In this symposium, the two professors Barbara Czarniawska and Orvar Löfgren where invited to discuss the notion of overflow seen from their respective fields of expertise. The discussion was held in relation to ”Awakening", by the artist Meta Isæus-Berlin, exhibited at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Barbara Czarniawska is the head of the research program Managing Overflow at the University of Gothenburg. She takes a feminist and constructionist perspective on organizing, recently exploring the phenomenon of overflow and the ways in which people, institutions and corporations define and manage situations of "too much".
Orvar Löfgren focuses, in his research, on cultural analysis and ethnography of everyday life. Exploring the world of crucial but elusive academics skills used for surviving overflows, and underlines the importance of selective knowledge and the ability to oversee and forget
Together, the two speakers also co-edits "Co-oping with Excess - How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflow"