Management Seminars: Melissa Tyler (University of Essex)

7 November 2017, 4.00 PM - 7 November 2017, 5.30 PM

Melissa Tyler (University of Essex)

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

Title: Re-assembling difference? Rethinking inclusion through/as embodied ethics 


This paper considers inclusion through the lens of embodied ethics. It does so by connecting feminist writing on recognition, ethics and embodiment to recent examples of political activism as instances of recognition-based organizing. In making these connections, the paper draws on insights from Judith Butler’s recent writing on the ethics and politics of assembly in order to re-think how inclusion might be understood and practiced. It has three inter-related aims: (i) to emphasize the importance of a critical reconsideration of the ethics and politics of inclusion given, on the one hand, its positioning as an organizational ‘good’ and on the other, the conditions attached to it; (ii) to develop a critique of inclusion as it is currently understood and practiced within organizations, drawing on insights from recent feminist thinking on embodied ethics, and (iii) to connect the theoretical critique of inclusion, re-considered here through the lens of embodied ethics, to assembly as a form of political activism. Each of these aims underpins the theoretical and empirical discussion developed in the paper, specifically its focus on the relationship between embodied ethics, the interplay between theory and practice, and a politics of assembly, as the basis for a critical reconsideration of inclusion. 

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