Event Date: 17 June 2016
Wivenhoe House Hotel
Colchester CO4 3SQ
Gendered Inclusion in Contemporary Organisations
Seminar 3 – Researching Gendered Inclusion: Interdisciplinary Methodologies
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.
To advance debates concerned with the persistence of gender inequality in contemporary organizations, this seminar series argues for a shift in how we theorise and understand the tenacity and experience of ongoing discrimination. Specifically, the series calls for a move away from explanations based on an assumption of exclusion (underpinned materially and symbolically by a masculine norm) towards a focus on the way in which women and men are included in organizations today.
The inclusion of women in the world of work appears to be an inherently ‘good’ project. The current extent to which women participate in the labour market is the result of many years of struggle to create the conditions for reducing gender inequality and deserves recognition.
For academic researchers, this success also poses challenges. How can academics question prevalent patterns of inclusion? How can we enter into a productive dialogue with practitioners and policymakers about the need to critically appraise and change the ways women and men are included within contemporary organisations?
This seminar provides a forum for creative engagement with a range of innovative, interdisciplinary research methodologies aiming to explore the gendered nature of inclusion.
It encourages us to reflect on our responsibilities as academics – and possibly powerful change agents – to infuse the potential for a critical approach to issues of workplace diversity and inclusion in our research and in our contacts with different organisational stakeholders.
The seminar series is organised by Dr Maria Adamson (Middlesex University), Professor Elisabeth Kelan (Cranfield University School of Management), Dr Patricia Lewis (University of Kent), Professor Nick Rumens (University of Portsmouth), and Professor Martyna Śliwa (Essex Business School).
Professor Martyna Śliwa (Essex Business School) – Introduction
Professor Melissa Tyler (Essex Business School, University of Essex) – Rethinking Methodologies of Gender Inclusion
Professor Emma Bell (Keele Management School, Keele University) – Analysing Gendered Representations in Popular Culture
Louise Nash (Essex Business School, University of Essex) – (Male) Members Only: Place, Performativity and Position in the Powerhouse
Dr Suvi Salmenniemi (Department of Sociology, University of Turku) – Ethnographic Encounters: Gender, Politics and Therapeutic Technologies