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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Culture and Organization

For a Special Issue on
Embodied Writing

Manuscript deadline
15 April 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ilaria Boncori, University of Essex
[email protected]

Deborah N. Brewis, University of Bath
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Emmanouela Mandalaki, NEOMA Business School
[email protected]

Noortje van Amsterdam, Utrecht University
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Embodied Writing

This special issue invites explorations of embodied writing and contributions to the Writing Differently movement – in terms of content, style, format, and development.


Are you ready?

It already feels as before, when…


…your sleepless text

found me there

in my half-dream

reading/writing together as one

I. You.

or, should I say

We. Us. Ours

m-y-our multi-fleshed body

gasping for air

innards lurch

“hand(s) running”… like the painter draws:

in flashes”


                                                                        Hélène Cixous (1993, p. 156).

On this journey,

we look at the world

through our pores

intellect on our fingertips

tapping to a cadence

of pounding hearts

sweating skin

our laugher and embrace

We write with the echoes

from the ruins

of the pandemic.

Seeking to inhale

and be touched by

stories that are

silenced, veiled,

left unacknowledged

                                                by the hypermasculine

                                                                                    colonial, neoliberal academy

through editing, reviewing,

              citing and publishing.

through movement

write slowly, pace

to create together

writing with care, to care

and heal

                                                                                                inwards and out, in sentient waves,

conscious and un-

alert and dormant.

writing with the body,

through the body,

                                    and in spite of it.

                                    So that it won’t splutter – uncontrollably - out.

Writing as dream, as dirty, as leaky, as love. Writing as resonant, as resistant, as revisionist, as risk and rupture. Writing as auto-, as naked, as collective, as becoming, as us (see References).


This is all new to me, and out of my comfort zone, but I trust my colleagues. We read the text, we read to and through each other. Different voices - different accents - tonality – multivocality – musicality, relationality permeate the screen. A practice learnt and borrowed from decolonial friends. My body feels the shivers in yours, the nerves that tingle, the fear that haunts but does not take over. I love listening to how you read, how I read, our experiences entangled. The breathing through our words, the stress, the pauses, the life in our shared narratives. Closing the eyes to listen; to sense words of/from/about/through difference, differently. I resist the urge to edit. I edit. I tremble, trembling, yes, I tremble too. Warmed. I imagine that I am in your hallway, sitting with you on the floor, in companion, unlocking pain, senses unplugged. It takes me in, I feel touched through the screen … words given wings. You took the tentative hand I extended: empowered and embodied my wish. I am grateful for these connections and for this space. In/out of tune with the melody, m/y/our turn to speak: Do I dare? Do you listen?

As we bring our voices together in chorus, we are both then, and now, and in the future speaking to you, asking you to join us. If you are listening, if you want to contribute, we will hold space for you. So please add your voice to this chorus…


Come fill these blank spaces

Come break the rules




splice the text

dance on the dotted lines

celebrate vulnerability

and heal (in) solidarity

This space is


We will listen

We need y/our texts to breathe

Contributions may consider, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Embodied writing as resistance to dominant academic practices, including collective writing, Writing Differently approaches, and Slow Writing
  • Embodied writing as part of anti-oppression movements such as trans, queer and disability rights, decolonization, and feminism
  • Writing from the body as an ethical practice of care
  • Embodied writing as praxis of solidarity and community-building
  • Embodied writing as/through art
  • Embodied writing in indigenous knowledge and/or oral traditions
  • Writing as connecting with the spiritual
  • Writing as sensual and sensuous sense-making
  • Writing on, from and despite our bodies
  • The interlinkage of embodied writing and reading
  • Citation, reviewing and editing as relational and socialized processes of writing
  • Writing about individual, collective and systemic embodied experiences
  • Writing about ourselves and other selves – positionality and repositioning of the researcher


We collected together online to read our texts aloud, to evoke and share our bodies from different locations; a disruptive practice inspired by the Decolonising Alliance: https://decolonizingalliance.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/writing-orally-speaking-on-the-collective-praxis-of-writing-decolonially/

Submission Instructions

Please ensure that all submissions to the special issue are made via the Manuscript Submission (tandfonline.com) site. Culture and Organization site. Please ensure when you do submit that you select the relevant special issue (Volume 29, Issue 5, 2024) to direct your submission appropriately. If you experience any problems, please contact the guest editors of this issue via email: [email protected]

Style and other instructions on manuscript preparation can be found on Culture and Organization's Instructions for Authors site. Please note that in this Special Issue we encourage experimentation with non-conventional contributions and will engage with authors and publisher about the possibilities for this. Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words, including appendices and supporting materials. Please also be aware that any images used in your submission must be your own, or where they are not, you must already have permission to reproduce them in an academic journal. You should make this explicit in the submitted manuscript.

Manuscripts must be submitted by 15 April 2022.

Prospective authors are invited to discuss manuscript ideas for the special issue with the guest editors before the deadline for submissions (Ilaria Boncori, email: [email protected]).

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