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Call for papers Sub-Theme 05: Organizing Resilience: In, Against, Despite and Beyond Capital, LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, March 22-24

Call for papers Sub-Theme 05: Organizing Resilience: In, Against, Despite and Beyond Capital, LAEMOS 2018, Buenos Aires, March 22-24


Ana C. Dinerstein

Luciana Ghiotto

F. Harry Pitts

Patrizia Zanoni

*Deadline abstract submission (up to 1000 words): September 30, 2017.*

Extract from the CfP:

„This stream welcomes submissions that recode the concept of resilience away from survival within the present organisation of work and economic life, towards the development of alternatives ‘in, against and beyond’ capitalism. In critical management studies, resilience is associated with resistance within organizations and how working place resistance relates to other spheres in civil society (Spicer and Böhm 2007). Social movement organizations’ role is regarded as the ‘sites’ for the creation of novel organizational subjectivities and ethical practices’ (Munro, 2014: 1127). This approach demands to ‘reposition organization theory’ towards an anti-hegemonic approach (Böhm 2006: 104) that links critical organization studies with developments in anti-capitalist movements towards the renewal of organization studies (Reedy, 2014: 652) in the direction of utopia (on this see Parker –ed. 2002).“

You can find the full CfP as well as the other streams of the conference at the conference website:

CfP – DISSENSUS! RADICAL DEMOCRACY AND BUSINESS ETHICS. Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics


Submission Deadline: 4 June 2018


Carl Rhodes, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Iain Munro, Newcastle University, UK.

Torkild Thanem, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia.


In an era of prolonged financial crisis, political instability and worldwide injustice, the economic and ethical legitimacy of corporate power requires continued challenge. Scandal after scandal has revealed corporations showing little regard for the institutions of liberal democracy. Whether it be tax evasion, law breaking, political lobbying or outright corruption, corporations are content to flout notions of justice, equality and freedom in an escalating pursuit of profit (see Barkan 2013; Brown 2015). Liberal democracy promises opportunity and inclusion, yet democratic states are complicit in strengthening the power of the corporations they glorify as wealth creators and job securers. In ‘post-democracy’ (Crouch, 2004) politics revolves around the conflated interests of corporations and politicians, reinforcing injustice and inequality on a global scale and resulting in poverty, torture, trafficking, imprisonment, and death. This special issue will investigate and challenge this state of affairs by exploring business ethics as it relates to ‘radical democracy’ (Mouffe, 1996; Robbins, 2011). This is democracy conceived as an ethical alternative to the potent marriage of the liberal democratic state and corporate power. As Rancière (2015) explains, the political dissensus required for democracy bears witness to marginalized voices excluded from the prevailing status quo. Such dissensus also enacts a particular ethics rested in the radical questioning and subversion of the totalizing tendencies of power. In response to what Ziarek (2001) has called ‘the ethics of dissensus’, the political task is to fight against the powers, injustices and inequalities that affect people not just politically, but also materially. This ethics goes beyond the questioning of corporate power, and projects us towards trajectories where people already live and work independently of the corporate-government complex. The ethics and politics of dissensus becomes the radically democratic alternative, directed towards sustainable futures at the level of life itself.


Papers are called for which explore the ethics and politics of radical democracy as it manifests in dissensus and the subversion of corporate power by alternative democratic practices and realities. This is no fantasy, it is witnessed by struggles in domains as diverse as environmentalism, agriculture, affective labour, domestic work, craftwork, art, and the hacker ethic of the open source community. Acknowledging that contemporary politics have created an inverse relationship between corporate power and democracy, we seek to consider the character of this inversion, how it has been resisted, and the alternatives to it. We do not just ask whether democratic alternatives to the liberalistic reign of corporations, markets and corporate governments are possible, but how they are and can be realized. Required is a profound ethico-political engagement; a struggle that moves from critique, to resistance, to alternative realities. This evokes, in Spivak’s (1993) words, an ‘impossible intimacy of the ethical’ that strives for a genuine respect of the value of difference. Such intimacy can also invoke a politically aware and democratic business ethics built on the potential of dissent, alterity and critique as a means of refusing hegemony of all types. Papers might consider, but are by no means limited to, the following topics:

• The effects of Free Trade Agreements and trade wars on democracy.

