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6th RGCS Symposium: Space of play - Dividing, intertwining or flowing the spaces?

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It is with great honor and pleasure that the city of Montpellier, the Montpellier Research in Management laboratory (MRM) and the University Institute of Technology (IUT Montpellier-Sète) will host the sixth RGCS (Research Group on Collaborative Spaces) symposium on January 20 and 21, 2022.

IMPORTANT: Due to hte pandemic restrictions, the event will be held entirely online

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Researchers, practitioners, activists, students who are members and supporters of the collective and everyone interested in those topics are invited to exchange about the politics and managerialisation of space(s). We invite all future participants (researchers, students, practitioners, activists...) to broaden the circle of knowledge through theoretical, empirical and creative studies in organizational and work sciences, but also on all forms of art.

Main topics:

(1) Separating the spaces: the first section of this symposium questions the compartmentalization of spaces and their functions within society; whether it is the distinction between work and leisure, public and privatized, political and apolitical, reflection and action, activity and contemplation (Arendt, 1958)

(2) Flowing the spaces: the second section of this symposium uses the spatial and temporal lens to analyze organized social relations. The proposals of other spaces forged in the utopian and dystopian imaginaries, represent counter-spaces and question their interactions, their crossings and frictions with their past, present and future environments.

(3) Working the spaces: in this third section, we want to explore the different aspects of work (hackers, makers, communities, digital nomads, remote-workers, activists, artists) and their impact on the organizational transformation and social relations articulation.

(4) Imaging the spaces: the final section looks at the place of art, poetry and dreams in the study of organizations. Thus, utopian/dystopian proposals, by denouncing or valuing our modes of society, come to reduce the gap between the possible and the impossible

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The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)* has been set up in November 2014. It is an independent network and is focused on work and workplace transformations in the context of the collaborative economy. It is focused on collaborative spaces, in particular coworking spaces (external or corporate), maker spaces, fab labs and hacker spaces. Studies related to RGCS cover the social, political, managerial, digital and spatial dimensions of collaborative spaces and collaborative experiences.

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