CRAFiC seminar series
CRAFiC holds a regular, vibrant seminar series with academics from across the UK and world presenting their latest research. Information on upcoming seminars can be found on the Events section of the Sheffield University Management School's Gateway – click here to see what's coming up.
Since the establishment of CRAFiC in 2013 we have sought to organise a range of regular annual events. In 2015 we held an event to celebrate the contribution of Professor Tony Lowe, who was the first professor of Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield, which included a workshop for PhD students and early career researchers on social theory and accounting research, led by Professor Lisa Jack.
Since then CRAFiC, in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Perspectives SIG (BAFA), has held an annual Theory and Methods Workshop. In 2016 the workshop focused on the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and was led by Professor Christine Cooper. In 2017 the workshop focused on the ideas of Jurgen Habermas and was led by Professor Jane Broadbent.
CRAFiC also holds an Annual Away Day where members and associates of the Centre present their latest work in a collegial and supportive environment. Over recent years these CRAFiC Away Days have included colleagues from other universities in the White Rose partnership. We have also had international keynote speakers including Philip O’Regan and Sheila Killian (Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick) and Dr Alina Kozarkiewicz and Dr Monika Lada (AGH University, Krakow).
The CRAFiC Away Days are held in June each year.
CRAFiC has also collaborated with key partners to organised and host events. Examples include:
Research Day | Critical Perspectives on NGO Governance and Accountability | May 2019
CRAFiC, Professor Ataur Belal, and partners held a research day in Halifax Hall, Sheffield which provided critical perspectives on NGO governance and accountability.
Recently, there has been a significant erosion of trust in NGOs resulting from the mediatization of a number of scandals, financial irregularities, sexual abuse of vulnerable beneficiaries, misuse of power and accusations of mission drift. To address these and other concerns, many have argued that the transparency and accountability of NGOs must be improved if these organizations are to achieve their objectives. In particular, there is growing pressure to ensure accountability is not just provided to donors, but also to the weak, marginalised and oppressed. It is within this context that we convene this research day providing a critical perspective on NGO governance and accountability.
The research day was well attended and over 15 papers presented by a range of colleagues from Sheffield and further afield. his event is linked to a special issue in Critical Perspectives on Accounting. To find out more, please visit the research day website.
Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance (CGSIG), British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), Conference December 2016.
The Corporate Governance SIG (BAFA) organised a conference and doctoral colloquium hosted CRAFiC at Sheffield University Management School entitled “International Conference on Qualitative Research in Corporate Governance”. The conference ran for a full day on 21st December 2016 and the doctoral colloquium took place during the morning, both parts running parallel sessions.
The conference was well attended with 10 doctoral candidates from institutions across the UK presenting their work and receiving comments from faculty. During the afternoon papers were presented by domestic and internationally-based academics. We also welcomed three plenary speakers, namely: Professor Christopher Napier (Royal Holloway, University of London), Chris Pierce (CEO, Global Governance Services) and George Pilkington (Founder and Director, Nurturing Nature).
Arising from the conference, the CGSIG are also editing a special issue of the journal Qualitative Research in Financial Markets on the topic “Qualitative Research in Governance and Accountability”.
Inaugural Alternative Accounts Europe (AAE) Conference, co-organised by the Interdisciplinary Perspectives SIG (BAFA) and CRAFiC, September 2017
On 13 September 2017, the Inaugural Alternative Accounts conference was held at Sheffield University Management School. Over 30 academics from across Britain attended and the conference included a stream of papers entitled Artfully Alternative Accounts.
The conference saw two key note addresses. In line with the Artfully Alternative Accounts stream, Professor Sonja Gallhofer (University of Glasgow) discussed "Accounting, Art and Emancipation: Exploring Possibilities", while later the conference heard Professor Robin Roslender (University of Dundee) discuss "Revisiting the sociological turn in interdisciplinary and critical accounting research - what came, what went and what just got forgotten".