Strangely Familiar: The Uncanny and Unsiting Organizational Analysis

Item Type Journal paper

This paper focuses on the aesthetics of the uncanny to inquire into and perform affective sites of organizing that are imbued with feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness. We argue that the uncanny forms an ‘unconcept' that allows us to think and apprehend ‘white spaces' of organization not as new or other spaces but through a process of relating intensively with the conventional places, streets and squares that form the backdrop to everyday life. We also make use of the notion of ‘unsiting' to show how organizational research is able to enhance our appreciation of the aesthetic dimension of organization in ways that expose and undermine that which has become familiar and taken-for-granted. Based on an artistic intervention by the theatre collective Rimini Protokoll, we encounter and analyse such processes of unsiting through the affective and spatial doublings at work in the organization of urban space. Theorizing the organizational uncanny opens up new sites/sights in organization by forging an interconnection of the recent affective, spatial and aesthetic ‘turns' in organizational theory. To do this demands what we call scholarly performances that involve the witnessing and enacting of everyday sites of organizing.

Authors Beyes, Timon & Steyaert, Chris
Journal or Publication Title Organization Studies
Language English
Keywords aesthetics, affect, everyday, Rimini Protokoll, uncanny, unsiting, white space, witnessing
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date October 2013
Publisher Sage Publishing
Place of Publication London UK
Volume 34
Number 10
Page Range 1445-1465
Number of Pages 21
ISSN 0170-8406
ISSN-Digital 1741-3044
Publisher DOI 10.1177/0170840613495323
Depositing User Prof. PhD Chris Steyaert
Date Deposited 27 Aug 2013 15:24
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:17


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Beyes, Timon & Steyaert, Chris (2013) Strangely Familiar: The Uncanny and Unsiting Organizational Analysis. Organization Studies, 34 (10). 1445-1465. ISSN 0170-8406

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