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*​Call for Abstracts​*

Gender, Work and Organisation,

10th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference Sydney, 13-16 June

*Stream title:*

*M​​ind the gap: Gend​​er, embodiment and identity in organizations*


Andri Georgiadou, University of Hertfordshire, ENGLAND

Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, ITALY

Ahu Tatli, Queen’s Mary University, ENGLAND

Generally, in the debate related to work and organization the human body is
considered and discussed as the site of the labour-force. However, there
are other layers of the body that deserve to be explored in-depth. Social
scientists have conceptualized body as a project individuals work on and
alter as a means of identity construction and reconstruction (Schouten,
1991; Shilling, 2003). Furthermore, body has largely been treated as a
medium that helps people explore and experience the world (Meamber &
Venkatesh, 1999). One’s perception of his or her body is considered
interdependent with social relationships and control factors that constrain
this perception of one’s body in conformity with socio-cultural ideals,
models and normative as well as moral accounts (Thompson & Hirschman,
1995). Construction of body and the associated body image therefore embody
a process of socialization and are means of signifying one’s self-worth,
status in the presentation of the self and in social relationships and
lifestyles, and exertion of control over one’s self (Thompson & Hirschman,

In the feminist critique of the mind-body split and its dualistic
counterparts: male/female, culture/nature, public/private, human/animal,
there is also an ambition to counterbalance and transgress the dualistic
thinking present in both scientific explanations and disciplinary
boundaries. The body has become a veritable hot spot, marking itself as a
boundary concept that forcefully disrupts established disciplinary
identities and fields of investigation. The body is also a locus where
nature and culture meet and it refuses to accommodate any easy distinction
between these two terms. Instead, the very presence of the body demands a
radical rethinking of the meaning of both nature and culture.

Bodies make themselves present at the very core of a range of different
embodied phenomena, such as emotions, desires, identity, and agency.
Embodiment in its most simple understandings means the lived experience of
human beings, an experience which always bridges “the mind” and “the body”,
“the natural” and “the cultural”. Embodied beings are never determined only
by their material, or by their

social and cultural conditions, but at the same time they are never fully
unbound or completely elastic. The historical and spatial differences,
changes and stabilities in how bodies and embodiment are perceived and
understood, provide insight into both the potentials and constraints of
future body theory.

This stream aims to foster a discussion about the mutual entanglement of
gender, embodiment and identity in organizations. The call is therefore
directed to those who want to explore the embodiment of gender from a broad
range of different disciplines and theoretical perspectives with the common
aim of approaching the body both as a site for transgressive encounters and
as actively participating and shaping such encounters. We invite
theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions that explore the
lived embodiment of employees and managers – how gendered embodiment
affects bodily feelings and relational and organizational experiences at
work, and how the body constitutes an active medium of management and
organization. Contributions from different fields are welcomed. We also
encourage an interdisciplinary approach, acknowledging that gendered
embodiment has numerous intellectual roots and allies. The following issues
are indicative, but not exhaustive, of our field of focus:

·      The lived embodiment and bodily experiences of people at work
and in organisations

·      Individuals’ own embodied perceptions of their work environment and
of themselves within it; how far cognitive activities and knowledge work
builds no human embodiment.

·      How organisations marginalise qualities and aspects of embodiment
associated with women.

·      The material circumstances that compel or constrain embodied gender

·      The gendered division of labour and its relationship to embodiment
as the materiality of gender subjectivity.

·      The bodily feelings and experiences that are spurred as individuals
express or hide their gender and as they interact with others.

·      How various forms of transgender embodiment intersect with other
forms of bodily, socio-corporeal and socio-demographic difference,
including race, sexuality, age and (dis) ability.

·      The social construction of transgender in the institutional
arrangements of organizations, industries and fields.

·      The bodily techniques and practices that employees and
managers mobilize in expressing – or hiding- (trans) gender.

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Papers from the stream will be selected for a special issue proposal of the
Gender, Work and Organization journal.

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*Dr. Andri Georgiadou, FHEA, **ACyHRMA*, *PhD, MSc, MBA, PgCert, BSc* |
Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management

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Call for papers: *Gender, Work and Organisation Conference Sydney 2018*


Call for chapters contributions: *Diversity in Diversity Management*


Special issue: *International Perspectives on Securing Human and Social
Rights and Diversity Gains at Work in the Era of Global Economic Crisis and




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