Event Report: Gender and Class at Work

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The workshop entitled ‘Gender and Class at Work’ was held on the 2nd of March 2016 at the University of Birmingham coordinated by Holly Birkett and Maria Villares from the University. The event attracted researchers interested in the area of gender, work, employment relations, migration, and entrepreneurship. The workshop was funded by the Enterprise and Diversity Cluster (EDC) at the Birmingham Business School and co-organised with the Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN), Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). The discussion and presentations on the day brought participants up to date with current debates and empirical findings related to the role of class and gender at work.

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Further details: ‘Gender and Class at Work’ workshop 

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ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster

Gender and Class at Work
2nd of March 2016

S102, 52 Pritchard Road

University of Birmingham

The Enterprise and Diversity Research Cluster at the Birmingham Business School is holding this ‘Gender and Class at Work’ workshop in collaboration with the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network. The aim of this event is to place class at the centre of our understandings of gender and work, and analyse its intersections with other key socio-cultural relations. This interest follows the increasing awareness that inequalities related to class have been overlooked in the study of work, whilst other forms of social division such as gender or ethnicity have gained much more attention in the last decades. The aim of this workshop is to reflect upon how different class processes impact on gender structures, role and identities in large organisations or as entrepreneurs. This event will provide the space to discuss the sort of challenges the field is grappling with and why they are important. The keynote and discussion sessions will facilitate reflecting upon theoretical, conceptual and methodological to research gendered and classed experiences of work and enterprise.


9.30-09.45 Registration and refreshments

09.45-10.00 Welcome, Holly Birkett and Maria Villares

10.00-10.45 The ‘unhappy marriage’ revisited: gender, class and the recession, Harriet Bradley (University of the West England)

10.45-11.30 The intersection of class and gender in life course pathways to entrepreneurship, Julia Rouse (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dilani Jayawarna (University of Liverpool)

11.30-12.00 Coffee/tea break

12.00-12.45 Austerity Measures and the Creation of ‘In-work-Poverty’: 3 Case Study Examples, Sara Nadin (University of Liverpool) Gender, work and class: Female migrants’ narratives of social mobility and social status, Maja Cederberg (Oxford Brookes University)

13.30-14.15 Lunch

14.15. 16.00 Panel discussion around key questions: Is Class still a relevant concept? How do we understand/measure Class? How can we conceptualise the relationship between Gender, Class and Work? How does Class intersect with other inequalities at work?

Sue Marlow, University of Nottingham

Andreas Giazitzoglu, Newcastle University Business School

John Kitching, Kingston University

Natalia Vershinina, University of Birmingham

Chair: Monder Ram

16.00-16.30 Closing remarks



GWO2016 Call for Abstracts – Class and Gender 

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Following on from our successful ‘confreat’ in July we are pleased to announce that four delegates have successful developed a Gender, Work and Organization stream proposal for next year’s conference at Keele University. The stream called ‘Classed Experiences of Work’ was developed by confreat attendees Sally Jones, Sara Nadin, Robert Smith and Maria Villares as a result of discussions during the event. It was developed in collaboration with Caroline Essers (Radboud University, Netherlands) Huriye Aygören, (Jönköping University, Sweden), and Maja Cederberg, (Oxford Brookes University).

The aim of the stream is to place class at the centre of our understandings of gender and work. This follows an increasing awareness that inequalities related to class have been overlooked in the study of work, with other forms of social division such as gender and ethnicity gaining much more attention in recent decades. The stream views class as being central to all experiences of work, for both men and women whether in formal employment or self employed, and for people of all ethnicities.

We encourage GENSIG members to consider submitting an abstract proposal for the stream. All abstracts should be sent to Sally Jones by November 1st.

Download the full call here