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2021 Summer School on Practice-based Studies

An international gathering dedicated to the study, advancement and future development of practice-based studies in organization, administrative and social studies.

Practice and Process Studies: Pushing the Boundaries of Sociomateriality

Including Beginners' Introduction to Practice and Process Theory
University of Warwick, 27th - 29th July 2021

Co-directors: Katharina Dittrich, Mira Slavova and Matt Hurst

About the Summer School

The 9th Warwick Summer School aims to convene scholars interested in practice and process studies in an open and multi-disciplinary learning community characterized by dialogue, discussion, and joint exploration. The Summer School is designed for scholars with an advanced understanding of practice and process theories. The three days will consider the state-of-the-art of practice, process and routines studies (2 days) and how practice and process studies can push the boundaries of understandings of sociomateriality (1 day). The event will take place online. If government restrictions allow a one-day physical meeting may take place for local participants (To be confirmed by mid-April).

Beginners’ Introduction to Practice and Process Theory, Online (BST), 21st July 2021

A one-day introductory session is available to all scholars new to the field and interested in better understanding the potential of practice and process theory for their research. No prior experience is required.

State-of-the-art Understandings

During the first two days the program of the 2021 Warwick Summer School will cover the latest advancements in thinking about and the doing of practice and process studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to share manuscripts, research proposals, and progress reports during ‘research clinics’ and receive feedback on their work from seasoned faculty including:

Davide Nicolini, Warwick Business School​

Katharina Dittrich, Warwick Business School​

Mira Slavova, Warwick Business School​

Jorgen Sandberg, University of Queensland & Warwick Business School​

Hari Tsoukas, University of Cyprus & Warwick Business School

2021 Theme: Pushing the Boundaries of Sociomateriality

Each summer school we explore a field and where it could head in the future. This year our keynote speaker Wanda Orlikowski (MIT Sloan School of Management) will share her views on the current state of the field of sociomateriality and what new directions might be possible in future cutting-edge research. For example, we will reflect on how to move beyond notions of entanglement and imbrication and what emerging ideas will help to drive theorizing forward. François Cooren (Université de Montréal) will present a provocation to the field and examine how we can stop automatically associating matter to something that can be touched or seen, that is, something tangible or visible. He will present ideas on how a focus on processes of materialization can move beyond notions of entanglement and imbrication.

2021 Beginners Introduction to Practice and Process Theory, Online (BST), 21st July 2021

We’re pleased to offer a ‘beginners introduction’ for those new to practice and process studies. The interactive one-day program is designed for early-stage PhD students or early career scholars interested in adopting a practice, process or routines lens in their research. It will offer a foundational understanding of relevant theories and their applicability to empirical research. The faculty will include:

Davide Nicolini, Warwick Business School​

Katharina Dittrich, Warwick Business School​

Jorgen Sandberg, University of Queensland & Warwick Business School

Warwick Practice Fellowship: We offer a free place at the Summer School and Beginners' Introduction for scholars who are affiliated with an institution outside of Europe, North America, Australasia or East Asia, or who are resident there. We are looking to support scholars who document practices in non-traditional settings.

Applications: Please include in your application a personal statement about your research and the reasons for attending the summer school. Please indicate if you are planning on attending the ‘research clinics’ and/ or if you would like to be considered for the Warwick Practice Fellowship.

Option 1: 2021 Beginners' Introduction to Practice and Process Theory; 21st July 2021

Online participation in the one-day event - £29 fee

Option 2: 2021 Warwick Summer School; 27th- 29th July 2021

Online participation in the three-day event. Access to all sessions.

For the optional physical gathering tbd - £89 fee

Option 3: 2021 Warwick Summer School & Beginners’ Introduction (Option available to advanced attendees only)

Online participation in both the Summer School and the Beginners’ Introduction - £118 fee

Applications

2021 Beginners Introduction to Practice and Process Theory application

2021 Warwick Summer School; 27-29 July 2021 application*​​

* Link includes options to express interest in taking part in a local physical gathering, if possible, and to indicate interest in participating in the advanced Summer School and beginners’ day

Deadline, 15th March 2021

​For further information and payment click on the links.