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ESRC Gendered Inclusion in Organisations

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Dear colleagues

Registration is now open for the final event in our ESRC Gendered Inclusion in Organisations series which will be held at Middlesex University London.

Day 1: 31st of May 2018: Gendered Inclusion in ‘traditional’ and ‘creative’ sector organisations and industries will look at the patterns of women’s inclusion in traditional, male-dominated industries to see if there has been much change, and also examine gendered work in ‘creative sectors’ which are considered to be more ‘female-friendly’. Speakers will discuss the issues related to gendered inclusion in finance, construction, aviation, music, film industry and journalism, illuminating how and on what conditions women are included, and how inclusion rhetoric continues to be intertwined with and often obscures continuous and new types of gender exclusion.

Speakers include:

  • Karen Lee Ashcraft (Professor of Organisational Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Melissa Fisher (Lauritis Andersen Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Tessa Wright (Reader at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London)
  • Christina Scharff (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London)
  • Natalie Wreyford (Research Fellow on ‘Calling the Short’ project, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton)
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (A renowned British journalist and author, and a Professor at Middlesex University)

Day 2: 1st of June 2018: Drawing conclusions and setting research agenda for Critical Inclusion Studies, will explore the ‘fall out’ of the current situation of limited inclusion looking at the rise of neoliberal feminist rhetoric, its impact, the differences between the rhetoric and women’s experiences, as well as problematize the lack of ‘inclusivity’ within the very discipline of diversity studies. We will then have a follow up round-table discussion in order to consolidate insights from previous seminars and map out future research directions for Critical Inclusion Studies.

Speakers include:

  • Florence Villesèche (Assistant Professor and Marie Curie Fellow at Copenhagen Business School)
  • Catherine Rottenberg (Senior Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and currently a Marie Currie Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmith University of London)
  • Shani Orgad (Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economic)
  • Pasi Ahonen (Lecturer in Organisation Studies at the University of Essex Business School)

Attendance is FREE. Please note that the registration is free for each day To register for DAY 1 please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gendered-inclusion-in-traditional-and-creative-sector-organisations-and-industries-tickets-45290343637

To register for DAY 2 please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gendered-inclusion-in-organisations-drawing-conclusions-and-setting-research-agenda-for-critical-tickets-45291066800

Bursaries: To encourage the participation of early career scholars and PhD students, we have a number of TRAVEL BURSARIES. To apply for a bursary please email Dr Maria Adamson m.adamson@mdx.ac.uk providing a brief account of your circumstances and why you are interested in attending the seminar. Bursaries are allocated on the first-come-first-served basis.

Organisers: The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Professor Nick Rumens (Middlesex), Professor Martyna Śliwa (Essex)

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Conquering Borders: Webinar Success

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The Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) SIG is pleased to report the success of our recent webinar held at the 2017 ISBE conference in Belfast. Entitled ‘Conquering Borders: Gender, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity’, the webinar featured esteemed feminist scholars presenting their research on the interactions of gender and entrepreneurship in a variety of international contexts: the UK and EU, Africa and the Middle East. In keeping with the conference theme of ‘Borders, Prosperity, and Entrepreneurial Responses,’ the webinar format was intended to encourage connections and debates with colleagues around the world. With excellent presentations, a vibrant discussion and questions taken both in person and online, we were encouraged by the outcome and look forward to more. We thank the ISBE team for their support, our fantastic speakers and all those who participated. To view the webinar on Youtube, please use this link: https://youtu.be/GOOBXaesyY0

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.