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A shared zone of ignorance: Considering practices of seeing and unseeing in and around nursing stations in two psychiatric wards


Yes, well, here we have this Dovecote [the nursing station] where there are glass partitions all the way around, which lets us see the patients. We can’t always hear them when the door is closed, but we can see what’s going on just outside. They can also see us. I don’t think that this is always an advantage.

Organised ignorance

This special issue explores the role of ignorance in contemporary organisations. In recent years, ignorance has received growing attention in sociology, organisation studies and cultural studies (Gross and McGoey, 2015).

Digitalize and deny: Pluralistic collective ignorance in an algorithmic profiling project


In contemporary management discourse, we hear a resounding catch phrase: ‘Digitalize or die’. A quick Google search will convince you. This command implies that if an organization ignores the possibilities offered by digital technologies, it will be outperformed by more vigilant competitors or find itself unable to achieve its goals. In this paper, we demonstrate the relevance of a twist of this expression.

Oracles, ignorance and expertise: The struggle over what not to know

The unknowers certainly addresses a heated contemporary discussion around the rise of populist politics and the state of democratic capitalism. The review of such a book presents a certain challenge; The unknowers attempts a comprehensive interpretation of contemporary social relations all the while oscillating between historical analysis and political intervention. It is this balancing act that makes the book both captivating and provoking.

Organised ignorance: The practices and politics of the organisation of ignorance

Issue editors: Morten Knudsen, Tore Bakken and Justine Grønbæk Pors


The purpose of this special issue of ephemera is to explore the potential of theorizing and unpacking analytically the role of ignorance in contemporary organizations. We are particularly interested in conceptual development and empirical studies that go beyond an understanding of ignorance as something performed by individuals and explore the practices, techniques, artefacts, affects, infrastructures and different organisational rationalities involved in organized ignorance.

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