Barbara Czarniawska
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“I am truly honored” University of Gothenburg Professor elected to The British Academy


Barbara Czarniawska, Senior Professor of Management Studies at Gothenburg Research Institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law has been elected a Fellow of The British Academy, the UK´s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Recently she celebrated 50 years in academia, and now Senior Professor Barbara Czarniawska has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in recognition of her contribution to the humanities and social sciences.

This year a total of 84 Fellows – 52 UK Fellows, 29 Corresponding Fellows and 3 Honorary Fellows – have been elected to the Fellowship. Welcoming the Fellows, the new President of The British Academy, Professor Julia Black, said:

“As the new President of the British Academy, it gives me great pleasure to welcome this new cohort of Fellows, who are as impressive as ever and remind us of the rich and diverse scholarship and research undertaken within the SHAPE disciplines – the social sciences, humanities and the arts. I am very much looking forward to working with them on our shared interests.  

Previous Fellows include Seamus Heaney and Sir Winston Churchill

Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. It is a Fellowship of over 1400 of the leading minds in these subjects from the UK and overseas. Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

Barbara Czarniawska is interested in organizational change, complex organizations and institutionalism, and recently she explored integration processes and management of overflows.

She comments on the honorary assignment:

On June 16, I have received a letter that surprised me a lot. It begun as follows: “It is my honour and privilege to inform you that the Council of the British Academy has resolved to propose you for election as a Corresponding Fellow at the Annual General Meeting on 22 July 2021. Election to the Corresponding Fellowship is the highest honour that the Academy confers on non-UK residents in recognition of scholarly distinction in the humanities and social sciences.” It caused me feel a lot of happiness, but also some trepidation: What if they decide not to elect me? I put my trust in the British manners, though: They would not announce such an intention in order to disappoint me later? I was right. On July 23, I have received a new letter:

”I am delighted to report that, as expected, you were duly elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy as a Corresponding Fellow at the Annual General Meeting on the 22 July. Many congratulations and we look forward to your participation in the life and work of the Academy.”

 So do I. I am truly honored by this inclusion to The British Academy; and I am additionally happy to learn that the new President of the Academy is a woman, Professor Julia Black. I am looking forward to my first meeting in September. //Barbara Czarniawska, FBA