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Connections in Action: Keeping Track of Large Social Phenomena using Relational and ‘Micro-sociological’ approaches

Who should attend?

We are interested in particular in empirically grounded work that acknowledges that increasingly organizational phenomena are distributed across distanced time and space and cannot be understood by solely studying local scenes of action in isolation. We expect contributors to come from a variety of research traditions such as routines and practice-based studies, strategy-as-practice, actor network theory, assemblage theory, discourse and communication theory, symbolic interactionism, configuration theory, and many others.

Contributions should build upon, expand and converse with existing work that tries to capture the connections between situated performances that take place in dispersed places and time zones, such as nested relationality (Jarzabkowski et al., 2015), trans-localization (Czarniawska, 2014), small worlds (Strauss, 1978; Watts, 1999), trans-situatedness (Nicolini, Davide, & Monteiro, 2016), complex global micro-structures (Cetina, 2005), fractionality (Law, 1999; Strathern, 2004) or interaction ritual chains (Collins, 2004). We also encourage studies that utilise existing empirical approaches such as ‘zooming in’ and ‘zooming out’ (Nicolini, 2009), tracing associations (Latour, 2005) or ‘scaling up’ (Taylor & van Every, 2000), and those that propose new ways of addressing these issues.

Location, application and fee

The residential workshop will take place in one of the high quality conference facilities at the University of Warwick. It will start on Monday 5 December at 2pm and finish on Tuesday 6 December at 4pm and will include a post dinner session.

Participation is strictly limited to 30 places so early application is encouraged. To apply as a contributor, please send an extended abstract of max 3000 words by 15 September 2016 to Applications will be selected based on demonstrable alignment of their project with the theme of the workshop. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 October 2016.

A few auditor places will be made available. If you are interested in attending without contributing your own project please contact by 15 September 2016.

The fee for the event is £100 (without accommodation) and £175 (including accommodation and breakfast). The fee includes refreshments, lunch and dinner. A limited number of PhD scholarships will be available. If you are interested in the scholarship, please note it in your application.

Registrations (which requires paying the fee in full) will close by 15 November 2016.


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