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Affirmative Critique

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  • Dorthe Staunæs
  • Sverre Raffnsøe, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Mads Bank, University of Southern Denmark
The following roundtable took place at Copenhagen Business School, February 28 and continued July 14, 2020, in prolongation of an on-going annual series of PhD courses entitled Critique beyond Criticism. Close to 60 PhD students annually filed applications to enrol at the course organized by professor Dorthe Staunæs, University of Aarhus, A number of international scholars have given talks at the course, among others Maggie Maclure, Manchester Metropolitan, professor Nina Lykke, Linköping University, assistant professor Brigitte Bargetz, associate professor Jette Kofoed and professor Uffe Juul Jensen, University of Aarhus, and Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California. The courses were followed by two international and interdisciplinary seminars involving around 30 researchers with affiliations and backgrounds from the Nordic Countries as well as UK, Russia and East-Europe.
Together with associate professor Mads Bang (MB), two of the continuous presenters at and organizers of the PhD course professor Dorthe Staunæs (DS) and professor Sverre Raffnsøe (SR), Copenhagen Business School, discussed crucial conceptions and aspects of critique grounded in the discussions held at the PhD-courses and the two researcher seminars and related to performing critique in organization and management studies. Topics discussed includes: the ubiquity in the present and age of criticism, conceptions of critique and the distinction between negative and affirmative critique, critique as a problematic caricature, affirmative critique as voiced and articulated by Baldwin, Bellacasa, Butler, Derrida, Foucault, Haraway, Hughes, Kant, Kierkegaard, Lorde, Munoz, Schlegel, Sedgwick, Socrates.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEphemera: Theory & politics in organization
Number of pages20
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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