Stream D – Re-covering practice and performativity
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APROS Colloquium 2013
Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, 15-17 February 2013
Stream D Re-covering practice and performativity
A.D.Wright, Open University Business School, UK
Laure Cabantous, EWCP Europe, Paris, France
Jean-Pascal Gond, HEC, Montreal, Canada
Peter Smith, University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand
We invite submissions that explore the dynamics and theories of the practice of performativity, and the performativity of practice. We are interested in establishing a dialogue between scholars of practice and of performativity that explores areas of commonality and disagreement. We also invite those that question the recent turns to practice and performativity in organization studies to submit their critical pieces to ensure our debate remains grounded and rounded.
We are interested in research that increases our knowledge of how organizing unfolds and is constituted. Therefore, we anticipate that most studies will conceptualize praxis, practice and performativity as micro formulations that privilege discursive constructions of organizational reality. However, we are also keen to be surprised by those studies that adopt novel approaches that question our assumptions and shed an unusual light on organizations.
Our track responds to the APROS conference call as we attempt to ‘re-cover’ practice and performativity. By this we mean that we are keen to encourage work that takes practice and performativity seriously. We are looking for studies that are theoretically grounded and that clearly explain how and why they are practice and/or performativity studies. We do not want research that uses the terms ‘practice’ or ‘performativity’ as labels in the belief that this is enough to secure currency.
This proposal builds on the EGOS 2012 track on performativity, and the numerous recent European and North American conference tracks and workshops on practice. Specifically, we welcome empirical and conceptual papers that focus on practice and/or performativity in both public and private sector settings with a possible – but not exclusive – focus on the following:
- The ‘-as-practice’ moves in organizational research (e.g. strategy-as-practice;
- marketing-as-practice; accounting-as-practice);
- More critical perceptions of practice (e.g. Management Learning Special Issue, 2009);
- Theories of practice (e.g. De Certeau, 1984; Pickering, 1993; Raelin, 2007; Reckwitz, 2002; Sandberg & Tsoukas, 2011; Schatzki, 2005);
- Communication as constitutive of organizing (e.g. Ashcraft, Kuhn & Cooren, 2009; Cooren, Kuhn, Cornelissen & Clark, 2011; Kuhn, 2008);
- Small ‘d’ discourses, incorporating their relationships with big ‘D’ Discourses (e.g. Alvesson & Kärreman, 2000, 2011a, 2011b; Mumby, 2011; Putnam & Cooren ,2004);
- Austinian performativity (Austin, 1962);
- Social studies of finance-inspired studies of performativity (e.g. Callon, 1998; MacKenzie, 2006, 2007; MacKenzie, Muniesa & Siu, 2007);
- Performativity in organizing studies (e.g. Beunza, Hardie and MacKenzie, 2006; Cabantous & Gond, 2011; Cabantous, Gond and Johnson-Cramer, 2010; Callon and Muniesa, 2005);
- Butlerian perspectives on performativity (e.g. Butler, 1990, 1993, 1995 & 1998);
- Critical understandings of performativity and counterperformativity (e.g. McKinlay, 2010).