Timing, Spacing, Organizing: Getting to How

Date(s) - 28/06/2018 - 29/06/2018 All Day

Piazza Building

Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers

Course objectives:

  • To provide advanced training to later stage PhD students and Early Career Researchers regarding how to study timing, spacing and organizing;
  • To develop from conceptual to methodological approaches for researching timing and spacing within and around organizations;
  • To identify and discuss how ontological and epistemological assumptions affect how we study timing, spacing and organizing;
  • To advance knowledge, practice and research skills around how to conduct research into timing and spacing in a variety of organizational settings;
  • To establish a network of timing, spacing, organizing researchers that will share best practices.


Stephen Linstead is a Professor of Critical Management at The York Management School, University of York. His research tends to fall into five main areas – organization theory and philosophy; aesthetic approaches to organization; language based approaches to organization; gender and sexuality in organizations; qualitative methods, ethnography and culture.

Karen Dale works in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University, UK. Her research is on embodiment, socio-materiality and spatiality in relation to organising. As well as journal articles, she is author of ‘Anatomising Embodiment and Organisation Theory’ (Palgrave 2001) and ‘The Spaces of Organisation and the Organisation of Space: Power, Identity and Materiality at Work’ (with Gibson Burrell, Palgrave 2008).

Joanna Latimer is a Professor of Sociology, Science & Technology & Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York. Her research focuses on the cultural, social and existential effects and affects for how science & medicine are done. She works ethnographically, from the bedside, inside the clinic, across to the laboratory and the home, and back again. Her work examines everyday processes of inclusion and exclusion, and tracks how people, technologies and other non-humans are assembled and made to mean. She is especially interested in the worlds people make together and the biopolitics they are entangled in and circulate.

Nik Brown is a Professor in Sociology at the University of York working across Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the Sociology of Health and Illness (SHI). His current AHRC funded (2018-20) project, ‘Pathways, Practices and Architectures: Containing Antimicrobial Resistance in the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic (PARC)’, looks at: spaces and practices; pathways, journeys and flow; and imagining redesign in 3 cystic fibrosis clinics in the UK.


Day 1
10.00 – 10.30 Registration and refreshments
10.30 – 11.30 Session 1:

Professor Stephen Linstead

Time and Territory 

11.30 – 12.30 Session 2:

Professor Joanna Latimer

Getting inside (dis)organizing:

Tracking Persons, Discourses and Things Across Time & Space.

12.30 – 13.00 Roundtable Discussion:

From conceptual to methodological approaches in researching timing, spacing, organizing

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Session 3:

Professor Nik Brown (co-athors Sarah Nettleton, Daryl Martin and Chrissy Buse)

Pathways, Practices and Architectures

15.30 Refreshments
15.45 – 16.45 Thoughts of the day

Q & A

Day 2
9.30 – 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 – 11.00 Session 4:

Dr Karen Dale

Everyday immersion: from the researcher’s embodiment to the academic inscription

11.00 – 12.30 PGR/ECR Show and Tell
12.00 – 13.00 Roundtable Discussion – Future Directions: advancing how in Timing, Spacing, Organizing research

Thoughts of the day


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and close