COMING EVENTS -- Standing Symbolism


Standing Symbolism

Research events the whole family can enjoy

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff

A conference room in the Hotel Titania . The room is said to be unique, "because of its excellent natural lighting and ventilation."

On July 5-9, 2000, get yourself and the spouse (if any) and the kids (if you have them, and if they like a rollicking intellectual good time) to the Hotel Titania in Athens, Greece. That's where this year's International Conference of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism will be.

Au Natural

The Hotel Titania was renovated in 1998. Sources tell me that the renovation was "in line with the management's goal of providing its guests the highest standard of service." (That's a direct quote from the sources, who got it from the Hotel Titania's web site.) The hotel has four brand-new spacious conference and meeting rooms. Sources assure us that all of the meeting rooms "are unique, because of their excellent natural lighting and ventilation."

Conference of the Conference

This will be the 18th International Conference of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism. What will it be about? The conference organizers describe it better than I can. Here's what they say:

[The] conference is intended as an arena where the latest developments in research on Organizational Culture and Symbolism may be presented, regardless of their direct relevance to the conference theme... Papers are invited on any aspect of methodology or theory, the results of field investigations, interventions, or any themes... which are of continuing interest

This is one event your kids will appreciate fully as much as you do.

You and they will be able to "address the implications of RETRO-ORGANIZATION THEORY;" to "address the implications of PRE-MODERNISM;" and to "reconsider the DISCIPLINARY MIX of organization studies." All that, and go shopping, too! The Hotel Titania itself offers "a wide range of exceptional quality items from souvenirs and museum replicas to jewellery and Byzantine icons."

Passion and Consumption

The keynote speaker on July 6 will be James Davidson of the University of London, the author of Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens. He will discuss "Consuming Passions." Doctor Davidson has also published his findings about "Greek public bars and Dido and child-sacrifice."

The End

The next day's keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Douglas Kellner of The University of California, Los Angeles. He will discuss the end of history.

Where? What? Where? What?

The conference organizers say this will be a good opportunity to discuss four questions: Where have we come from? What have we learned? Where can we go? What did we miss along the way?

These are good questions, all. I can't think of a better place to discuss them than at the Conference of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism. See you there!

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