SCOS Update March 2018

Dear Scossers

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

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

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

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

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

Best Wishes


Item 1 C&O CfP ‘Carne’

CARNE – Flesh and Organization

Call for papers for a special issue of culture and organization

volume 25, issue 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial team, submission and informal enquiries

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

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the ScholarOne Culture and Organization site at 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 – TaPRA Workshop

Reaching | Outreaching

Loughborough University London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

9 June 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lunch and refreshments are included.

Please send 250-word proposals and a short bio to Fred Dalmasso (, Kélina Gotman ( and Daniela Perazzo Domm ( by 20 April 2018. Participants will be notified by 4 May 2018.

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

Item 3 – CASIC Summer School

Second International CASIC Summer School

on Co-production and Community Engagement

7-9 June 2018

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

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

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

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

For further information contact Liz Riley

Bursaries Available

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

Some testimonials from last year’s participants

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

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

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

Further testimonials can be seen here

Speakers and facilitators include

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

The full programme can be viewed here.

To book your place please follow this link.

Item 4 – Crafting and growing web content for

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