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Dr Mostafa Fani

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Organisation Studies

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  • Organisational Behaviour, 
  • Organisational Design, 
  • Post-Industrial New Work Practices


Henley Business School building room 227, Whiteknights campus

Mostafa Fani is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Organisation Studies at Henley Business School.

Mostafa's PhD research explored the questions of aesthetics and subjectivity in new work practices from the Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective. It focused on the ideological function of aesthetics and the politics of self-actualisation in new work practices, where employees are under increasing pressure to craft a self-governing and employable self. Drawing on a discursive and psychoanalytic perspective, this research critically interrogated the dark side and psychic costs of new work practices where desire for self-actualisation becomes an economic value and thus a productive element.

Mostafa has presented his research at a number of conferences, such as Critical Management Studies (CMS) and Ideology and Discourse Analysis (CIDA, Essex University).

Mostafa's research interests include organisational critical studies, psychoanalytic (Lacanian) discourse analysis, post-structuralist theories, and the politics of subjectivity in neoliberal culture.

Before starting his PhD, Mostafa was a lecturer and management consultant for approximately 15 years.

Be the best version of yourself: A Lacanian discourse analysis of neo-normative control. International Conference in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Essex University, Colchester, UK, 2019.

Organisational aesthetics and subjectivity: A Lacanian discourse analysis. Henley Business School Doctoral Research Conference, Reading, UK, 2018.

The Subject and the Lie. Lacan Ecrits Conference, Ghent, Belgium, 2018.

From body-space to space-control: A Lefebvrean reading of Strati’s aesthetic approach. 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, Edge Hill University, Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, UK, 2017.