• Spaces, places and strategies for ethicso-political democratic dissent.

• The politics, ethics and aesthetics of dissensus, through feminism and critical race theory.

• The ethico-political struggle for alternative ways of life, work and organization in the context of global and nationalist capitalism.

• Alternative economies and the subversion of free market liberalism.

• The development of a heterodox management studies to better imagine alternatives within the field of management studies.

• The ‘depoliticization’ of theory and academic work more generally

• The praxis, organization and effectiveness of anti-corporate movements.

• Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility as anti-democratic forms of corporate consensus.

• Inequality, difference and class struggle.

• Critiques of corporate sovereignty, justice and dissent.

• Tensions between the materiality of democracy, neoliberal rationality and neoconservative ideology.


Authors should refer to the Journal of Business Ethics website for instructions on submitting a paper and for more information about the journal: Submission to the special issue by 4 June 2018 is required through Editorial Manager at: Upon submission, please indicate that your sub- mission is to this Special Issue. Questions about potential topics and papers should be directed to the guest editors.


Barkan, J. (2013) Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government Under Capitalism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Brown, W. (2015) Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution, New York: Zone Books.

Crouch, C. (2004) Post-Democracy, Cambridge: Polity.

Mouffe, C. (1996) Dimensions of Radical Democracy: Pluralism, Citizenship, Community. London: Verso.

Rancière, J. (2015) Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, London: Continuum

Robbins, J. W. (2011) Radical Democracy and Political Theology, New York: Columbia.

Spivak , G. (1993) Outside the Teaching Machine, London: Routeldge.

Ziarek, E. P. (2001) Postmodernity, Feminism and the Politics of Radical Democracy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Die Genossenschaft – Bürgerschaftliches Engagement soll leichter werden. Feature im Deutschlandfunk

Ein instruktives Feature über Genossenschaften als mögliche Form (nicht nur) bürgerschaftlichen Engagements und über geplante Veränderungen im Sinne von Vereinfachungen der Genossenschaftsprüfung. Angesichts der nicht zuletzt durch die Prüfung bedingten niedrigen Insolvenzrate von Genossenschaften ein nicht unproblematisches Unterfangen …

Hier geht es zur Sendung und zum Podcast:

Selbstverwaltende Betriebe: die Glashütte Süßmuth – ein Essay von Christiane Mende

„Im März 1970 übernahm zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik eine Belegschaft ihren Betrieb in eigene Verantwortung. Angesichts des drohenden Verlusts ihrer Arbeitsplätze fanden die Beschäftigten damit eine kollektive Antwort, wie sie im letzten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts auch in anderen Industriegesellschaften Westeuropas, allen voran in Italien, Spanien und Frankreich, zu beobachten war. Die nun beginnende Selbstverwaltung der Glashütte Süßmuth in der nordhessischen Kleinstadt Immenhausen wurde zum Politikum.“

Quelle: Christiane Mende: Arbeiterinnenselbstverwaltung? Normalität und Aufbruch im Arbeitsalltag der Belegschaftseigenen Glashütte Süßmuth, in: Themenportal Europäische Geschichte, 2017, <>.)

Christiane Mendes Essay beleuchtet den Fall dieser Betriebsübernahme insbesondere aus der Perspektive der weiblichen Beschäftigten, deren Arbeitsbedingungen und Mitbestimmung während der Zeit der Betriebsübernahme.

Die Selbstverwaltung bestand bis Ende der 1989, dann erfolgte eine Reprivatisierung. 1996 wurde die Hütte geschlossen. Weitere Informationen zur Glashütte findet sich in einem Artikel aus der ZEIT von 1973 sowie in einem Text von Gisela Notz:

New ephemera Special Issue on ‚Organizing for the post-growth economy‘

From the announcement:

The ephemera special issue on Organizing for the post-growth economy (vol. 17, no. 1) is now available at and in print.

