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Event Summary: A Think-Space for Gender Theory

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On April 27-28 2017, the Gender and Enterprise Network, a Special Interest Group of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship organised and hosted a unique, inspiring and intellectually stimulating think-space for gender theory.  Thirty international attendees gathered for two days to learn about and discuss the underpinning philosophies that we use to study gender, with a focus on critical realist philosophy.

Invited speakers included Dr Dave Elder-Vass (Loughborough University), Prof John Kitching (Kingston University), Dr Elina Meliou (Newcastle University London), Dr Helen Mussell (Cambridge University), Dr Michiel Van Ingen (London School of Economics), Prof Julia Rouse (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr Angela Martinez Dy (Loughborough University London); Dr Lena Gunnarsson from Lund University in Sweden provided a video presentation.

Topics included the core principles of critical realism, empiricism and social constructionism, agency and reflexivity, feminist standpoint theory and intersectionality, how to be both realist and constructionist about gender, and potential applications for these concepts in gender, entrepreneurship, management and organisation research.

Multiple roundtable sessions and dedicated networking time enabled deeper discussion and debate, creating an open and collaborative learning environment in which participants could query, challenge and examine the concepts presented in the speaker sessions.  The content and format of the event aimed to make explicit our often implicit methodological positions as researchers, and in particular, to encourage debate about normative philosophical positions within feminist approaches.

The think-space was co-sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre and the British Academy of Management Gender in Management Special Interest Group, and hosted by the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development at Loughborough University London.  Attendees were positive and enthusiastic, sharing comments like: ‘I learned so much and was able to test and consolidate my thinking in so many ways,’ and ‘Critical realism resonates with me as a framework and I’m keen to explore it more.’ The Gender and Enterprise Network is extremely pleased with such a successful outcome, thanks our hosts and sponsors and looks forward to similar events in the future.

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Confreat Update and ISBE 2015 Call for Abstracts 

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GEN Confreat Fully Subscribed

We’re pleased to share that ISBE has received 21 abstracts for the GEN Confreat to be held in Leeds, July 15-16. This is sure to be an excellent event for professional development and networking, and we are very much looking forward to it! 

Watch this space for more information and outputs from the event.

Call for abstracts – ISBE2015

We invite you to submit an abstract and share your research, thinking and findings at the ISBE conference in November. We welcome Academic Research Papers (either refereed or working), Practitioner Papers and Case Studies for presentation at the conference.

Abstracts can now be submitted for review by the Track Chairs and their teams. GEN is chairing the Gender Track, and we welcome everyone to join us at the conference.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and should be submitted online using the following headings:

Objectives; Prior Work; Approach; Results; Implications; Value

Using a double blind review process, selection will be made on the abstract content and relevance to the final programme. All written papers will be included in the conference proceedings CD, made available to delegates and will be available to ISBE members via the ISBE website after the event. 

For further information on how to submit and a copy of the guidelines please click here. ISBE is using a new submission system this year; if you require any assistance, please email rob@isbe.org.uk

Key dates & deadlines:

2nd March 2015 – Call for papers open
13th April 2015 – Deadline for submitting all abstracts
30th May 2015 – Notification to authors
13th July 2015 – Deadline for submitting full papers
13th July 2015 – Early-booking discount for registration ends
14th September 2015 – Submission of final versions of papers following reviewers’ comments. All presenting authors must be registered by this date.

11th & 12th November 2015 – ISBE 2015 Conference (with associated activities on 10th November)

We look forward to seeing you there!