Calls for Papers

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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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 (”

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 (

Mini-Conference of the Comparative Historical Sociology Section
Friday, August 19, 2016
Seattle, Washington

The Comparative Historical Sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program at Northwestern University are pleased to announce a mini-conference entitled “Can Comparative Historical Sociology Save the World?” The conference will take place August 19th, 2016 at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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Careers, Care, and Life-Course “Fit:” Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy

June 23-25, 2016 (June 22, 2016 Pre-Conference Policy Day)
Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington D.C., USA

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) invites submissions for the 2016 Conference, Careers, Care, and Life-Course “Fit:” Implications for Health, Equality, and Policy, to be held June 23-25, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The Work and Family Researchers Network is an international membership organization of interdisciplinary work and family researchers. We seek fresh and innovative scientific contributions on work and family issues from investigators in diverse disciplines, and we value all disciplinary perspectives on the issues. The voices of all stakeholders are needed to understand and address work and family issues to advance knowledge and practice. We also encourage policy advocates, policy makers, and work-life practitioners to submit evidence-based contributions. Continuing at the 2016 conference will be a practitioner “track” in an effort to encourage practitioner and policy-oriented submissions and promotion of researcher and practitioner/policy maker collaboration. There will also be a preconference Congressional briefing (“Policy Day”) on June 22.

Read more about the Call for Papers here .

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Human Relations

Special Issue Call for Papers: Conceptualising flexible careers across the life course

Guest Editors: Jennifer Tomlinson (University of Leeds, UK; Marian Baird (University of Sydney, Australia); Peter Berg (Michigan State University, USA); Rae Cooper (University of Sydney, Australia)

Read the full call for papers here: humanrelations/special_issues/ Flexible%20careers.html

Submission deadline: 1st March 2016; please do not submit papers before 1st February 2016

In recent years, much literature and research on the quality of working lives focuses on jobs as the unit of analysis, emphasizing job quality and flexibility. Through this call, we seek to shift the focus to careers and, in particular, develop the construct of a ‘flexible career’ drawing attention to the fact that work occurs over time in sequence and trajectory. We are interested in the conditions under which flexible and sustainable careers can develop and flourish. Given this perspective, the overarching objective of this special issue is to encourage new analytical approaches to studying the concepts and intersection of flexibility and careers. More specifically, it is to provide a space to examine the meaning of flexible careers from different disciplinary perspectives and to question the extent to which careers can be forged and maintained at different points across the life course in the current social and economic context. In doing so, we focus on what is perhaps the one of the greatest tensions in contemporary labour markets and societies: how to combine the social and economic need for individual life-long work opportunity, accomplishment and development (careers) with the need for a workforce able to continuously adjustment to the supply and demand for labour in space, time and function (flexibility).

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