#ELMA15 Call for Papers

Relational approaches: The next frontier or latest fad?

2-3 July 2015 – ACU (North Sydney)

Relational approaches have been around since the earliest years of leadership, management and administration scholarship, and contemporary rhetoric stresses the importance of relationships. Despite this, notions of a relational turn are relatively recent.

At the turn of the century James Hunt and George Dodge (2000) argued that relational approaches were at the forefront of emerging leadership scholarship. In the time since Hunt and Dodge’s claim, relational approaches have solidified a place in the intellectual space of broader leadership scholarship (Dinh et al., 2014). The significance of relational approaches is often argued for as a means of generating scholarship that has more relevance to the world of practice (Bradbury & Litchenstein, 2000).

Key recent texts include: Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia Ospina’s (2012) Advancing relational leadership research; David Giles, Martin Bell, John Halsey and Carolyn Palmer’s (2012) Co-constructing a relational approach to educational leadership and management; and Scott Eacott’sĀ  (2015) Educational leadership relationally.

We invite proposals that critically question the construction and role of relations, relationships or relational leadership in the scholarship of educational leadership, management and administration. This can include, but not exclusively, the construction of the research object, the explanatory power or descriptive value of relations/relationships, or the centrality of relationships to educational leadership, management and administration. If relational approaches are at the cutting-edge of contemporary thought and analysis, how can we theorise and understand relationships and relations in the organising of education and educational labour?

We furtherĀ intend for our theme to raise searching questions about just what counts as relations/relationships in the first place. We encourage proposals that query, for example, entity or relational ontologies. We invite discussions about the scholarly value of relational approaches. And we remain open to proposals that offer innovative insights or critiques of relational approaches.

Submission details: Abstracts of up to 400 words are due by 5:00pm 28 February 2015. Working papers for the accepted abstracts of 3,000-6,000 words are due by 31 ay 2015 and will be distributed to registered participants prior to the workshop to enable pre-reading and meaningful engagement with ideas. For all enquiries and abstract submission please email Associate Professor Scott Eacott – [email protected]

Further details about the Annual ELMA Theory Workshop can be found here.

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