A Pinch of Das Kapital and a Touch of Cynicism

Practices of Criticality at a UK Business School

  • Wed 7 Feb 18

    13:00 - 15:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Dr Marton Racz

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Work, Organisation and Society

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

Centre for Work, Organisation and Society is delighted to welcome Dr Marton Racz to our weekly research seminar series to present his paper, titled 'A Pinch of Das Kapital and a Touch of Cynicism: Practices of Criticality at a UK Business School'.

Event abstract

This talk is an early attempt to re-engage with my PhD and think beyond its ‘conclusions’. My doctoral research explored how criticality was articulated in a business school in the UK bringing together various contexts in practices of research, teaching, and administration - something that you may find relevant at Essex too. I found that there was hardly any profound discussion of teaching (methodology in particular) and that participants in my research would have liked to see more embodied forms of critique, akin to that expressed in their own and others’ research regarding distant organisations, times, and people. Hopefully amounting to some sort of academic activism, my questions for discussion at the seminar then would revolve around teaching methods we might use to complement the currently heavy emphasis on content and the ethical imperative critical scholars have towards ‘enacting-writing’ (to paraphrase Ashcraft, 2017).

Speaker biography

Dr Marton Racz is a postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement unit at Cass Business School, City, University of London. Previously, he worked at Essex Business School, University of Leicester School of Management, and the International Business School in Budapest. His research interests include the organisation of higher education; innovative ways of educating management students for ethics, responsibility and reflexivity; and the roles management academics’ organizational practices play in achieving this goal. He is also member of the editorial collective of ephemera: theory & politics in organization.

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