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Seminar: Marianna Fotaki, Warwick, Mikaela Sundberg, Stockholm

[29] [Nov 2019] [ 1:30 pm] [ ]


12 rue Pierre Sémard
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Marianna Fotaki holds degrees in medicine, health economics, and a PhD in public policy from London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining academia in 2003 she has worked as a medical doctor in Greece, China, and the UK, as a volunteer and manager for humanitarian organizations Médecins du Monde and Médecins sans Frontiers in Iraq and Albania, and as the EU senior resident adviser to governments in transition (in Russia, Georgia and Armenia). Marianna is at present a Senior Editor for Organization Studies, and co-directs pro bono an online think tank Centre for Health and the Public Interest a charity that aims to disseminate research informing the public and policy makers ( Marianna is a Network Fellow at the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University in 2014-2015.
Seminar : "The problem is me" – Work practices, normative control and ascetic responsibilization in Cistercian monasteries
Mikaela Sundberg is Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. She is also Director of Research at SCORE.
What do interpersonal relations in voluntary total organizations or arenas with strong collective solidarity look like? And how do structural conditions affect them? Her research for the past few years has dealt with these questions, presently focusing on Catholic monasteries as the case of inquiry. 
The project "Organizing Monastic Life: Towards a Theory of Fraternal Relations",  funded by the Swedish Research Council, concerns the conceptualization and practices of fraternal relationships, and how they differ from friendship, in an organizational context. In many organizations, there is a potential tension involved when personal relationships develop alongside the organized relationship, among members as members. Catholic monasteries, as archetypical examples of voluntary total and greedy institutions, are strategic cases of inquiry because of the significance they assign to exclusively fraternal relations, resulting in an explicit tension with personal forms of relationships. How are personal bonds among people who live closely together for extended periods of time restricted, and collective solidarity created to hold them together as a whole? How are fraternal relationships accomplished?
In a previous  study, she investigated the French Foreign Legion. Based on rich ethnographic work, the book A Sociology of the Total Organization: Atomistic Unity in the French Foreign Legion (Routledge, 2015) examines the organization of everyday life inside the regiments of the French Foreign Legion. This book is the primary result of the research project “Social relations within a total and greedy institution”, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Earlier areas of research have been within sociology of science and science and technology studies (STS). In a number of articles, she has explored the role of modeling and simulations as scientific practice within astrophysics, oceanography, and meteorology, including climate modeling.

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