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Is small the only beautiful?

Making sense of ‘large phenomena’ from a practice-based perspective

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May 12, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

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Professor Davide Nicolini presents a research seminar on May 12 at 2pm in Blackrock (room TBC).

The seminar is titled "Is small the only beautiful? Making sense of ‘large phenomena’ from a practice-based perspective"


In this presentation I will discuss how a practice-based sensitivity can be used to address big issues and ‘large scale phenomena’. The topic is central to the advancement of practice oriented studies. Practice-based sensitivities are often pigeonholed as part of micro-sociology and thus deemed unsuitable to deal with some of the big issues of our time and of scarce importance outside academic circles. Showing that this is not the case is therefore of great importance. To do so I will critically survey some of the ways in which practice oriented scholars have addressed ‘large phenomena’ and comment on their affordances and limitations. I will conclude that practice theory requires to reconsider what counts as ‘large scale phenomena’ and so it does not resolve as much as dissolve traditional dichotomies such as the difference between micro and macro, local and global.

Davide Nicolini is Professor & Co Director of IKON at Warwick Business School (link)

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