The WU Gender and Diversity Conference 2024
Embodiment: Exploring the Multidimensionality of the Body in Societies and Organizations
CONFERENCE AT VIENNA UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS,
7 – 8 March 2024
We are excited to announce the 2024 WU Gender and Diversity Conference on the topic “Embodiment: Exploring the Multidimensionality of the Body in Societies and Organizations," a groundbreaking event that aims to foster interdisciplinary discussions and showcase cutting-edge research and practical experience on the intricate interplay between the body and diverse facets of human experience. The conference will be a platform for scholars, researchers, practitioners, and activists to delve into the multifaceted nature of the body, examining its role in various organizational contexts and situations, such as professional opportunities, work-related injuries or accidents, pregnancy, and childbirth, ageing at work, the intersections of gender with ability, aesthetic capital, physical and mental health, among others.
Conference detailed focus areas: The body is more than just a physical entity; it encompasses a realm of experiences, emotions, and challenges. We invite contributions that explore the intricate connections between the body and different dimensions of life, shedding light on how these interactions shape personal identities, social and organizational dynamics, and cultural narratives. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Intersectionality of gender and (dis)ability, ethnicity, migration status, religion, class and other identities or diversity dimensions
Body modification and expressions of gender identity. Challenges and opportunities
Ability and the Body
Disability and bodily agency in organizations and societies
Body empowerment through adaptive technologies
Examining the human-animal interactions at work
Aesthetic Capital and Embodiment
Beauty standards, body image, and self-esteem
Examining employment-related biases and experiences based on employees’ physical appearance.
Perks and penalties of aesthetic capital
Bodily Health and Well-being
Embodied experiences of illness and recovery. Returning to the world of work
Experiences with work-related injuries an accidents
Mental health and the mind-body connection. Societal and organizational implications
Pregnancy and post-childbirth experiences. Returning to the world of work
Ageing and gender
Bodies in Conflict
Bodies as sites of misconduct and harassment
Narratives of workplace or sexual harassment survival and resilience
Examining organization’s responses to discrimination and harassment-related lawsuits
Religion and Gendered Regulation of Body
Religion and construction of bodily identity
Body politics and identity
Art and Body in Society
Body as canvas: Exploring body art and modification.
Art and activism
Body image and representation in media
Organizationally embedded Bodily work
Professional identity and embodiment in Organizations
Gender, embodiment, and Identity work
Hidden bodies in the workplace
Physical and occupational segregation of bodies in the workplace
Submission Guidelines: We invite researchers, practitioners, activists, and scholars from all disciplines to submit abstracts and proposals related to the conference theme. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. We also welcome workshop proposals that do not exceed a page. Abstracts and workshop outlines should be sent to the following address until 30 November 2023: firstname.lastname@example.org
Short papers presented at the conference can be submitted to, and published in our annual Working Paper Series, subject to acceptance by the respective editors.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023
Notification of Acceptance: 20 December 2023
Conference Dates: 7 – 8 March, 2024
Language for abstracts/presentation: English and German
Registration and inquiries via email to: email@example.com. Registration for presenters until 10 February, and non-presenters until 29 February 2024.
Venue and dates:
WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, and online.
Thursday March 7, 2024: 9:00-17:00.
Friday March 8, 2024: 9:00-17:00.
The conference dinner will take place on March 7th. The costs are to be covered by the participants themselves.
We look forward to your participation in this transformative dialogue.