Thursday, 23 August 2012

International Seminar "Diversity and Inequality in Contemporary Organizations" 11-12/09/2012

An EqualDiv@Work International Seminar
Diversity and Inequality in Contemporary Organizations

September 11th: Keynote speeches by two international scolars

  • 14:00-15:15 Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) "Relational Inequalities"
    All inequalities are produced in and through social relations. This talk outlines some key processes that generate inequalities, argues that they operate in concrete social fields, and that we should expect inequalities to be institutionally, interactionally, and historically contingent. These ideas are illustrated with comparisons of gender inequality in the US and Japan in 1980, class inequalities in the US and Australia today, the impact of financial conceptions of the firm on capital-labor inequalities in the US, and long-term institutional changes in gender and racial segregation in the US private sector over the last half century.
  • 15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
  • 15:45- 17:00 Speech by Ahu Tatli (Queen Mary Business School, University of London) "Researching intersectionality: A Bourdieuan emic approach"
    There is a dominant tendency of using etic approaches in equality and diversity research. One possible outcome of etic approaches is a pecking order between various categories of difference leading to overtly or covertly universalistic claims, ahistorical and contextual accounts. In this talk, I propose an emic approach in order to unpack the complexity of intersectionality of difference. The suggested approach operationalises Pierre Bourdieu's theory of capitals, which allows researchers to have power relations rather than fixed categories of difference as their starting point.
  • 18:00 Social dinner in Hasselt

September 12th, PHD-seminar

  • 10:00-12:00 PhD seminar: discussion of two papers in progress
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00-16:00 PhD seminar: discussion of three papers in progress

Please contact Patrizia Zanoni at if you are interested in presenting and discussing your work on diversity at work during this session by September 3rd, 2012.

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