SCOS Conference 2019

Monday 8 July 2019, 1.00PM to 11 July

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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. Register now

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.

View our provisional programme and see what we have planned.

Location: University of York, UK

Call for papers

We invite scholars to explore our call for papers and develop abstracts and workshop proposals using 'Ghosts' as their theme. Abstracts and workshop ideas should be emailed to by 10 February 2019.


A number of bursaries have been made available to cover the conference registration fee. Apply by 10 February 2019: