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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

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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)


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[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

Vernon Press Call for reviewers

Do you enjoy reading books in economics, social science, humanities? Join our community of book reviewers!

To join you must be an expert in one of the areas we publish ( ) and be prepared to review at least one book every two years:

Benefits of joining

* Get to read and keep carefully pre-selected works, including cutting-edge research.
* Help fellow scholars develop their work into high-standard, high-impact contributions and be acknowledged for it.
* Get advance notice of exciting publication opportunities, occasional competitions and prize draws.
* First-time reviewers receive a small honorarium ($50) and deep discount on other titles.
* Experienced scholars may propose new series and receive additional benefits for their role as Editors (subject to publisher approval).
* Young scholars receive support from the publisher and fellow community members and gain valuable experience in the process of peer review.

To join please send a brief message expressing interest to: In your message please mention your full name, academic affiliation, area(s) of expertise, and provide either a paragraph-long biographical note (and/)or a list of publications.

( More detailed information on this call at: )

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


Please follow #CRMSS17 on Twitter for pre-event updates.

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

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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

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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

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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

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SCOS Update October 2016

Dear SCOSSers,

Summer is leaving us and the new academic year has well and truly started for most. When I think about our little exercise in Uppsala where we discussed the ‘parts’ of SCOS I wonder if this time of the year is the ‘lungs’, when we breathe fresh air into our thinking. Or perhaps we are only blowing hot air out at our students! One has to wonder where our bluster might be taking us, and what role SCOS might have in advocating serious fun as a ‘wind of change’ in knowledge production…reflections on the Facebook group welcome.

Item 1: CfP EGOS 2017 Copenhagen, sub-theme 22 “Organizations, Language/s and Mobility/ies” Deadline Jan 9thItem 2: C&O Anxiety and Organization deadline reminder 28th October
Item 3: VIDA manifesta
Item 4: New issue of ephemera out now on consumption of work and the work of consumption

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SCOS Update September 2016

Dear Scossers,

It was so fabulous to see so many new and traditional faces at the SCOS conference in Uppsala. I hope all who attended had a great time and found the animal theme as inspiring as I did. Following the theme, there is now a CfP for Culture and Organization which many of you may wish to consider as an outlet for your research. I hope for many of us, this SCOS was unforgettable, not only thanks to hellan gore, but also Bob Monkhouse!
For all the new members, please send any items for circulation on the mailing list to me for inclusion in our digest, and you can also find many SCOSsers on social media such as Facebook to continue the fabulous ideas and inspirations from previous and future conference themes. It’s also a great place to swap articles, poetry, art and a variety of other materials!

Check out these five fantastic items for you today:

Item 1: Next SCOS conference in Rome. Theme: Carne
Item 2: Workshop on Waste at Lund University
Item 3: Ethnography Workshop in Manchester, UK
Item 4: Culture & Organisation CfP Special Issue on the Animal, submit by March 2017!
Item 5: Plan ahead – SCOS is going to join ACSCOS in Japan in August 2018!

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