Call for Contributions – Celebrating 70 years: Reimagining Human Relations in our Time

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Call for Contributions – Celebrating 70 years: Reimagining Human Relations in our Time

We are delighted and excited to be issuing this call for contributions to the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations festival, 17-20 October 2017.

Taking place over four days, Reimagining Human Relations in our Time will be a multi-sited event taking place in the public domain. Its aims are:

To engage and expand research interest in the Tavistock Institute’s archive material that is being catalogued at the Wellcome Library.

To invite creative participation in our programme of work; our philosophical approach; applied methodologies and their potential in tackling current societal challenges.

To offer activities consistent with the Tavistock Institute’s history and practice that will support an improved understanding of wellbeing- in its individual, organisational and societal dimensions.

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) applies social science to contemporary issues and problems, in relation to group and organisational behaviour. The Institute is currently in the process of uncovering and cataloguing its extensive and rich archive at Wellcome Library, which is being released in batches to open up research possibilities.

The archive provides a comprehensive record of the formation, establishment, and development of the Tavistock Institute, charting the emergence of integrated multi-disciplinary research in the social sciences and organisational design in the twentieth century.

These papers document the working methods and processes of this pioneering group of social scientists, including anthropologists and psychoanalysts. The archive contains lively and reflective traces of their methodological workings and practices in key industrial and organisational projects. From the coal face and cotton mills, to studies on the psychology of pleasure foods, the collection is a vibrant and diverse sideways look at life in Britain in the late twentieth century.

We are inviting your responses under the following themes:

NOW: Letters from the new social ecology

HERE: Evolving practice in our informed society

THERE: In the Shadow and Light of the Archive

THEN: Transacting with the Future

More information on these themes can be found on the blog, along with details on how to submit:

We are interested in receiving proposals in relation to the themes above and the overall theme of the festival. Your proposals can be for workshops; participatory sessions; talks; performances; poetry readings; art works and other interventions. They can include a virtual or a physical dimension.

Deadlines for submissions: Wednesday 3rd May 2017.