Call for Short Position Papers for a one-day Virtual Symposium on:
"What Does It Mean to Retreat?"Business Retreats at the Crossroads of Performance and Religion
We invite scholars to examine with us the religious and theatrical features of "retreat" and "retreating" in business by presenting position papers (7-10 minutes) on the question "What does it mean to retreat?" The papers will be part of a day-long virtual symposium that includes paper presentations and group discussion, with the goal of bridging management studies and the humanities to explore how ritual and the performing arts are used by and can benefit workers and organizations. In keeping with the symposium's interdisciplinary intent, papers can use any theoretical perspective(s) and research methods and can analyze "business" and "retreat" broadly so as to encompass a broad range of cultural and historical contexts.
The symposium, which will take place on Friday, October 15th, 2021 via Zoom, launches an eighteenth-month project on "Business Retreats at the Crossroads of Performance and Religion" funded by the University of Alberta's Kule Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Calgary's Calgary Institute for the Humanities. The project will offer seminars and symposia to examine the phenomenon of business retreats and engage an international network of scholars. Our hope is that this transdisciplinary research will shed light on how individuals, communities, and businesses continue to reimagine themselves through periods of structured retreating from daily life and interrogate how business retreats function as discursive practices where creativity, imagination, and social practices construe new realities. The symposium is an exploratory event to launch the project.