• A warning to the curious: ghost signs as liminal memento-mori

    Author(s):
    Ian Rodwell (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    CityLIS, Horror, Place Studies
    Subject(s):
    Art and environment, Ghosts in literature, Organization theory, Space and place, Storytelling
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism
    Conf. Org.:
    University of York
    Conf. Loc.:
    York
    Conf. Date:
    9-11 July 2019
    Tag(s):
    Ghost signs, Liminality, organizational culture
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8c08-x797
    Abstract:
    This conference paper explores ghost signs: the faded adverts for brands, organisations and services that we see inked or carved on walls or above shops. I discuss: 1. the liminality of ghosts and ghosts signs – and the ways we materially engage with them 2. how they flex time and, in doing so, gift us an organisational warning 3. and how, as memento mori, their ancestors – the medieval macabre art of the three living and the three dead – ambiguously suggest not only organisational decay and dissolution but also possible continuity Finally, I explore how this continuity may involve a vampiric relationship between new businesses and the old - and the possibility of organisational resurrection.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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