Thoughts on Movement, Growth and an Anthropologically-Sensitive IS/Organization Studies: An Imagined Correspondence with Tim Ingold

  • Tim Ingold
  • Lucas Introna
  • Donncha Kavanagh
  • Séamas Kelly
  • Wanda Orlikowski
  • Susan Scott
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 489)


In what follows, we present the outcome of an imagined dialogue with Tim Ingold on possible future directions for an anthropologically-sensitive approach to studying Information Systems (IS) and Organization Studies (OS). The aim is to try to convey some of the strangeness and freshness that we have found in his thought, with a view to stimulating IS/OS scholars to engage further with his work and ideas. The piece takes the form of an imagined Q&A session with Tim, which we have synthesized from excerpts of previously published interviews and writings.


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This interview has grown through the interpenetration of a range of different sources. Most notably, these include the following

  1. Ingold, T.: Up, across and along. Place Location Stud. Environ. Aesthet. Semiot. 5, 21–36 (2006)Google Scholar
  2. Ingold, T.: Earth, sky, wind, and weather. J. Roy. Anthropol. Inst. 13, S19–S38 (2007)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  4. Ingold, T.: Towards an ecology of materials. Annu. Rev. Anthropol. 41, 427–442 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Ingold, T.: The Life of Lines. Routledge, New York (2015)Google Scholar
  6. Ingold, T.: From science to art and back again: the pendulum of an anthropologist. ANUAC 5(1), 5–23 (2016)Google Scholar
  7. Ingold, T.: On human correspondence. J. Roy. Anthropol. Inst. (2016, to appear)Google Scholar
  8. Ingold, T., de Fiori, A.L., Alves Dias de Andrade, J.A., Queiróz Testa, A., Bassichetto Tambucci, Y.: Wayfaring thoughts: life, movement and anthropology – an interview with professor Tim Ingold. Ponto Urbe. 11 (2012). Accessed 10 Oct 2016
  9. Pitrou, P.: An anthropology beyond nature and culture? In: Ingold, T., Palsson’s, G. (eds.) Biosocial Becomings. Somatosphere, 5 August 2015. Accessed 10 Oct 2016

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Ingold
    • 1
  • Lucas Introna
    • 2
  • Donncha Kavanagh
    • 3
  • Séamas Kelly
    • 3
  • Wanda Orlikowski
    • 4
  • Susan Scott
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenScotland, UK
  2. 2.Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  3. 3.University College Dublin, UCD College of BusinessDublin 4Ireland
  4. 4.MIT Sloan School of ManagementCambridgeUSA
  5. 5.Department of ManagementLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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