Special issue editors: Christian Garmann Johnsen, Mette Nelund, Lena Olaison and Bent Meier Sørensen

Perpetual economic growth is an underlying assumption of the contemporary organization of capitalist society. The idea of growth is embedded not only in the corpus of economic thought but also in economic institutions. Against this backdrop, this special issue opens up for critical and creative thinking around organizational issues related to growth, economy, sustainability, and ecology. The contributions found in this special issue revolve around themes that are central to the problem of organizing for a post-growth economy, including such phenomena as the circular economy, carbon markets, food production, not-for-profit enterprises, and degrowth. Using a variety of theoretical resources as well as empirical material, these contributions rethink the relationship between growth and organization. The issue includes four papers, two notes, two roundtable discussions, and four book reviews.

Democratic Renewal in Civil Society Organizations – ‘Democracy at Work: Organizing democratically’, Wednesday 29th March, Nottingham Trent University

Democratic Renewal in Civil Society Organizations

ESRC Seminar Four – Nottingham Trent University

‘Democracy at Work: Organizing democratically’

Wednesday 29th March, 2017, 10:30-5, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University.

The event is free – please book here

Civil society organisations are often considered a good thing in and of themselves, contributing to making a more healthy and democratic society. Yet whilst attention is often focused on their external role, how they contribute to changing society, less attention is placed on their internal ways of organising. Indeed many civil society organisations are shaped by increase forms of business-like practices as they have to become more professional and managerial which can often result in them replicated many of the hierarchical practices that can leave them, at times, indistinguishable from their for-profit counter-parts.

This seminar will explore the possibilities of internal processes and practices through which civil society organisations arrange themselves in order to become more democratic. In particular it will look at different models and processes, which draw inspiration from anarchism and the alter-globalization movement through to political theory to examine not only why civil society organizations should consider working more democratically but also how to go about it.


Our confirmed speakers are:

Janet Dalziell, International People and Culture Director at Greenpeace International

Greenpeace International are one of the most innovative Civil Society Organizations combining activism with its public campaigning role. Over the last few years they have been through a fascinating restructuring programme designed to give more autonomy to local national and regional offices to be more responsive to their particular circumstances. Janet is a key architect of a major re-design of Greenpeace’s global operating model, focusing on the development of human capacity within the organization and aimed at making Greenpeace more effective in achieving just and sustainable global change to protect the environment.

Professor Ruth Kinna, and Dr Thomas Swann Loughborough University, will be discussing anarchism as a constitutional principle

Dr Ruth Yeoman, Research Fellow at the Saïd Business School and Kellogg College, University of Oxford, is an expert on mutuality and meaningfulness of work. Her book Meaningful Work and Workplace Democracy: a philosophy of work and a politics of meaningfulness, is published by Palgrave Macmillan

Dr Matt Wilson, Activist and anarchist and the author of Rules without rulers: The possibilities and limits of anarchism



10.30 Arrival and coffee

11.00 Welcome, and context for the seminar – Daniel King, NTU

11.15 – Janet Dalziell

12.00 – Response and Q&A

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 – Main Panel:

13.30 – Ruth Kinna and Thomas Swann

14.00 – Ruth Yeoman

14:25 – Matt Wilson,

14.45 – Tea break

15.30 – Breakout group discussions – ‘How can Civil Society organizations work in more democratic forms?’

16.00 – Report back from groups

16.30 – Summaries and close


The Venue and Organisers

Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4FQ

The seminar is organised by Daniel King from Nottingham Trent University. Please email if you have any questions

„Das ist unser Haus“ – Dokumentarfilm über das Mietshäuser Syndikat

Hier einige Informationen zum Film (Quelle:

Räume aneignen mit dem Mietshäuser Syndikat.
Der Film „Das ist unser Haus!“ erläutert das solidarische Modell des Mietshäuser Syndikats (, mit dem sich auch finanzschwache Gruppen bezahlbare Räume in Gemeineigentum nachhaltig sichern können.
„Das ist unser Haus!“ ist ein Film der Autoren und Produzenten Burkhard Grießenauer, Daniel Kunle und Holger Lauinger. Die Produktion wurde mit Hilfe des SEELAND Medienkooperative e.V. realisiert.

