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Humanist Archives: Aug. 24, 2021, 6:25 a.m. Humanist 35.200 - pubs cfp: Organizing outside organizations?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 200.
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        Date: 2021-08-23 08:58:00+00:00
        From: Gianluca Miscione <>
        Subject: Call for papers: Organizing Outside Organizations

Call for papers: 
Organizing Outside Organizations

Guest editors:
Barbara Czarniawska - University of Gothenburg
Gianluca Miscione - University College Dublin
Elena Raviola - University of Gothenburg
Rafael Alcadipani da Silveira - EASP-FGVEmre Tarim - Lancaster University 

We have been studying formal organizations for at 
least a century, if not longer, and there is not much 
that we do not know about them. A recent phenomenon – 
the digital transformation of contemporary organizations – 
has also attracted much attention, and great many 
studies were done, with interesting results. But 
digitalization opened also wide doors to organizing 
outside, oftentimes in spite of, and against, formal 
organizations. How do people organize demonstrations 
in Belarus, in Poland, or, for that matter, how do The 
Proud Boys do it in the USA?  

Indeed, there is no need for an a priori moral 
evaluation, although a posteriori one is always 
welcome. We simply need to know more about 
such informal organizing, which was always present, 
but now has become widespread thanks to globalization 
and digitalization. After all, it is connecting collective 
actions, or “doings” to one another, which is the main 
trait of organizing. Organizations are legal units; a 
“network” can exist, yet do nothing; in order to 
accomplish anything, good or bad, “doings” are necessary, 
and they have to be coordinated, connected, and stabilized – 
temporarily or for good. So, to use Bruno Latour's (2013) 
vocabulary, how are scripts written and dispatching 
performed, or in that of Annemarie Mol (2010), how is 
ordering (aligning) and coordination done, in informal 

In this Special Issue we invite all texts based on 
studies that can throw some light on the phenomenon 
of organizing outside organizations – both fieldwork 
and culture studies are welcome.

Deadline: 30 September 2021

More details here: 

Gianluca Miscione
University College Dublin 

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