Nostalgia, Emotions & Organizational History

Nostalgia, Emotions & Organizational History

15 June 2016, 09:30 - 18:30, Aston Business School 

The fifth seminar in our series will take place in Birmingham, hosted by Aston Business School at the Bond in Digbeth. Digbeth is a fitting place to consider the subject of nostalgia, as it is Birmingham’s post-industrial urban regeneration zone between the Bullring and the future HS2 station. Its many empty warehouses and buildings have become venues for clubs featuring Northern Soul Dancing Classes, the Digbeth Dining Club, and alternative shops at the Custard Factory. Nearby is Birmingham’s oldest pub, the Old Crown, dating back to 1368.


Yiannis Gabriel

Yiannis Gabriel is Professor of Organizational Theory at Bath University. Yiannis has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is well known for his work into organizational storytelling and narratives, leadership, management learning and the culture and politics of contemporary consumption. He has used narratives as a way of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, nostalgia, insults and apologies. Another area of his work has been dedicated to developing a psychoanalytic approach to the study of organizations. He is Senior Editor of Organization Studies and is the author of nine books, most recently The Unmanageable Consumer (with Tim Lang). His enduring fascination as a researcher lies in what he describes as the unmanageable qualities of life in and out of organizations. He blogs regularly at 


Professor Constantine Sedikides

Constantine Sedikides’ research is on self and identity and their interplay with emotion and motivation, close relationships, and group or organizational processes. He has published 14 volumes and over 300 articles. He has received several awards, such as the Kurt Lewin Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology and The Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, The British Psychological Society (2012). Before joining the University of Southampton, Constantine taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He holds a PhD from Ohio State University, USA.

Professor Mairi Maclean

Mairi Maclean is Professor of International Business in the Division of Strategy and Organization, School of Management, University of Bath. She has held positions at the universities of Aston, Royal Holloway University of London, UWE, Exeter, Newcastle and the Sorbonne. She received her PhD from the University of St Andrews. She has undertaken numerous academic management roles, including Director of Research, Deputy Dean, Subject Group Head and MBA Director. 

Her research interests include international business elites and elite power, entrepreneurial philanthropy, and history and organisation studies. She is the author of four books, including Business Elites and Corporate Governance in France and the UK (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) with Charles Harvey and Jon Press, and editor of a further four. Recent publications include contributions to the Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Organizational Research Methods, and Human Relations

Agnes Delahaye

Agnès Delahaye is an Americanist, specialized in colonial history and historiography. Her research interests include American colonization and the formation of corporate states, colonial governance, historical writing and promotional literature. She has published in French and English on corporate history, New England history, historiography and memory. Recently a Jenny D'Héricourt fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, she is currently preparing a monograph entitled John Winthrop and the Good Land of New England. Colonial governance and promotional writing in early New England, to be published in the fall of 2017. She teaches US history and culture at the University of Lyon II. 

Eva C. Heesen read Early Modern and Modern History as well as Political Sciences at the universities of Münster, Hanover and Gothenburg. She just recently finished her PhD –project entitled ‘Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge as Governor General and Viceroy of Hanover 1816-1837’. Since 2010 she has been doing freelance public relations work for the German parliament and has worked as a freelance researcher and guide for the Historical Museum of Hanover as well as for the Museum at Herrenhausen Palace.  

Professor Charles Harvey

Charles Harvey is Professor of Business History and Management and Director of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy (REWP) at Newcastle University, UK. His research spans the fields of strategy, organization studies and international business and is methodologically multi-faced combining quantitative and qualitative approaches using diverse sources. He has published widely in books, edited books and journals, including the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Human Relations, The Economic History Review, Business History and The Business History Review.


 Time Agenda
09.30-10.00  Arrival and Refreshments 
10.00-10.15  Welcome and Introduction
10.15-11.30 Yiannis Gabriel (Bath): “Organizational Nostalgia” 
11.30-11.45  Coffee/Tea 

Constantine Sedikides (Southampton): “Organizational Nostalgia Increases Work Meaning: The Moderating Role of Burnout”

12.30-13.30 Italian Buffet Lunch
13.30-14.15 Agnes Delahaye (Lyon 2): "Usable pasts and the anxieties of nostalgia: colonisation and historiography in New England"
14.15-15.00 Eva C Heesen (Hannover): "Nostalgia and Museums: Invaluable Tool or Curse?"
15.00-15.30 Coffee/Tea and cake
15.30-16.15 Marie MacLean (Bath) & Charles Harvey (Newcastle): “Nostalgia, metaphor and the subjective understanding of historic identity transition”
16.15-16.45 Discussion and Closing Remarks 
16.45-18.30  Drinks reception

Further information 

The event will take place at:

The Bond
180-182 Fazeley Street
Birmingham B5 5SE


As an ESRC funded seminar, attendance is free. Please register at Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact Prof Stephanie Decker (s.decker@aston.ac.uk) or Ms Maria Podsiadly (m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk).

This seminar is sponsored by the ESRC, funding reference ES/M002160/1. 

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