

Dear SCOSsers,

So many lovely items this month! I have split the digest into calls for papers and events, followed by advertised job positions.

In calls for papers and events we have:
Item 1 : C&O CfP The Animal, (deadline 20 March 2017)
Item 2 : Reminder of SCOS 2017 ‘Carne’ CfP, (deadline 2 December 2016)
Item 3 : GWO CfP Gender, work, organisations and nonhuman animals, (deadline 28th February 2017)
Item 4: Critical MANagement studies? VIDA CMS fringe event on 2nd July 2017 (free!)
Item 5: Ephemera CfP ‘Repair matters’ (deadline 30th April 2017)
Item 6: Art of Management 2018 CfS, (deadline: 27th May 2017)
Item 7: GWO Sydney 2018 CfS, (deadline: 1st June 2017)

In Jobs and vacancies we have:
Item 8: Multiple Vacancies in Bristol
Item 9: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer post at the Open University

Continue reading SCOS Update November 2016