Workshop: Performing ANT – Socio-Material Practices of Organizing


On 17-18 February 2012 at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). See further details at DASTS.

For this workshop we invite papers from early-career researchers (from doctoral through to assistant professor level) that explore the ways in which ANT and its inherent notion of performativity can be used to advance our understanding of socio- material practices of organizing. We encourage submissions both from the traditional areas of interest within organization and management studies, but also from related fields such as human geography, urban studies, anthropology, sociology and others, that attend to performative aspects of doing organizational research. In particular, we are looking for contributions that put an ANT account of performativity into dialogue with notions of ‘the performative’ from other fields such as (but not limited to) linguistics, gender and queer theory, performance studies, anthropology or sociology. We welcome papers that seek to make a conceptual contribution as well as those that bring to bear conceptual insights on method and empirical analysis, spurring our imagination for doing research in, on and around organizations.

The format of the workshop will be a small-group, intense discussion of a selection of about six papers. Three senior researchers have been invited to give a keynote address and act as discussants for the accepted papers:

  • John Hassard (University of Manchester)
  • Tor Hernes (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Steve Woolgar (tbc) (University of Oxford)

The organizers welcome paper proposals (maximum 500 words) by 15 October 2011. Upon acceptance, the selected participants will have to provide a full-length working paper as the basis for discussion by 15 January 2012. The workshop will take place at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland on 17 and 18 February 2012. Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge. Please send your proposals to:, and



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