Theorising Gendered Inclusion: Contemporary Gender Roles, Identities and Expectations at Work

Event Date: 9 March 2016

Symposium Room,
Kent Business School,
Canterbury Campus,
CT2 7PE.

Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University presents:

Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations

Seminar 2 – Theorising Gendered Inclusion: Contemporary Gender Roles, Identities and Expectations at Work

This seminar series seeks to advance debates on gender workplace inequality by proposing a shift from exclusion to inclusion in theorising gender-related issues in contemporary organisations. To challenge the recent rise of postfeminist assertions that gender equality has been achieved and women just need to ‘lean in’ to be successful, this seminar series aims to critically explore the conditions, forms and circumstances of women’s and men’s inclusion in organisations in order to generate a more complex account of contemporary experiences of workplace (in)equalities.

The second seminar in the series will explore the feminine and masculine organizational subjectivities which form the basis of inclusion in contemporary organizations. In particular, attention will be directed at reconfigurations of femininity and masculinity connected to discourses of postfeminism and neoliberalism which circulate in the wider social context. Such discourses act as differentiators of the meanings and understandings that attach to femininity and masculinity with implications for how women and men – both understood as heterogeneous groups – experience work and organizations. Set within the context of the emergence of these discourses, this seminar considers the kinds of organizational subjects women and men are expected to become – such as the new ideal leader characterised by a feminine ethos manifest in a range of leadership practices associated with femininity – if they are to gain access to and be fully included in the world of work.

Speakers include:
•    Professor Rosalind Gill (School of Arts and Social Sciences, City University, UK)
•    Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University,UK)
•    Dr Shelley Budgeon (Dept. of Political Science, University of Birmingham,UK)
•    Professor Nick Rumens, (Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth,UK)
•    Dr Rachel O’Neill (Dept. of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London,UK)
•    Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University, UK)

The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex), Prof Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield), Dr Patricia Lewis (Kent), Prof Nick Rumens (Portsmouth), Prof Martyna Slywa (Essex).

Programme:

Dr Patricia LewisIntroduction 

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Dr Shelley Budgeon (Dept. of Political Science, University of Birmingham) – Governance Feminism and Techniques of Crisis Management

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Professor Rosalind Gill (School of Arts & Social Sciences, City University) – The Confidence Cult: Putting Confidence to Work in the Postfeminist & Neoliberal Workplace

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Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University) –  Men, Managers & Postfeminism

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Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University) – Successfully ‘balanced’ femininity in CEO autobiographies: the intersection of postfeminist and neoliberal logic

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Dr Rachel O’Neill (Dept. of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London) – Postfeminism in the academy: Gendered Inclusions and Exclusions in Masculinity Studies

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Professor Nick Rumens (Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth) – Postfeminism, Queer Sexualities and Work

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