Gemeineigentum – Selbstorganisation – Solidarität – Seit vielen Jahren gibt es eine Netzwerkstruktur von mehr als 100 Hausprojekten in Stadt und Land, um die Wohnungsfrage nach anderen Werten zu organisieren: das Mietshäuser Syndikat. Finanzschwache Gruppen können sich mit der Solidarität anderer ermächtigen und so bezahlbare Räume sichern. Deshalb wächst in immer mehr Köpfen das Interesse an dieser wichtigen Initiative aus der Zivilgesellschaft.

Im 65 minütigen Film „Das ist unser Haus!“ erläutern Akteure des Mietshäuser Syndikats das Modell der kollektiven Raumaneignung und präsentieren vielseitige Projekte in unterschiedlichen räumlichen Kontexten. Die Zuschauer werden motiviert, eigene Projekte im stabilen solidarischen Verbund des Mietshäuser Syndikats zu starten.

Mit Impressionen aus den Projekten: Freie Hütte (Lübeck), LÜDIA (Hadmersleben), Handwerkerhof Ottensen (Hamburg), Jugendwohnprojekt Mittendrin (Neuruppin), Grether Gelände (Freiburg), 4-Häuser-Projekt (Tübingen)


„Das ist unser Haus!“ from SEELAND Medienkooperative on Vimeo.

Call for papers: Diverse organizing/organizational diversity – Methodological questions and activist practices

Excerpt from the call:

In collaboration with Diversity in Teams and AlterEcos: Exploring Alternatives to Currently Dominant Forms of Economic Organizing, Diversity&Difference @CBS invites contributions to: Diverse organizing/organizational diversity – Methodological questions and activist practices.

In continuation of previous years’ successful workshops on leadership, diversity and inclusion, we now turn to the question of how to study organizational diversity. How do we study different organizations/organizational differences and why do we do it? This issue is both one of methodology and activism. In terms of methodology, the study of organizational diversity and diverse organizing challenges academic orthodoxies of specialization, standardization and incrementalism (Alvesson & Gabriel, 2013). The search for different organizations/difference in organizations demands that we unsettle our ways and reconsider the ins and outs of what we have been, are and will be doing. In terms of activism, a commitment to diversity and difference challenges social and organizational norms of meritocracy, inclusion, recognition, etc. (Fraser, 2000; Castilla & Benard, 2010; Zanoni et al., 2010). Encounters with difference require that we not only consider new sites of investigation, but also new means of intervention; above all, it implores reconsideration of the very purpose of inquiry: How may studies of diverse organizing and diversity in organizations move beyond either passive description or mere critique and, instead, provide practicable redefinitions of organizational realities?

Find the full call at the website.

Submission details 

·         Abstracts are invited to be submitted by 15th February 2017.

·         Abstracts of approximately 1500 words

·         The abstracts will be peer reviewed and decisions on acceptance will be made by the workshop organizers within a month from submission date.

·         Contributors may choose to draw on material from a wide range of empirical spheres, theoretical perspectives and methodological orientations.

·         Papers should include methodological considerations

·         Papers can be theoretically or empirically driven.

·         We welcome papers from all national and cross-national contexts.

·         New and young scholars with ‚work in progress‘ are particularly welcome.

·         In terms of co-authored papers, one person should be identified as the corresponding author.

Abstracts should be emailed to: Sine N. Just  and Lotte Holck.

The document must include contact information (author names, institutional affiliation and e-mail address).

This workshop is exploratory in nature, but we acknowledge the importance of publication. We, therefore, encourage authors to submit a full(er) version of their paper by 15th April 2017. This is, however, not a prerequisite for taking part in the workshop.

In line with the theme of the workshop, we welcome alternatives to power point presentations. You will be able to indicate your preferred form of presentation at the time of submitting your developed manuscript and are welcome to contact the workshop organizers for any questions.

Information  on programme, keynote speakers, and registration will follow.   

Dato 2nd – 3rd May, 2017
Location Copenhagen Business School  (room will follow)

Commons / Gemeingüter im Film

Von Silke Helfrich und der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung sind inzwischen zwei umfangreiche Bände zur Thematik der Commons / Gemeingüter erschienen. Beide Bände stehen unter einer Creative Commons Lizenz:

Helfrich, Silke; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Hg.) (2012): Commons. Für eine neue Politik jenseits von Markt und Staat. Bielefeld: transcript.

