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Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) 2024

Date: 9 to 12 July 2024 | Time: 9:00 onwards
Location: Newcastle University Business School

  • Guest speakers

The 2024 Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism will be hosted by Newcastle University Business School in July 2024.

The Standing Conference of Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) is a prestigious annual international conference. It takes place in different countries and hosting universities. In recent years, the conference has taken place in cities such as:

  • Paris
  • Copenhagen
  • York
  • Tokyo
  • Rome
  • Uppsala
  • Nottingham
  • Utrecht
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Call for papers

The theme for SCOS 2024 is Electricity.

We invite you to download the SCOS Conference 2024 Call for Papers

About SCOS

SCOS is a global network of academics and practitioners. They hail from a hugely diverse range of disciplines and professional backgrounds.

SCOS was formed in 1981. We began as an autonomous working group of the European Group for Organizational Studies. We became an independent academic venture in 1984 with the Lund Conference, with 2024 marking our 40th anniversary.

Our central interest is in the interlinked issues of organizational symbolism, culture and change. This is articulated in the broadest possible sense and informed by our commitment to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary understandings of organization and management.

Our work draws, inter alia, from:

  • organization studies
  • social anthropology
  • management
  • cultural studies
  • media studies
  • philosophy
  • history
  • politics
  • social psychology

2024 highlights

Among others, our keynote speakers for 2024 will include:

  • Hannah Knox, Lecturer in Digital Anthropology and Material Culture at University College London

  • Supriya Nagarajan, founding member and CEO of Manasamitra, a UK based arts organisation

SCOS 2024 will also include a gala dinner. This will take place at Newcastle upon Tyne's Wylam Brewery, located within the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park.

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Register for the conference

Details on how to register for the SCOS 2024 conference will be added here soon.

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