Management Seminars: Emma Bell (Open University)

10 October 2017, 4.00 PM - 10 October 2017, 5.30 PM

Emma Bell (Open University)

G.15, 15-19 Tyndall's Park Road, BRISTOL BS8 1PQ

Title: The hand of feeling in craft work organization: bodies, practices and affect


This paper examines how embodied practices of making in craft work organizations are constructed in a way which generates affective, inter-corporeal relations. It draws attention to the significance of the hand in UK businesses that draw on craft discourses in making pottery, shoes and bicycles. It is argued that, by positioning the hand as central to the capacity to affect and be affected, the hand animates our relationship to crafted objects and their producers in a way which opens up possibilities for more ethical engagement with things. The paper also demonstrates how the meaning of embodied, situated practices of craft work is derived through opposition to making practices that are displaced, thereby exposing antimaterialist relationships to things which rely on preventing sensory engagements through touch. The paper concludes by considering the broader implications of affect theory for practice-based organization studies and the development of a post-human ethics of relationality.

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