Department of Business Humanities and Law

PhD defence: Maximilian Schellmann

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Maximilian Schellmann has submitted his thesis entitled: The Politics of Organizing Refugee Camps

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 13:00 to 15:00

This is a study of refugee camps as spaces of organizing, and of the politics being enacted and produced through such. Hitherto placed at the margins of organization studies, as well as literally being placed at the margins of organizational, life, the study places refugee camps centre stage. It does so through an ethnographic investigation of two refugee camps physically based in Africa, yet organized from way beyond its immediate borders. The study argues that whilst refugee camps are highly organized places, which seek to render homogeneity and to distinguish between what is ‘inside’ and ‘outside’, they also constantly produce inherent ruptures and paradoxes, which in turn produce the possibilities of an emancipatory politics for camp inhabitants, beyond and through their inscription as refugees.
Primary Supervisor:
Professor Robin Holt
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
Secondary Supervisor:
Professor Dr. Timon Beyes
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Copenhagen Business School
Assessment Committee:

Professor Mitchell Dean (Chair)
Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Copenhagen Business School
Professor Kate Kenny
Queen's University Belfast
Professor, Dr. Harald Welzer
Institute for advanced studies in the humanities
University Allience Ruhr

The thesis will be available from

The Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in the area outside the defence room.

Date: 20 November 2018
Time: 13 – 15
Location: Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 20, PHRs20, 2000 Frederiksberg

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