Helfrich, Silke; Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Hg.) (2015): Die Welt der Commons. Muster gemeinsamen Handelns. Bielefeld: transcript.

Im zweiten Band findet sich eine instruktive Aufzählung von Filmen über die Commons, welche auch in der Lehre eingesetzt werden können. Hier der entsprechende Auszug sowie Verlinkungen:

»Gemeingüter? Was ist das?«
Ein dreiminütiges Erklärstück, das 2010 im Auftrag der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung für eine internationale Commons-Konferenz in Berlin erstellt wurde und bisher auch in Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch und Italienisch zur Verfügung steht; gut einsetzbar für Einführungen ins Thema:

»This Land is Our Land. The Fight to Reclaim the Commons«
Der englischsprachige Dokumentarfilm, ebenfalls aus dem Jahr 2010, wurde von Jeremy Earp und Sut Jhally produziert. Das Skript stammt von David Bollier (Mitherausgeber dieses Bandes) und Jeremy Earp; Länge: 46 Minuten. Schwerpunkte sind die Einhegungsprozesse der letzten Jahrzehnte. Die Commons-Bewegung wird hier in den Kontext traditionellen Community-Engagements gestellt und zugleich als beginnende internationale Bewegung skizziert:

»Commons in Action«
Die Wissenschaftsvereinigung International Association for the Study of Commons
(IASC) produziert seit 2013 eine Serie von englischsprachigen Kurzfilmanimationen,
»Commons in Action«, unter dem Motto: »Commons sind heute Realität«. Hier zu sehen:

Sie führen kurz und knapp in einige zentrale Konzepte ein und stellen
internationale Projekte vor, meist Preisträger der IASC. Nützlich und gut drei
Minuten lang ist auch die Einführung in den Begriff:

»The Commons. Beyond the State, Capitalism and the Market«
Dieses 36-minütige, englischsprachige Video, in dem auch eine geistesgeschichtliche
Einordnung, beispielsweise über Eigentumskonzepte, vorgenommen wird, veröffentlichte das links-libertäre Anarchist Collective im Jahr 2013. Nicht nur zentrale Begriffe wie Einhegungen, Resilienz oder Fülle werden erläutert, sondern auch die Desig-Prinzipien für langlebige Commons-Institutionen von Elinor Ostrom et al. Hier zu sehen:

und hier nachzulesen:

»The Promise of the Commons«
»Das Versprechen der Commons« wurde im Jahr 2014 von John D. Liu sowie der indischen Nichtregierungsorganisation Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) produziert. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit kommt der Umweltsituation im globalen Süden zu. Auf Youtube finden sich verschiedene Ausschnitte aus diesem insgesamt 50-minütigen Beitrag in englischer Sprache:

»Better No More. Principles and Practices towards the next Economy«
Dieses 5-minütige Video in englischer Sprache ist eine Produktion von Kontent
Film, USA, sowie der Edge Funders Alliance, einem internationalen Zusammenschluss
kritischer Stiftungen und Geberorganisationen. Der Film entstand 2015
und konzentriert sich auf vier Aspekte der Commons: Natur entkommerzialisieren,
Arbeit neu denken, Wissen befreien, Wohlstand demokratisieren.

»The Commons«
Fünf Jahre hat der Filmemacher Kevin Hansen an diesem Dokumentarfilm gearbeitet.
Entstanden ist ein Film über Gemeinschaften aus aller Welt, die nach alten Commons-Prinzipien wirtschaften. 49 Gemeinschaften in Nord- und Südamerika, Asien und Europa wurden interviewt. Sie erklären, wie sie Commons über Jahrhunderte lebendig halten. »Commons«, so Hansen, »sind ein alt-neuer Open-Source-Code rund ums Teilen von Ressourcen«. Die Website zum Film:

Filme von A bis Z … – ein Update

Die Rubrik „Filme von A bis Z …“ hat ein kleines Update erhalten:

Filme von A bis Z …

Neben zwei neuen Links zu Filmsammlungen werden nun auch ausgewählte Hinweise auf Filme und Dokumentationen aus diesem BLOG dort nochmals gesondert angeführt.

Weitere Hinweise sind stets willkommen!