Call for Papers
The postcolonial thinker Edward Said (1978, 1993) noted that migration was the great marker of our time and that with the increasing global movement of people there would be increasing 'inter-cultural' contact. When viewed through the 'lens' of organization studies, the processes and types of mobility, movement and migration in today's 'globalized' environment present interesting possibilities for the reformulation and reconsideration of the idea of mobility and movement in the context of organizations and organizing. In particular, there seems to be much room for redesigning the study of mobility and movement in organization studies, whether corporate or self-initiated, from sociological or critical perspectives. This redesign means developing frames of reference and architectures that examine/explore mobility within broader sociological frames of movement, networks, spatiality and temporality. To that extent, it may be that concepts like 'expatriation' and 'international assignee', have 'passed their sell-by date' and what is now required is scholarship that embraces a broader understanding of movement and mobility. Such a task initially requires recognition of the work undertaken in these areas in other scholarly disciplines, particularly sociology.
We suggest that redesigning scholarship in this way places the 'idea' of mobility at the centre of research design and thus answer's Urry's (2000) call for scholarship for a sociology beyond societies to focus on movement, mobility and contingent ordering rather than structure, systems and social order. It also facilitates and encourages a broader range of sociological and critical work on the relationship between mobility and topics that have relevance for organizations and organizing, such as, global networks and 'inter-cultural' encounters, the society/people mobility interface. In addition, redesigning scholarship on global mobility in particular facilitates the consideration of different types of people movement in the context of global 'development' and global capitalism. It would also acknowledge and embrace recent arguments that movement implies the crossing of space and new forms of spatial contact, which further problematizes how such contact can be conceptualized. We might also consider the implications of this movement for organizations and organizing.
In keeping with the tradition of active debate at EGOS Colloquia, we encourage submissions from both junior and more senior scholars. While we are open to a broad range of submissions, topics might include:
- Postcolonial perspectives on mobility and movement
- Sociological approaches to the 'Other' and the 'Stranger'
- Re-designing and re-defining 'expatriation' into broader global issues and categories of mobility, movement and migration
- The response to and reaction of the State to the incoming and outgoing globally mobile
- Forms and designs of mobility and movement
- Places, spaces and mobility and movement
- Ethnicity, gender, mobility and movement
- Networks and movement and mobility
- Contexts of mobility and movement
- Unconventional approaches to the study of mobility and movement
- Family and mobility and movement
- The impact of global mobility and movement on identity and identity-regulation
Said, E.W. (1978): Orientalism. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd.
Said, E.W. (1993): Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage
Urry, J. (2000): Sociology Beyond Societies: Mobilities for the Twenty-first Century. London: Routledge