• Date and time: Monday 8 July 2019, 1pm to Thursday 11 July 2019, 1pm
  • Location: University of York
  • Audience: Open to
  • Admission: £430, booking required (Sold out)

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The Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism's theme for 2019 is 'Ghosts'. Join us in York, 8 - 11 July 2019, to explore the ghostly side of organizational life.

Ghosts invade the critically-minded study of organizations with the feeling that more is occurring just out of sight, beyond the corner of our eye and veiled beneath the surface. Are our thoughts being ghosted? Ghosts of the past, present and future, make sudden and sometimes unwelcome appearances. They push us to look beyond the ‘rational’ to search for the emotive, affective and aesthetic sensory explanations of organizational phenomena. Ghosts play on the spiritual in a religious sense and also as a form of enchantment, wonder and imagination that persists despite secular modernity. Ghosts haunt us, frighten us and present us with those cracks where the abject seeps in, where the uncanny arises.

We particularly welcome scholars who align with SCOS’s central interest on the interlinked issues of organizational symbolism, culture and change, articulated in the broadest possible sense. Work should be informed by a commitment to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings of organization and management.