SCOS Update April 2018

Dear Scossers,

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

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

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

Item 3 – Call for Sub-theme proposals CMS 2019

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

Item 5 – Senior Lecturer vacancy at UWE



Item 1: GDPR and SCOS

Dear SCOS members

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

What personal data do we have on members?

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

Who can access this information?

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

What is this data used for?

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

Changes in practice

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

What do I need to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and the Call For Papers, please see the workshop webpage:

Item 3 – CMS 2019 Call for sub-theme proposals

The 11th International Conference in Critical Management Studies



Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

27th – 29th June 2019




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

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

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at 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 5 – Vacancy at UWE

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies (Leadership and Change)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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