The 12th International Conference in Critical Management Studies
The theme of the conference will be:
Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS
Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories
BML Munjal University, India 16-18th December, 2021
CALL FOR SUB-THEME PROPOSALS
BML Munjal University is excited to host the 12th International Critical Management Studies Conference 2021. The theme of the conference will be around “Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theories”.
Two decades into the new millennium, with several ﬁnancial crises and a pandemic behind us, Critical Management Studies perspectives are now at a crucial juncture. It is in this context, that the 2021 International CMS conference comes to you, seeking a broader engagement and dialogue with diverse CMS perspectives as we strive for a collective, collegial, communitarian sharing, stock taking and revitalisation of critical management studies(s). Such endeavours assume greater urgency in the face of the ravages of capitalist and colonialist systems and organisations and CMS dis- ciplinary perspectives get marginalised in corporatised schools.
With this conference call for Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theo- ries, we invite critters from across the ideological and methodological spectrum to conversations in these conference spaces. These spaces of conversations, we believe acknowledge and emerge from our places and bodies, and enable us to transcend the limits of our theories into being in and with each other in solidarity with our world-views co-existing, colliding, coalescing and rejoicing in mutual human-ness.
Dramatic movements in the ﬁeld of Critical Management Studies in the last twenty years help in underlining this crucial juncture. On the one hand, the institutionalisation processes in the form of the formation of the International CMS (since 1999), and CMS division of the AOM (since 2002), have fostered the growth of a distinct ﬁeld and identity by pro- viding scholars with an institutional home for confronting issues of inequality, oppression, systematic subordination in management and organization theories and practices (Adler, 2008; Alvesson and Willmott, 1992; Alvesson, Bridgman, and Willmott,2009; Antonacopoulou, 2010; Fournier and Grey, 2000; Spicer, Alvesson and Karreman, 2009; Voronov, 2008; Zanoni, Janssens, Benschop and Nkomo, 2010). Concurrently, the ﬁeld has also seen substantial participation from other(s) – international, non-Western, non-White, sometimes non-male people(s) (Dussel and Ibarra-Colado, 2006; Faria 2015; Faria, Ibarra-Colado and Guedes, 2010; Ibarra-Colado, 2006; 2008; Nkomo, 2011; Westwood, Jack, Khan, and Frenkel, 2014; Westwood, 2006) – a phenomenon probably occurring for the ﬁrst time in management and organisation studies scholarship since World War II. Such increased participation in turn brought newer challenges to CMS in the form of acknowledging its Eurocentrism and the need for the exhausting, everyday praxis of moving beyond Eurocentrism (Girei, 2017; Ruggunan, 2016). The ﬁeld of CMS has been churned over this decade between these twin centripetal and centrifugal processes (Prasad, Prasad, Mills and Mills, 2015).
Scholarly responses to the tensions spawned by these forces of globalisations/internationalisations from above in society more broadly and speciﬁcally in business schools such as business school globalisation (Houldsworth, McBain and Brewster, 2019) and neoliberal corporatisation (Fotaki and Prasad, 2015) and globalisation from below (Darley and Luethge, 2016, Alcadipani, 2017; Nkomo, 2015) have been diverse and varied often reﬂecting individual geo-political, historical, institutional, ideological and embodied commitments. While some positions could be characterised as ideo- logical cold-wars, some others have advocated ideological middle-grounds, often silencing material asymmetries (Prasad, Prasad, Mills and Mills 2015; Parker 2016). Yet others have been appealing for redeﬁning inter-ideological, inter-epistemic relations, through acknowledging geo-political, historical and embodied realities (Seremani, and Clegg, 2016).
The uniqueness-differentness tensions about what is CMS these positions manifest, have now emerged as a deﬁning characteristic of CMS, prompting some to speak of critiques of management and organisation studies. While CMS has been the proverbial big-tent, it could be argued that factionalism and the search for one CMS, Eurocentric and other- wise; or what is CMS could be distracting scholarly attention away from the real issues in the world that we as critical academics should be serving. Important here is the fact that ICMS has always been a big tent that has provided a much wider forum of critical engagements with diverse management areas such as ﬁnance, marketing, MIS etc., in addition to the common organisation studies, to be part of critical conversations (Charitsis, Yngfalk, and Skålén, 2019; Eck- hardt, Varman, and Dholakia, 2018; Lee and Cassell, 2017; Scobie, Lee, and Smyth, 2020). Continuing with this ICMS spirit, we are enthusiastic in our desire to foster discussions, papers, installations and interventions regarding what it means for us as academics, practitioners, organisations and societies to Diversalise, to Critique, to engage in praxis and theorising through our bodies in space.
With this conference call for Diversalising and Intern(ation)alising CMS: Places, Spaces, Bodies and Praxistical Theo- ries, we invite fellow to conversations that diversalise, internalise and internationalise critiques of management and organisation studies and hope this will further our solidarity and collective, earnest engagements over the past several years to forge the ground of a new post-Covid praxistical academia that transcends the theory-praxis dilemma. With this hope and inspiration, we invite proposals for sub themes for the 12th ICMS conference. We are open to diverse sub-themes even beyond the below indicative ideas that resonate with the interests of CMS communities.