ephemera events archive

2 Jun 2022 to 3 Jun 2022

Conference organizers: Nick Butler, Lena Olaison, Bent Meier Sørensen and Sverre Spoelstra

Games now permeate our lives on an unprecedented scale. We play mobile games on our daily commute. We collect XP and unlock virtual rewards as we go about our normal work.  We use augmented reality to catch Pokémon during our lunch break. We learn on-the-job skills with the aid of a VR headset and a personalized avatar. We relax by playing online role-playing games with... more

8 Dec 2021 to 9 Dec 2021

Organizers: Sine Nørholm Just, Sara Dahlman, Erik Mygind du Plessis & Emil Husted

If the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that societal institutions that appear both immutable and indestructible, such as the right to peaceful assembly or the professional handshake, may come tumbling down surprisingly fast. Adding a pandemic to the escalating number of earth-shattering crises, then, has created general public awareness of what was already... more

31 May 2021 to 1 Jun 2021

Organizers: Yousra Rahmouni Elidrissi, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Christos Giotitsas

As we find ourselves in the midst of yet another crisis that undermines the ecological, political and economic bases of our lives, alternative forms of organizing are gaining renewed attention, and calls for a critical engagement with them are more urgent than ever. In response to this imperative, this conference explores the current challenges and... more

18 Aug 2020

This session is part of the ephemera special issue on Standby as Mode of Organizing

Standby. On sociomaterial modes of organizing

Panel organizer: Laura Kemmer, Annika Kühn, Birke Otto and Vanessa Weber

Standby, in its technical sense, refers to devices that are neither on nor off. It... more

31 Jul 2020

Throughout its 20 years’ existence, ephemera’s purpose as a journal has been to critically engage with the theory and politics of organization. In the face of the current re-organization of public and private life on an unprecedented scale, ephemera’s editorial collective has decided to slow down the processes of running a journal. This means that the publication of issue 20.2 (May 2020) will be suspended and future issues will be postponed by 3 months. We are aware that junior scholars in... more

25 May 2020 to 26 May 2020


Organizers: Chris Giotitsas, Lena Olaison, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar and Karolina Mikołajewska-Zając

Crises are a defining characteristic of our times. From the looming dread of environmental collapse, to the perpetual turmoil in the financial markets, to overall existential doubts over our unsustainable ‘way of life’. The aim of this conference is to inquire into the organising for the potential collapse of the current dominant mode of production... more

20 Feb 2020 to 21 Feb 2020

Survival itself has something nonsensical about it today, like dreams in which, having experienced the end of the world, one afterwards crawls from the basement.

T.W. Adorno, Minimal Moralia.

Critique is always a critique of some instituted practice, discourse, episteme, institution, and it loses its character the moment in which it is abstracted from its operation and made to stand alone as a purely

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25 Jun 2019
Touched by the ghost


A video from this event is now available here.


Join us, if you dare, at the Royal Cast Collection.

No need for complicated seances to evoke the ghost.

Stay still. Listen. Breathe in.

The ghost will find you.

To launch the ephemera publication ... more

24 May 2018 to 25 May 2018

Organizers: Irina Cheresheva, Chris Giotitsas, Márton Rácz and Konstantin Stoborod

The almost 30-year history of postsocialism has largely eluded organization theory, even though the unfettered expansion of neoliberalism has been seen as a vindication of the collapse of the former eastern bloc. This makes it timely to consider what has happened with (post)socialist organizations, not only in terms of the flow of ‘Western’ concepts of management and organizing... more

1 Jun 2017 to 2 Jun 2017


Measurement is a central task of capitalist organization. From the days of the industrial factory, when labour first came to be measured in hours, through to the time-motion studies under Taylorist regimes, measurement has involved the optimization of surplus value extraction from labour. During the 20th century, these techniques of measurement were complemented by more intrusive forms of quantification such as the use of psychological testing in the human relations school.... more

14 Dec 2016

This workshop explores the relation between whistleblowing and forms of organizational power, and with critique. With the shocking revelations of Snowden and Wikileaks, and news of Manning’s mistreatment in custody, whistleblowing is a ‘hot topic’ in news debates. Even so, public perceptions of whistleblowers are rife with ambivalence; for some they represent ‘traitorous violators’ of a code of fidelity to their organization, suspicious figures who reject their obligations of loyalty to the... more

20 May 2016


Accounts of neoliberalism have focused principally upon regimes of accumulation and their socio-economic conditions and consequences.  From outsourcing to de-industrialisation and privatised Keynesianism through to concerted and widespread attacks on labour, these shifts have been framed by commentators in terms of the ‘restoration of class power’. The epochal transformations of administrative, state and IFI structures and operations have, through the fetishistic mantra... more

17 Dec 2015

This ephemera workshop aims to discuss how the study of ghosts and ghostly matters in organizations can contribute to an understanding of what organization and organizing is. It will explore the disorderly, the unexplainable, the uncanny qualities of organizational life and attends to all the different sorts of ‘absent-presences’ that haunt, disrupt, distort, trouble, and bother the smooth functioning of work life. Additionally, it aims to learn about fissures between... more

6 May 2015 to 7 May 2015

Conference organizers: Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Konstantin Stoborod and Keti Chukhrov at NCCA Moscow, Russia, 6-7 May 2015

The very first ephemera conference, ‘Web of capturing the moving mind’, which took place on a Trans-Siberian train, had Moscow as its starting point. 10 years later, ephemera is happy to announce it is going back to Moscow, so as to make our minds move again and cross all sorts of boundaries that constitute us and... more

16 Dec 2014



… each kind of society corresponds to a particular kind of machine – with simple mechanical machines corresponding to sovereign societies, thermodynamic machines to disciplinary societies, cybernetic machines and computers to control societies. (Deleuze, Control and becoming)

… as a technologically mediated module circulating within the organizational complex, the

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