Call for papers for a special issue of Culture and Organization

Call for papers......

Call for papers for a special issue of Culture and Organization

Postby JoBrewis » Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:45 pm

Call for papers for a special issue of Culture and Organization

Volume 23, issue 2, March 2017

This special issue of Culture and Organization will be a memorial publication for our much missed friend and colleague Heather Höpfl, who died on the 3rd of September 2014. Heather was Chair of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism from 1995 to 1998 and co-editor of Culture and Organization from 2002 to 2008.

It is impossible to capture the virtuosity, breadth, extraordinary beauty and intellectual power of Heather’s writings, and we certainly do not attempt to do so in what follows. What we want to do instead is ask for contributions which celebrate, commemorate and continue Heather’s profound impact on organization studies, and we sketch out some of the interconnected themes which might animate these papers below.

· Accounts, accounting, memory and remembrance
· Aesthetics and art
· Archetypes, symbols and symbolism
· Architecture, design, place and space
· Artistic, literary, visual and ethnographic methodologies
· Authorship and authority
· The body, gender and identity
· Dirt, contamination and excess
· Emotions and passions, reason and rationality
· Feminism, phenomenology, poststructuralism and/ or psychoanalysis
· Leadership, leaders and leading
· Mothering, mothers, maternity and the matrix
· Poetic and subversive writing
· Resistance and opposition
· Theatre and the theatrical, spectacle, the dramaturgical and the dramatistic
· Theology, spirituality and belief systems
· Values, virtues and valuations

Of course many of these themes are well-travelled in organization studies, due in large part to Heather’s influence. They have also formed the basis for previous contributions to – and indeed special issues of – Culture and Organization. As such, it is worth us clarifying that contributions for this Gedenkschrift must clearly and explicitly lay out how they take up and continue Heather’s intellectual legacy, as opposed to writing about these various themes in a less precisely focused sense. Authors can also ‘unpick’ any of the themes we have identified above to excavate one particular issue in depth.

As always, and also because of the interdisciplinarity that always characterized Heather’s work, in addition to scholars working in management and organization studies we welcome contributions from anthropology, sociology, philosophy, politics, (art) history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies …. etcetera. Contributions can be theoretical, empirical and/ or methodological.

Guest editors

This issue will be edited by the Culture and Organization editorial team, Jo Brewis (University of Leicester, UK), Rebecca Meisenbach (University of Missouri, US), Ann Rippin (University of Bristol, UK), Annette Risberg (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Janet Sayers (Massey University, New Zealand) and David Sköld (Uppsala University, Sweden).

Submission and informal enquiries

Papers should be submitted through the Culture and Organization ScholarOne site at Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (volume 23, issue 2) to direct your submission appropriately.

The deadline for manuscript submission is 1st December 2015.

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found on the journal’s website: Manuscript length should not exceed 8000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Please direct informal enquiries to Jo Brewis at

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