Gender, Work & Organization 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference - CFP Stream "The Present and Future of Intersectionality: Controversies, Challenges, Transformations and Opportunities"

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Description

This stream interrogates the present and future of intersectionality. Intersectionality has transformed feminist research, and has become “an institutionalized intellectual project, and the dominant tool for excavating the voices of the marginalized” (Nash 2008, p. 13). However, there is talk of intersectionality having run its course, with scholars referring to a post-intersectionality turn (see Chang & Culp, 2002). This post-intersectionality narrative is primarily rooted on the critique of intersectionality’s apparent inability to “grapple with subjects who occupy multiple social positions and those with “partially privileged” identities in particular” (Cho, 2013:388). This turn speaks to the particularities and challenges of the present socio-cultural and political moment, and its conceptual, theoretical and empirical implications for scholars and organizations. We invite works that engage with these ideas and the themes/questions below (this list is not extensive):
- How do we do ‘intersectionality’ within a post-identitarian, dis-identity or identity-sceptical theoretical milieu whilst maintaining its possibilities for exposing racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, ableism and classism and interrupting oppressive power and privilege?
- What is the role of intersectional research in the context of discourses of post-racialism? What strategies can intersectional research bring to the fore to challenge this pushback?
- How can we prevent the co-optation of intersectionality and a whitewashing of power dynamics and forms of oppression in the name of intersectionality?
- Decolonial critiques to the use of intersectionality
- Intersectionality as a travelling concept
- How can we use the concept of intersectionality to tackle existing inequalities within work, employment and organisations and co-draft and design these in times of digital transformation and data analytics?
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When

24-26 June 2020

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Who Should Attend

This stream will be of interest to scholars and practitioners developing work that focuses on the relationship between social categories of difference and the resulting dynamics that theiir intersection of these categories create to support and perpetuate privilege and disadvantage in work, employment and organisations. This stream will also be of interest to those looking to enhance their understanding of this relationship and dynamics.

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Benefits of Attendance

- Engaging in discussion about intersectionality, its challenges and opportuniities as well as how it has transformed as a travelling concept.
- Sharing insights from one's own theoretical and research work with like-minded scholars in a supportive and collegiate environment..
- Establishing links with others interested in this area of work.

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Location

University of Kent
Giles Ln
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ

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Paper Submission Details

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (submitted direct to stream leaders, ONE page, WORD NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding any references, no headers, footers or track changes) are invited by Friday 1st November 2019.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be made by stream leaders within one month and communicated to authors by Monday 2nd December 2019. All contributions will be independently refereed.

Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. Abstracts should be emailed to Jenny Rodriguez: jenny.rodriguez@manchester.ac.uk

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Additional Information

This stream interrogates the present and future of intersectionality. Intersectionality has undoubtedly transformed the way feminist research is conducted, and has become “an institutionalized intellectual project, and the dominant tool for excavating the voices of the marginalized” (Nash 2008, p. 13). However, there is talk of intersectionality having run its course, with some scholars referring to a post-intersectionality turn (see Chang & Culp, 2002). This post-intersectionality narrative has its roots primarily on the critique of intersectionality’s apparent inability to “grapple with subjects who occupy multiple social positions and those with “partially privileged” identities in particular” (Cho, 2013:388). At the same time, the post-intersectionality turn speaks to the particularities and challenges of the present socio-cultural and political moment, and its conceptual, theoretical and empirical implications for scholars and organizations.

We invite works that engage with the overall theme of this stream. Below, we set out some themes/questions that are of particular interest but note this list is not extensive:

- How do we do ‘intersectionality’ within a post-identitarian, dis-identity or identity-sceptical theoretical milieu whilst maintaining its possibilities for exposing racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, ableism and classism and interrupting oppressive power and privilege (Calás et al., 2013)? What is the role of intersectional research in the context of discourses of post-racialism? In a context where white supremacy is a global phenomenon, pushing back on intersectionality through the reconfiguration of white power and whiteliness (Tate & Page 2018), we see the development of new strategies, such as white fragility, that evidence the growing racial resentment at the ground-breaking theoretical and analytical work of intersectional scholars (DiAngelo, 2018; Tuch & Hughes, 2011). What strategies can intersectional research bring to the fore to challenge this pushback?

- How can we prevent the co-optation of intersectionality and a whitewashing of power dynamics and forms of oppression in the name of intersectionality? The social justice roots of intersectionality, and its strong foundation in Black Feminist thought seem to have been abandoned and some argue that intersectionality has been co-opted and whitewashed, for instance, in discussions about the marginalised that do not centre their racialised and gendered privilege (e.g. Coston & Kimmel, 2012)

- Decolonial critiques to the use of intersectionality - There is an empirical void created by un-reflexive intersectional work that whilst focusing on oppression, seems to want to move on from its racialised nature. In this sense, ‘colour-blind intersectionality’ may mute the experiences of people of colour in ways that minimize their continuing subjugation and marginalization in organizations (Carbado, 2013). In addition, discussions and contributions from scholars and activists from the margins are obscured and overlooked as the dominant theory and research on intersectionality emerges from dominant academia.

- Intersectionality as a travelling concept - Another challenge intersectional scholars face is the implications of intersectionality as a travelling concept. By using the same terminology, such as class, race or intersectionality, one can overlook the difference in meaning and connotation. For instance, class and race have different connotations in Germanophone and Anglophone scholarships (Knapp 2005, Ferree 2013). Therefore, the nuances of intersectional work need to be interrogated with regard to the situated nature of intersections and their particularities at the structural/institutional level (Knapp 2013).

- How can we use the concept of intersectionality to tackle existing inequalities within work, employment and organisations? Whilst we understand that the ‘multidimensionality’ of marginalized subjects’ lived experiences leads to particular forms of disadvantage, inequality and oppression (Crenshaw, 1989: 13), we are still unable to use this understanding meaningfully to address, let alone eliminate, them in workplace settings, which leads to questions about intersectionality’s empirical validity (see Nash, 2008). To what extent is it necessary to complement intersectionality with other frameworks (e.g. queer theory, new materialist scholarship) in order to strengthen its analytical insight?

- How can we use the insights of intersectional scholarship to co-draft and design work, organisations and employment in times of digital transformation and data analytics? New ways of working are increasingly relying on data analytics, artificial intelligence and data mining. What insight can intersectionality bring to these debates and what are the challenges and opportunities for intersectional scholarship?

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Contact

Stream Conveners
Jenny K. Rodriguez, Work & Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK - jenny.rodriguez@manchester.ac.uk
Elisabeth Anna Günther, WU Vienna, Austria - contact@elisabeth-anna-guenther.eu
Stella M. Nkomo, University of Pretoria, South Africa - stella.nkomo@up.ac.za


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The booking deadline of this event is: 1st November 2019

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24th June 2020   to   26th June 2020
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