Sub-Theme 20: Interrogating the postcolonial space in Management and Organization Studies: In search of a New Bandung and beyond
EBAPE-FGV, Escola Brasileira de Administração Pública e de Empresas, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
IESEG School of Management, France
Queen Mary University of London, UK
The New School, USA
Manchester University, UK.
Call for papers
The call for streams of the 7th LAEMOS Colloquium (LAEMOS 2018) invites us to explore empirical and theoretical work that examines organizational resilience in Latin America, Europe and beyond. Whilst an interesting proposition, it is imperative to start off by alluding to the importance of the critical deconstruction of resilience. The co-optation of resilience by neo-liberal discourses (e.g. business planning) as well as security discourses about ‘critical infrastructure’ (e.g. the US Department of Homeland Security’s statement about security and resilience, which underpins dynamics of monitoring, control and containment), makes us question whether Latin America should be on resilience rather than on critical deconstruction.
This problematisation is central to the historical, socio-political and cultural and in that spirit, this stream seeks to interrogate ideas about subaltern resilience of postcolonial studies in management and organisation studies (MOS) and beyond from the perspective(s) of (semi)peripheralities. Given how colonialism has shaped the lives of more than three quarters of the world’s population (Ashcroft, 2002), the postcolonial project at large remains of fundamental importance to both recognise and study the unacceptable universalization of stark inequalities, injustice and authoritarianism within an era of global neoliberal capitalism (Prabhu, 2012) and foster trans-modern dialogues among the many traditions that have been fostered and appropriated by the “all-inclusive” US-led postcolonial project. By challenging US-led Eurocentric social sciences and MOS (Go, 2016; Jack et al, 2011; Young, 2001) postcolonial studies has constrained, even though it has also enabled, multiple decolonial projects in/from interconnected (semi)peripheries.
Regions of the world classified as “(semi)peripheral” or “primitive” still revolve around Western intellectual traditions in a centripetal motion (Clastres, 1974) and this is particularly evident in the inclusion-exclusion dynamics of particular anticolonial struggles and embodiments within management and organisation studies (Srinivas et al., 2015; Ibarra Colado, 2006). In the spirit of the Bandung Conference of 1955 in Indonesia, the first large-scale Afro-Asian Conference that brought together 29 former colonized countries to map a way forward, this stream looks to continue to respond to the expansive re-articulation of “all-inclusive” colonizing/modernizing mechanisms with a view to re-problematise and reconstruct the post-Bandung ascension of multiple interconnected decolonial projects in/from Third World and Fourth World and beyond.
We recognise two possibilities in order to re-position post-colonial critique within management studies and beyond. First, the consolidation of postcolonial theory’s position through efforts to legitimise decolonial scholarly work from (semi)peripheries, as well as the intellectual personhood of those who produce it. Second, asserting and expanding the postcolonial space by highlighting and voicing multiple intellectual traditions appropriated and contained by it. However, these possibilities should develop as part of a more radical set of aims that look to create spaces for interventions that seek to challenge hegemonic power.
We embrace calls for a transmodern pluriversal perspective that reconstructs conditions for many worlds and knowledges to co-exist (Faria, 2014; Prasad, 2015; Go, 2016) and in that spirit invite contributions on the following themes:
Dynamics of deconstruction, re-articulation and reconstruction of (anti)colonial power through postcolonial studies at large.
Dynamics of inclusion and exclusion of knowledge and practices from (semi)peripheral societies within US-led MOS.
Engagement of diverse social actors (e.g. social movements, communities, practitioners, among others) with postcolonial traditions in (semi)peripheries worldwide.
Critiques of Anglo/American-centric and heteronormative methodologies in MOS that present alternative modes of knowledge production (these could include, but are not limited to, feminist, queer, experiential, ethnographic, interdisciplinary and psychodynamic methods).
Contemporary struggles of diverse groups (e.g. indigenous people, migrants, refugees) and their organizational implications.
Interrogating the postcolonial space in MOS using a diversity lens (e.g. gender, racio-ethnicity, class, etc).
Analytical alternatives to study the postcolonial space in MOS (e.g. poverty, development, expulsion, containment).
Role of globalization and financialization in the development of postcolonial projects in MOS.
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Clastres P. (1974). La société contre l'état. Paris: Editions de Minuit.
Faria, A. (2014). Border Thinking in Action: Should Critical Management Studies Get Anything Done? In Malin, V., Murphy, J & Siltaoja, M. (eds.) Getting Things Done, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 277 - 30.
Go, J. (2016). Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory. New York, NY: Oxford University.
Ibarra-Colado, E. (2006). Organization Studies and Epistemic Coloniality in Latin America: Thinking Otherness from the Margins. Organization, 13(4), 463‑488.
Prabhu, A. (2012). Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects. SUNY Press.
Jack, G., Westwood, R. I., Srinivas, N., & Sardar, Z. (2011). Deepening, broadening and re-asserting a postcolonial interrogative space in organization studies. Organization, 18(3), 275-302.
Prasad, A. (2015). Toward decolonizing modern Western structures of knowledge. In: Prasad, A.; Prasad, P.; Mills, A.; Mills, J. (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Critical Management Studies. London: Routledge.
Srinivas, N.; Guedes, A.; Faria, A. (2015). Remembering Eduardo Ibarra-Colado. In: McLaren, P.; Mills, A.; Weatherbee, T. (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Management and Organizational History. London: Routledge.
Young, R. J. C. (2001). Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (1st. edition). Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell.