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Posthumanist Management & Posthumanist Organizing: History or Becoming?

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This workshop will explore posthumanist ontologies and metaphysics in the context of Management & Organization Studies

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Posthumanism is now pervading the Management and Organization literature. Sociomaterial,processual, feminist and actor-network theories have, among others, fostered the ascent ofposthumanist stances. Posthumanism is often defined as a post-humanism and a post-anthropocentrism: it is “post” to the concept of the human and to the historical occurrence ofhumanism, both based on hierarchical social constructs and human-centric assumptions(Braidotti, 2013). Thus, posthuman research practices rely on a principle of post-exclusivismthat offers a reconciliation of existence in its broadest significations, by rejecting any frontaldualism or antithesis between the nature, the human, the animal, and the technological, and on aprinciple of post-exceptionalism according to which the human thought is relative and situated(Braidotti, 2016). Some important questions emerge from this. What is the relationship betweenhumanism, posthumanism and phenomenon such as subjects, subjectivity or subjectivation? Isthere as space or a temporality for subjectivation processes in the posthumanist move? Is thismove a historical momentum (‘we’ are becoming more and more posthumans as stressed byHayles, 1999)? What was (and still is) the role of cybernetics in this movement (de Vaujany andMitev, 2017)? How to conceptualize emotions and affects from a posthumanist ontology? Howto rethink organizational and managerial practices from a posthumanist stance (Gherardi, 2016,2019)? To what extent are or should become organization theories posthuman(ist)? For this 12th OAP, we want also to explore contemporary phenomenon such as ArtificialIntelligence (AI), blockchains, new ways of working and organizing, new research methodsgiving a voice to objects and material agencies, and all trends obviously mixing human and non-human realms. What is the relationship between logics of control and surveillance incontemporary organizations and posthumanism as a doctrine, metaphor or philosophy? How todescribe posthumanist organizing processes? How to conceptualize posthuman management?What are the ethical issues related to it? How to elaborate a new ethic overcoming traditionalsubjects-based visions of ethics? What prospects does the Deleuzian body without organs offerto posthuman(ist) inquiries? Do managers really need to work on new “modes ofsubjectivation”, as suggested by Foucault in his later writings?

More details here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354254236_Call_for_Papers_Posthumanist_Management_Posthumanist_Organizing_History_or_Becoming_12_th_Organizations_Artifacts_and_Practices_OAP_Workshop_OAP2022

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The first OAP workshop was launched in May of 2011 at Université Paris-Dauphine with the goal of facilitating discussions among scholars from various disciplines (e.g. management, anthropology, sociology, organization studies, ergonomics, philosophy, psychology…) who collectively share an interest in Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the context of organization, organizing and work practices.

OAP deals with topics such as Ontologies, Materiality, Technology, Practices, Sociomateriality, Performativity, Iconography, Process, Time, Space, Legitimacy, Symbolic artifacts and Managerial Techniques in the context of organization, organizing and work practices. It draws on various theoretical and ontological perspectives (phenomenology, pragmatism, institutionalism, design, post-Marxism, critical realism, among others).

For more information: workshopoap@gmail.com or http://workshopoap.dauphine.fr

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