IGNORANCE AT WORK: The practices and politics of organized ignorance

Ephemera workshop

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 13:30 to 17:30

Ephemera workshop

IGNORANCE AT WORK: The practices and politics of organized ignorance

29 September 2020, 13:30-17:30
CBS, Kilen, room 4.74


Workshop Organizers: 

  • Morten Knudsen (IOA) 

  • Justine Grønbæk Pors (MPP)

  • Birke Otto (MPP; European University Frankfurt/Oder)

Big data, transparency, and sharing as organising principles compel organizations to steadily seek information and produce knowledge. A focus on these imperatives though may distract attention from those mundane organizational practices that rely on avoiding, skirting and abstaining from palpable knowledge. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss and reflect on the politics and efficacies of mobilizing non-knowledge and strategic ignorance as a social practice - rather than an individual act of ignoring. Kate Kenny (NUY Galway), Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (CBS) and Linsey McGoey (University of Essex) will present various dimensions (practices, artefacts, affects, infrastructures and organizational rationalities) of ignoring and being ignored as social manifestation of the desire to produce knowledge and truth in contemporary organization.



There is a limited number of places available for the workshop, please sign up at




13.30-14.30: ‘Truth-telling and the Circulation of Digital Affects', Kate Kenny, NUI Galway, Ireland


14.30-15.30:  ‘Technologies of Ignorance’, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 

15.30-16.00:  Break

16.00-17.30:  Public lecture: ‘The Unknowers’, Linsey McGoey, University of Essex, UK


18.30:  Dinner 


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