Conference on Organizational Discourse – Call for Papers

2012 findet wieder die International Conference on Organizational Discourse in Amsterdam statt. Für alle Diskursinteressierten im Bereich Organisationsforschung und darüber hinaus kann ich die Tagung nur empfehlen. Die Größe ist überschaubar, die Beiträge oft gut, die Atmosphäre freundlich und Amsterdam ist immer eine Reise wert …

Call for Papers VU University, Amsterdam, Wednesday 18th July-Friday 20th July, 2012

The biannual Organizational Discourse Conference celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. In the past two decades -discourse analysis‘ has firmly established itself as a topic of interest, an analytical perspective informing a variety of critical theoretical approaches, and a methodology for organizational research. A discursive approach has been widely adopted in a variety of subfields. In the 10th Conference we take the opportunity to critically reflect on the contribution of organizational discourse to some of these fields in which -discourse‘ is frequently invoked as a frame of analysis, such as culture and collaborative practices, power and identity processes, discourse and institutional change, diversity and distinction-drawing, and materiality and embodiment.

The substantive theme for the 2012 conference – Processes, Practices and Performance – refracts a range of analytic themes which have come to characterise process approaches to organizational analysis. Discourse analytical approaches are particularly well suited to address repeated calls (i) to develop our understanding of the discursive aspects of organizing or organization as an emergent process and illustrate how such processes sustain, disrupt or transform institutionalized power asymmetries; (ii) to bring everyday work practices and the more mundane, day-to-day aspects of organizing back into organizational analysis in order to illuminate how social action contributes to the creation and re-creation of the institutional realm; and (iii) to explore the relationships between discourse and the material, textual and bodily performances at work and organizational actors‘ -dramaturgical‘ presentations of their individual and collective -selves‘ in different arenas.

Plenary Speakers: Eero Vaara; John Van Maanen; Samantha Warren.

The submission date is 12th January 2012. Notification of acceptance of papers will be given by 1st March 2012. Abstract (1000 words max) should be sent as an email attachment (saved as a Word document) to For full details see conference website:

Organizers: Ida Sabelis, Sierk Ybema, Nic Beech, Cynthia Hardy, Tom Keenoy, Cliff Oswick, Robyn Thomas Institutions: VU University, Cardiff Business School, Cass Business School & University of Melbourne

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