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Call for Papers:
The 5th International Workshop: Phenomenology, Organisation, and Technology, Organised by the Working Group for Phenomenology, Organisation, and Technology (POT), University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 21-23 September 2006

Following the success of the previous International POT Workshops, held at the LSE, London, UK (2002), at the Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal (2003), at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (2004) and at EM Lyon, Lyon, France (2005), the POT Working Group calls for papers and participation for its next annual event.

As many researchers struggle to give an account of everyday phenomena in organisations, of our ‘being-with-others’ and of our immersion in information and communication technologies, which resonate with our actual experience of life, they increasingly turn to phenomenology. Phenomenology provides us with a way to get back to the actuality of the ‘everyday’ life of organized/organizing human beings working in and through the mediation of organization. Phenomenology since Husserl introduced a fundamental critique of western rationality which is focused on building abstract models and deriving action from these abstractions: “‘a pure thinking’ which remains exclusively within the realm of pure limit-shapes”. With phenomenology Husserl introduces a method, or rather a way of thinking, that provides a renewed and sensible understanding of situations, events, things and human beings. This approach has been seminal to many authors such as Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Derrida, Henry, and so forth. Through phenomenology we aim to disclose not facts but rather the ongoing meaning of working, speaking and/or informing, communicating, organising, decision making, innovating, etc. as revealed in ongoing organisational life. It is with this challenge in mind that the workshop sees its task. The workshop aims at developing and exploring phenomenological analysis and accounts – either applying the phenomenological method of investigation, its techniques, or by grounding research in previous phenomenological findings – of phenomena such as (but not limited to):

  • Media, mediating and mediation
  • Collaboration and cooperation
  • Communicating and working
  • Virtualisation of everyday and organisational life
  • Connecting and being connected
  • Ethics and mediation
  • Technology and human interaction
  • Organisation and organising
  • Technology, learning and improvisation
  • Innovation and innovating
  • Knowledge, knowing and action
  • Organisational language and languaging
  • Management and managing 
  • ‘Applying’ or doing phenomenology
  • Contrasting phenomenology with other approaches


As usual, this workshop will be limited to 25-30 participants. We intend it to be informal and interactive, for immersion and learning. We welcome contributions from those who have a substantive interest in phenomenology or who are keen to develop such an interest. The overall aim of the workshop is to develop and foster the community of phenomenological researchers in the fields of communication sciences, media and new media, organisational studies, social studies of technology, information systems, sociology, CSCW, HCI, etc. If you are interested to participate send an extended abstract (1000-1500 words) or a full paper to any of the three co-chairs:

Lucas Introna
l.introna@lancaster.ac.uk
Lancaster University
Management School, UK

Fernando Ilharco
ilharco@ucp.pt
School of Human Sciences
Catholic University of Portugal

Eric Faÿ
fay@em-lyon.com
École de Management
Lyon, France

Closing date: ASAP but not later than 1 June 2006                    Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2006
Final papers due: 1 September 2006

Programme Committee

Lucas Introna, Lancaster University, UK
Fernando Ilharco, Catholic University of Portugal
Hannakaisa Isomaki, University of Lapland, Finland
Anjana Bhattacharjee, Brunel University, UK
Bogdan Costea, Lancaster University, UK

Eric Faÿ, EM Lyon, France
Ken Uchiyama, Daito-Bunka University, Japan.
Louise Whittaker, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Michael Waltemathe, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany