by Lindsey Trimble O’Connor and Julie A. Kmec

Undergraduate students have difficulty grasping the concept of discriminatory treatment at work in part because many have not yet had substantial labor market experience but also because so much discrimination at work is subtle or hidden from view.

One way to teach a difficult concept like workplace discrimination is through the use of active learning opportunities—teaching strategies that engage students through the practice of doing sociology.  Active learning opportunities are the gold standard in teaching because they tend to yield positive learning outcomes, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Providing these sorts of opportunities is easier said than done, particularly when we teach large, lecture-based or introductory classes.  How can we embed active learning opportunities in these less-than-ideal class formats to help us teach difficult concepts like workplace discrimination?

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Marxist Organization Studies: Institutional forms of power and their legitimacy

EGOS 2016, Naples

University of Naples Federico II

July 7–9, 2016


Call for papers

In 2016, we will build on the success of the six previous EGOS Marxist studies sub-themes in bringing together people who share an interest in drawing on Marx’s ideas to advance organization studies. The organizers of the EGOS 2016 Colloquium have called for papers on the interaction of overt and hidden forms of power, on the legitimacy and illegitimacy of institutions, and how these contours of power shape the process of organizing and organization.

This sub-theme takes up this invitation by providing the space for reflection on the current contributions and future prospects of Marxist-inspired organization studies in examining the operation of power, institutions and organizing in shaping organizational life. With its dual emphasis on human agency (“praxis”) and class struggle on the one hand, and on the role of institutions and deep structures on the other, Marxist work is particularly well placed to contribute to the examination of these phenomena.

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The European Journal of Sociology is pleased to invite proposals for a special issue to be published in 2018.

The European Journal of Sociology publishes innovative, empirical and theoretical research articles from every field of sociology. It is open to sociologically informed contributions from anthropologists, economists, historians, lawyers and political scientists. The journal has a special reputation for comparative and historical sociology but is not limited to these fields. It is methodologically open to qualitative and quantitative research. The journal aims to contribute to the diffusion of sociological research from European countries and to enhance interaction between European and non-European sociology.

With their special issue, the editors of the European Journal of Sociology wish to give special in-depth attention to an innovative and important topic of current sociological scholarship.

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EGOS 2016, Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes

Naples, Italy
Subtheme 22: “Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes”

We would like to bring to your attention the colloquium on “Powering Inequality: The Impact of Organizational Practices on Individual Employment Outcomes,” which we are convening as part of the European Group of Organization Studies’ (EGOS) 32nd annual conference in Naples, Italy. The conference will take place on July 7-9, 2016.

Our purpose is to bring together a group of researchers who share a concern for advancing our knowledge of the mechanisms through which organizations influence inequality in the labor market. We welcome papers from different disciplines and at all levels of analysis.

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A reminder that the call for papers for the Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium ends November 15th. Details regarding this conference can be found below.

Call for Papers:

The Krannert School of Management and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University invite all interested scholars to submit papers for the Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium. The submission deadline is November 15, 2015 and the conference will be held at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University on March 28-30, 2016.  

Scholars from all fields and disciplines are welcome to submit research regarding gender and leadership excellence from an organizational perspective.  There is also an opportunity to publish in a special issue of Human Resource Management.
From the conference website:
“We are especially interested in research that focuses on new developments related to organizational change and studies that have not yet been published or accepted for publication. Doctoral students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. But, we welcome and value submissions from faculty at all career stages. The best papers will be invited to be submitted for review for a special issue of Human Resource Management (”

by Karla Erickson

I teach an undergraduate seminar entitled Work in the “New” Economy (my students call it “WITNE”). I’ve taught a version of this course since 2004. The “new” originally referred to the rise of service work in the 1990s, but the useful thing about the title is that it allows us to examine waves of transformation over time: in workers’ rights, in collective actions, in the forms of discrimination used to protect dominance, and in the distribution of opportunity.

There’s always something new in the sociology of work. And now we have a new tool to use in teaching the sociology of work, organizations and labor studies: the Work in Progress blog. The blog hosts short articles (800-1,200 words), written in accessible language, showcasing recent findings or providing news analysis and commentary on current events. The blog also hosts “virtual panels” on a variety of topics.

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Special Issue of the Sociology of Development on Professionals and the Professions in the Developing World

Nitsan Chorev and Andrew Schrank, Brown University, Editors

Professionals and the professions loom large in developing societies and are indispensable to the development process. Schools need teachers, hospitals need doctors, industrialization involves engineers, democracies depend on journalists, and the rule of law presupposes lawyers, to cite but a few of the most obvious examples. But the sociological literature on the professions is at best parochial, and developing country professionals therefore enter contemporary sociology less as members of coherent professions than as peripheral actors in larger processes (e.g., education, mortality decline, industrialization, democratization, etc.).

To address this gap, we are soliciting contributions to a special issue of the Sociology of Development ( on “professionals and the professions in the developing world.” Papers that explore the origins, organization, and/or impacts of professionals and the professions in the contemporary Global South or historical developing societies are particularly welcome.

Please submit a 1-page abstract no later than December 1, 2015.

We hope to have a two-day conference at Brown University in the fall of 2016 (pending funding), in which authors of selected submissions will
present drafts of their papers before the initiation of the formal peer review process.

Please send abstracts (or any questions you might have) to:
Nitsan Chorev ( and
Andrew Schrank (


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