4th Annual International Ethnography Symposium at Venice, Italy
E T H N O G R A P H Y: LIVERPOOL & KEELE 4th Annual International Ethnography Symposium at Venice, Italy: Sunday August 23rd - Tuesday August 25th 2009 The 4th Annual Joint University of Liverpool Management School and Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management International Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences. To be Held at the Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy In Association with Ethnography Key Theme: Practice, Politics and Ethics in Ethnographic Research _______________ Conference Chairs: Dr. Matthew Brannan, Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management Dr. Frank Worthington, University of Liverpool Management School Organising Committee: Dr. Matthew Brannan, Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management Dr. Jason Ferdinand, University of Liverpool Management School. Dr. Geoff Pearson, University of Liverpool Management School Dr. Mike Rowe, University of Liverpool Management School Dr. Frank Worthington, University of Liverpool Management School Key Note Speakers: Professor David Boje and Dr. Grace Ann Rosile: New Mexico State University, USA Professor David Collinson and Dr. Margaret Collinson: Lancaster University, UK Professor Patrick Sullivan: Australian National University, AUS. Professor John Van Maanen: Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA Professor David Weir: Liverpool Hope University, UK _______________ Aims of the Symposium: In recent years ethnography has become an increasingly popular mode of research within the social and management sciences. Within the context of management, work and organizations key areas of interest include the study of new organizational forms, ‘new wave’ human resource management and cultural management control methods, work restructuring, business process reengineering, quality management, new performance management, appraisal and information systems and methods of control, and the impact of these developments on management practice, management-labour relation, job-satisfaction, job-security, employee motivation and morale, commitment, leadership and change. In critical management and labour process studies the emergence of new organizational forms and management control methods have been explored in terms of their effects on employee subjectivity and identity and their implications for gender relations, workplace politics, ethics, knowledge, power, surveillance, oppression, exploitation, alienation and subjugation. Other broader social science areas of interest within the field include research into the outcomes and effects and similar organisational and institutional changes within public sector services and local authorities and their impact on the professions and other public sector occupations, public service provision, local communities and civic society. There is also a growing interest within the field of ethnography in virtual and new media mediated ethnographies, ethnography and art and architecture, consumption, community, ethnicity, emotions and the management of emotional labour, ethnographic fieldwork and writing as emotional labour. The increasing use of ethnography in consumer research, marketing and other commercial contexts has also become a key ethnographic research topic. Other areas of interest include the practical, political, ethical and theoretical challenges ethnographers face within the field, the purpose of ethnography and whose interests it serves, whether ethnography can or should be ‘value-free’ and what actually counts and does not count as ‘good’ ethnography given the range of traditional (i.e.: naturalist, interpretivist, constructivist, modernist) and more contemporary (i.e.: postmodern, poststructuralist and critical) theoretical standpoints which inform how ethnographers choose to approach, conduct and write-up their research. The key theme for this year’s symposium, ‘Practice, Politics and Ethics in Ethnographic Research’, is designed to attract papers that consider the political and ethical challenges involved in conducting critical ethnographic research, and the extent to which ethnography is at ‘risk’ from much closer forms of regulation and control researchers now face in light of the emergence of much more stringent ‘ethical approval’ policies and requirements set by University ‘research ethics’ committee, government research funding bodies and other research grant awarding bodies and institutions. Papers that consider the extent to which ethnographic research is likely to be unduly restricted and potentially threatened by these developments, and whether or not ethnographers should challenge or simply learn to adapt to the dominant moral certainty and universal authority of ethical research codes of practice, would be particularly welcome at this year’s event. This symposium will therefore appeal not only to organization and management academics but also those working within marketing and consumer behaviour, cultural and environmental studies, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, architecture, law, criminology, politics and social and public policy. Papers from any of these disciplines, particularly those that examine the role and value of ethnography in social and management teaching and research are welcome, and also theoretically informed or empirically based papers, as well as work-in-progress papers from new and young emerging scholars, in any of the following areas: - Public and private sector work organization and work restructuring. - New organizational forms and changing forms of employment. - Organizational and workplace cultures and sub-cultures. - Management-labour relations and trade union practices. - Accounting, auditing and governance. - Services-marketing, consumption and consumer behaviour. - (The Marketization of) Healthcare, education, local government and social and public policy. - Ethnographies of conflict, crime and deviance, resistance and misbehaviour (including researcher misbehaviour). - Business ethics and unethical business and management practices. - The prospects for shop-floor ethnography in an era characterised by the break-up of traditional forms of shop-floor and trade union organisation. - The contribution of virtual or new media mediated ethnographies. - The theoretical and commercial use of ethnography in consumer marketing - Ethnography, architecture and art. - Emotions, the management of emotional labour in organizations, and ethnography as emotional labour: dealing with uncertainty, fear, anxiety, stress, insecurity and danger in the field. Abstracts (up to 750-words, excluding contact details and references) should be submitted to the symposium organizers at the following email address by Friday 6th of March 2009: firstname.lastname@example.org Decisions on acceptance of papers will be given, subject to external refereeing, by Monday 6th of April 2009. Full papers will need to be submitted by Monday 10th of August 2009. Only papers submitted to the organizers by this date will be published on the symposium website. Delegates whose papers are accepted but who are unable to meet this deadline are asked to submit a copy of their paper as soon as possible thereafter or to bring 20 photocopies of their paper for circulation at the symposium. All papers presented at the conference will be automatically considered for publication in the Journal Ethnography Symposium attendance fees, accommodation and registration* Attendance fee for delegates in full-time employment: £325. Emerging scholars (PhD research students) and delegates in part-time employment £125 *Attendance fees include symposium proceedings, refreshments, lunches and the symposium evening dinner on the second day of the symposium: Monday 24th of August Accommodation: All delegates will need to arrange their own accommodation. Hotel room availability and booking information on the Island of San Servolo and a list of recommended Venice hotels will be available shortly on the following website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/management/events/ethnography_conference_accomodati... How to Register: Symposium registration form will be available shortly to download from the following website: http://www.liv.ac.uk/management/events/ethnography_conference.htm Informal enquiries to: Dr.. Matthew Brannan, email: email@example.com Dr. Frank Worthington, email: firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing you at the event in Venice in August 2009.