Keynote on power at ‘Moving Practice Forward’ workshop

I had a fantastically generative time discussing my ideas on how to tackle power through practice theory as a keynote speaker for this year’s Warwick Advanced Workshop on Practice Based Studies. Based on my chapter, I spoke over a 2.5 hour session. It was though far from a monologue; I never talked for long without another well informed and apposite intervention from this group of critically engaged scholars. Questions and critique came from the wide range of perspectives and approaches represented at this international event.

This was just as I hoped, for all that it was a challenge. The chapter, and my talk, are only early steps in an ambitious agenda for me. It was great to get input and critique from leading figures like fellow keynote speaker Joe Rouse, Davide Nicolini and Hari Tsoukas, as well as from many advanced PhDs and early career researchers, including some engaging empirically with situations, practices and processes that I’ve so far only discussed in the abstract.

It was a great event to be part of, and stimulating to be in a field of practice theory work very distinct from my usual milieu. It was my first time at one of the Warwick workshops/summer schools and it was clear that the series so far has established a strong community and tradition bringing practice approaches to enable critical engagement with organisations.

Author: Matt Watson

A Human Geographer at the University of Sheffield, interested in how everyday human action and social orders make each other, with implications for sustainability and wellbeing.

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