Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Gender, Work and Organization (27th-29th June 2012): 7th international interdisciplinary conference





As a central theme in social science research in the field of work and organisation, the study of gender has achieved contemporary significance beyond the confines of early discussions of women at work.  Launched in 1994, Gender, Work and Organization was the first journal to provide an arena dedicated to debate and analysis of gender relations, the organisation of gender and the gendering of organisations.  The Gender, Work and Organization conference provides an international forum for debate and analysis of a variety of issues in relation to gender studies. The 2010 conference at Keele University attracted approximately 350 international scholars from over 30 nations.


Details on papers and streams


The Conference is organised primarily as a series of streams. Authors whose abstract is accepted and does not fit into one of the agreed streams will be able to present their work in an open stream.  Expressions of interest for the role of stream convenors at the conference/ suggestions for stream topics are invited.  Subject to full peer review, stream papers often make up a special issue of the journal and these are given priority in the publication queue. Stream convenors are responsible for:

  • drafting a call for papers for their stream
  • generating publicity for their call by using their own as well as the GWO network
  • refereeing and then selecting the papers for inclusion within their stream
  • co-ordinating the stream during the conference itself
  • editing a special issue of the journal if such is agreed by the editors

Please email your stream proposal (as MS Word attachment) to:  stating 'GWO 2012 Stream Proposal' in the subject line of the email. Stream proposals should be no more than 1,500 words in length and submitted by Friday 19th August 2011. Stream convenors will be notified of their acceptance as soon as possible and no later than 1st September 2011. Informal enquiries regarding streams, including guidance notes for stream leaders, or enquiries regarding the conference can be made to Deborah Kerfoot on  


Papers/streams for the 2011 event would be particularly welcome in the following areas:


organisation theory, knowledge in organisations, organising the public sector, alternative modes of working; gendered organisation/disorganization; the body; emotions at work; consumption; gender and ethics; feminism at work; gendered knowledge; equality, management and diversity; gender politics, entrepreneurship; gendered lives in the workplace; gender and globalization; post-colonial theory and gender; careers; love in the organization; sexualities and organisation; global organisational politics; men and masculinities; sexuality at work; narratives and stories of gender at work; methodology; new ways of working; gender and technologies; leadership and gender; harassment and discrimination; work/life balance; unequal pay; networks; race and ethnicity; social exclusion; gender and disability; gender relations and management; professionalism; intimacy at work; gender and friendship; gender, environmentalism and the organisation


This list of topics is suggestive rather than exhaustive. Contributors may choose to draw on material from a wide range of empirical spheres and theoretical perspectives.


Abstracts of approximately 750 words (submitted direct to stream leaders, ONE page, WORD NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding any references) are invited by 1st November 2011 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders within one month. Abstracts can be submitted independently of streams but may be assigned to them where appropriate.  Prospective contributions will be independently refereed.  New and young scholars with 'work in progress' papers are welcomed. Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including your name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.

General stream: - Please EMAIL a copy of your abstract for the General Stream (marked `GWO 2010 General Stream’) to


The Conference will be held at Keele University, Staffordshire, in Central England, the UK's largest integrated campus university.  Visit Keele Hall Info pdf at:   The University occupies a 617 acre campus site with Grade II registration by English Heritage and has good road and rail access. Many architectural and landscape features dating from the 19th century are of regional significance. International travellers are served by Manchester and Birmingham airports.  On campus accommodation caters for up to 100,000 visitors per year in day and residential conferences.



Date: 27th-29th June 2012

Location: Keele, UK



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