Biographies in Organizations – Organizations in Biographies

Monday, 16 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC38 Biography and Society (host committee)

Language: English

People are involved in organizations in diverse ways and in different phases of life. These are public institutions of socialization, such as schools, professional organizations in the economic, academic or public sectors, but also organizations of religious groups or associations for leisure activities. Individual trajectories, in this context, underlay the social and institutional setting of organizations. Vice versa, individual biographies influence organizations in various ways: People with diverse biographical backgrounds are included and promoted in organizations and co-construct the structures and processes in place.

The aim of this session is to gain a deeper insight into the interrelation of biographical experiences and organizational constellations from a perspective of biographical research.

We invite papers that deal with the interrelation between biographic experiences and organizations illustrating how structural and institutional aspects of organizations interrelate with the biographical history.

Session Organizers:
Marita HAAS, Vienna Technical University, Austria and Miriam SCHAEFER, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany
Maria POHN-LAUGGAS, University of Vienna, Austria and Eva BAHL, University of Goettingen, Germany
Biographical Research in the Context of Organizational Research: How Biographical Experiences and Narrations Interrelate with the Organization.
Miriam SCHAEFER, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany; Marita HAAS, Vienna Technical University, Austria
Degradation Ceremonies Revisited: Organizational and Biographical Ways of Coming to Terms with the Military Past of the GDR
Nina LEONHARD, Bundeswehr Center for Military History and Social Sciences, Germany
(Social) Parents in the Healthcare System: Helped or Trapped?
Nicole WITTE, University of Goettingen - Center of Methods in Social Sciences, Germany
Polish HIV/AIDS Organizations through the Lens of Various Social Actors’ Biographies
Justyna STRUZIK, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland
From a Waste Collector to a Businessman: A Biographical Study in Southern Brazil
Débora RINALDI, Universidade Pontifícia Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil