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CFP: “Managing the Past” ESRC Seminar at Aston Business School

As part of the ESRC Seminar Series on “Organizations and Society: Historicising the theory and practice of organization analysis,” Aston Business School in Birmingham, UK, will hold a seminar on “Managing the Past: The Role of Organisational Archives” on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Contributions are invited that reflect the general theme of the seminar, how the past is managed in organizations, and how the theory and practice of archiving reflects the organizational engagement with the past. Potential themes include, but are not limited to:
· Archives as organizational memory?
· Managing organizational pasts – assets and dark secrets
· Safeguarding organizational heritage – the Wedgwood Collection and beyond
· Heritage, brands and national identities 
· The professionalization of archivists and history managers
· Digital humanities and the organization 
Those wishing to present a paper at the seminar should submit a 500-word abstract to Stephanie Decker at s.decker@aston.ac.uk by January 31, 2015.
    Registration is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please contact m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk to register. Travel and accommodation should be covered by the participants. On campus accommodation is available; please see http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/ for further information.
    The keynote speaker will be Roy Suddaby, (University of Victoria and Newcastle Business School), on “The professionalization of the corporate archivist.” Guest speakers include Alistair McKinlay (Nottingham Business School) and Maria Sienkiwicz (Barclays Bank, Group Archivist). There will be a roundtable on “The Theory and Practice of Archiving,” organized by Michael Anson (Business Archives Council and Bank of England) and Margaret Procter (Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies). 

About the ESRC seminar series: The seminar series aims create a platform for European research on organizational analysis, heritage and reflective societies. All events revolve around three interlinked themes: archiving and archival research as resources for organizational analysis, organizational remembering as an alternative theoretical approach, and emerging methodologies that challenge organizational histories. During these one-day events there will be sufficient time to discuss ongoing research with leading scholars and journal editors from different disciplines. Further inquiries should be addressed to the organizing team:  Stephanie Decker (Aston Business School), Michael Rowlinson (Queen Mary University London), and John Hassard (Manchester Business School).

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