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11th International Critical Management Studies Conference

The Open University Business School's Department for People and Organisations is excited to host the 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference 2019, in collaboration with VIDA. The theme of the conference will be around “Precarious Presents, Open Futures”.

In this spirit, we are enthusiastic in our desire to foster discussions, papers, installations and interventions regarding what it means for societies and organisations to be “open” in the 21st century. This includes, but it is not limited to:

  • how being open is under attack by renewed discourses of individualised privilege and “closure”.
  • what currently constitutes a radical or even revolutionary form of political, economic, historical, and ethical openness in organisations and management, and the possibilities of what this could look like in the future. 

We are thus interested in critical interventions that explore timely and new concepts such as:

  • digital inclusion
  • decolonising data management
  • 'trans-human' management
  • open sourced organisations
  • virtual progress
  • global solidarity
  • mobile organising

These themes all critically interrogate the ways that technologies and emerging forms of organisation can subvert established identities, processes and practices, values / ideals and open up space for new and marginalised voices to shape the present and future. Just as importantly, we are committed to “opening up” how a conference is organised and managed – inviting collaborative and creative spaces for constructing knowledge sharing between academics, activists, practitioners, artists, and policy makers.

Call to Participants

Professional Development Workshop CMS 2019

The issues, perils, and opportunities of publishing critical work in mainstream national and international newspapers: learning how to speak the language.
Convenors: Katie Beavan, Alessia Contu and Charlotte Karam

Are you called to change the world and not just to interpret it? Are you an intellectual activist? Do you want to get your voice out in the service of social justice? Are you struggling with the how? Are you afraid of getting your fingers burned? This PDW is designed as a capacity building intervention to help more of us get critical voices into mainstream press ethically and effectively, in ways which speak truth to power facilitating critical reflexivity and stimulating progressive discourses on organizational and social change. 

We invite all those who are interested to join us on for an exciting hands-on workshop. Download the full document for more information and details on how to register. The registration deadline is 31 January 2019.

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Workshop: The pervasive problem of sexual harassment CMS 2019

The pervasive problem of sexual harassment: Naming and sharing latest research and institutional action

Convenors: Charlotte KaramBanu Ozkazanc-Pan, Alison Pullen, Adriana Rampazo, Juliana Teixera

Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem experienced by individuals in a variety of contexts including in higher education, housing, workplaces, public spaces, and online. This workshop brings together CMS colleagues to discuss the transnational prevalence of sexual harassment across spaces and places. Download the full document for more information.

Places are on a first come, first served basis. Please register for this workshop by 15 June 2019.

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Abstracts for streams should be sent to the e-mail address specified in the relevant stream‘s call for papers, not to the OUBS-CMS2019 event address. The deadline for abstract submission is 31st January 2019. Please also submit abstracts in Word format only.

  1. An uncertain future for health and social care? 
  2. Between subjugation and emancipation:  Recognizing the power of recognition
  3. Critical Accounting Studies (CAS)
  4. The meaning of (big) data: A critical assessment of datafied norms and practices for equality and diversity in organisations
  5. When Critical Management Scholars Become Managers
  6. Reproductive life stages and intersections with work/organizations
  7. Beyond neo-liberal practices as a response to the crisis: Positive lessons and examples in the light of an alternative welfare model in terms of employment and HRM
  8. The craft of belonging at work: Rethinking openings, closings, precarity and security
  9. Critical Organization History
  10. Inventing the future of work in health and social care
  11. Flexible working arrangements – boundary work or boundless work?
  12. Practices and strategies of ignorance
  13. Contending materialities and affective relations in work and organisation – Exploring the ethics and politics of new materialist thinking
  14. The intimacy of dis/organization and mis/management - Exploring relations of order and disorder in critical organization and management studies
  15. Critical Entrepreneurship Studies: Destabilizing and Transgressing Mainstream Entrepreneurship
  16. Reimagining Organization through Critical Animal Studies
  17. Problematising the Recolonization of Decolonial Scholar-Activism: Whiteness, Neoliberalization and the Threat of Co-optation within the New Spirit of Liberal Openness
  18. Inclusions and exclusions in the digital world: meanings, challenges, opportunities
  19. Dispossessed Presents, Open Futures: Deconstructing narratives of developmentalism and modernization
  20. Give Us a Break! Fitness, Precarity and the ‘Open’ Future in Corporate Performance Cultures
  21. The public health effects of precarity in and around knowledge-based organisations
  22. Feminist Frontiers
  23. The pervasive problem of sexual harassment: Naming and sharing latest research and institutional action
  24. Organizations and Activism: From Precarious presents to Open Futures
  25. The making of an ECR: What does it take to be an ECR today?
  26. Mapping gender conformities, challenges and changes in sport and sport management: Policies, contexts, practices, actors, and interactions
  27. Opening futures: people organized to struggle against oppression
  28. Doctoral Students and Early Career Researchers stream
  29. Political parties: organising for change?
  30. Public services and the end of knowledge? 
  31. Queering the future of queer in business, management and organization studies
  32. Being Open to Care, Being Open about Care: Working Motherhood under Neoliberalism  
  33. Academic failure’: Challenging how academic career success is understood, and imagining alternatives
  34. Undermining the Fortresses of Socioeconomic Disparities Through Critical Accounting and Management Research
  35. Disabling presents, enabling futures? Ableism and the idea of ‘normality’ in the context of organizational and technological transformations 
  36. Critical Perspectives on Transparency, Accountability, Governance and Corruption Control
  37. Creaturely ethics and poetics: vibrant possibilities of human-animal organization and culture
  38. Opening up the gender continuum

News and announcements

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker at the conference will be Dr. Priyamvada Gopal of the University of Cambridge. There will also be a plenary session showing the film Educating Rita with a panel made up of Open University academics.

We expect registration to open in late February-early March 2019.

Further information will follow soon including workshops, installations, interventions and other events.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 17:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
CMS Event Team

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