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Accelerationism


Special issue call for papers from Journal of Organizational Change Management

Accelerationism
(special issue of JOCM)

Guest Editors:

•    Dr Maaike de Jong, RUG (Rijks Universiteit Groningen) at Leeuwarden (NL)
j.b.m.de.jong@rug.nl  (*)
•    Prof dr Carlos Mendonça, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (BR)
macomendonca@gmail.com
•    Dr Stephen Overy, Newcastle University (UK)
Stephen.Overy1@newcastle.ac.uk
(*)  Corresponding guest editor

Accelerationism is one of the most controversial concepts of our times; in this special issue we call upon organization scholars to reflect on its sources, importance, applications and meaning. Researchers investigating accelerationism explore the significance of ‘speeding up’ --- that is, the belief and/or awareness that cultural, economic, organizational and business processes are more and more rapid. For some, ‘acceleration’ is energizing and desirable; but for others it is threatening and devastating. Speeding up is suspected of influencing and even   producing hypercapitalism and exploitation, social control and repression, chaos and complexification, creativity and experimentation, entropy and the decline of civilization, entrepreneurship and renewal; to mention just a few themes.
 
There have been very different analyses of accelerationism. Nick Land (1991, 2011), in the name of Deleuzian philosophy, delivered a ‘ferocious but short-lived assault’ on complacency and the academic status quo; ultimately to argue that the only escape from capitalism was to produce ever more extreme forms of it. He is often seen today as a poisonous ideologue of the alt-right. Noys (2014) has claimed that (hyper)speed-up can never surpass capitalism, but only nourishes it. He calls for us to disengage. Williams and Srnicek (2013) (Srnicek, 2017) have written an accelerationist manifesto claiming that rapid socio-technical change could lead to a “liberatory” post-work society; they champion the accelerationist post-industrial future.
 
Thus, what does accelerationism mean for ‘organizing’? What is really left of ‘organization’ and ‘organizing’ in an accelerationist world of permanent impermanence? Has organizational theory been wise to draw its radical and critical voice from theoreticians of motility and vitality (such as, Bataille, Artaud, Blanchot, Deleuze, deLanda and Virilio)?

We call for papers that address the accelerationist controversy from theoretical and practical perspectives --- we think especially of applications to organization, marketing and financial management, as well as to contributions to the political critique of business and organizational theory.

Submission

Submissions due by 30.12.2019. Please use the ScholarOne manuscript submission portal https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocm 

Please refer to the author guidelines here

 

References

 

Land, N  (1991) The Thirst for Annihilation New York: Routledge.
---    (2011) Fanged Noumena Falmouth UK: Urbanonic
Noys, B (2014) Malign Velocities Winchester UK: Zero Books.
Srnicek, N (2017) Platform Capitalism London: Polity.
Williams, A & N Srnicek (2013) #Accelerate Manifesto (in the Accelerationist Reader, 2014)