Please see the following announcement about a potential conference of interest:

Critical Management Studies Conference 2017
July 3 – 5, Liverpool, England 

Stream: Heroes and heroism

Stream chairs: Edward Granter & Leo McCann, University of Manchester, Des Williamson, University of Surrey.

‘Heroes do not receive material rewards for their hardships. Heroes must be willing to downplay their own exceptional abilities. Heroes abide by norms of anonymity; they must avoid being recognized as heroes’ (Adapted from Lois, 1999: 123)

This call for papers seeks contributions from a range of disciplines, which interrogate the nature of heroes and heroism in organizations and society. Recognising, after Lois, that ‘heroes’ often avoid identification, and that the nature of heroism is heavily mediated by emotional, organizational and cultural dimensions, how then can we define it – what makes work and workers heroic? Who, for Critical Management scholars and more widely, are our heroes? Do we have any? Can we have any? Why, if at all, do organizations possess or require heroes?

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Please find an interesting call for abstracts below:

Welcome to the third International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work held 16-18 August 2017, in Turku Finland. The 2017 conference will look forward with the theme ‘Work and Labour in the Digital Future’.

The first conference on research on work, WORK2013, followed by the second conference, WORK2015 in Turku, Finland brought over 400 participants from all over the world with excellent keynote and paper sessions. WORK2017 will stand out with the interdisciplinary theme of digital future.

We cordially invite you to submit an individual abstract to existing streams (listed below). Submission for abstracts opens on the 15th of November at the webpage:

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The 12th semi-annual Gender, Science, and Organizations Workgroup will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 9th 2017 – the day of the opening evening reception for the Sociologists for Women in Society winter meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The workgroup is targeted at sociologists who are already doing research on studies of gender & academic careers, scientific workplace organizations, organizational transformations to promote gender equality, etc. We are a growing, loosely organized group of sociologists who focus on science as a workplace and many workshop participants work on NSF-funded ADVANCE research projects.

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Come join us at our Global Carework Summit in Lowell MA June 1-3 2017!!!

Deadline for abstracts December 1 (November 1 to be considered for special issue). Why should you come?

  1. Be inspired and challenged by Shahra Razavi and Nancy Folbre, each of whom will be giving a keynote address.
  2. Attend screenings of innovative films related to carework.
  3. Engage with Joan Tronto and an international panel of scholars about the implications of her book Caring and Democracy in a global context.
  4. Join top scholars for featured sessions on aging and elder care, the economics of care and other critical topics.
  5. Dialogue with carework scholars from Costa Rica, Chile, Israel, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and many other countries around the world (add your country here by coming to join us!!).
  6. Participate in a collective conversation leading to a research and action agenda.
  7. Enjoy the affordability of the conference registration fee and hotel prices — and opportunities for even better deals if you want to volunteer to help out.
  8. Explore the historic city of Lowell, an important site for industrialization, women’s work, and labor organizing, with a narrated walking tour.
  9. Contribute to a special issue of the journal New Solutions focused on the health and safety of paid care workers.
  10. Be part of the first stand alone conference the Carework Network has held in a number of years — and the first with a truly global reach.

The Call for Papers is below and more information is available at Please forward far and wide – and we look forward to seeing you in Lowell in June.

To keep up with the Carework Network join the listserv by sending an email to Darcie_Boyer@uml.eduand join our Facebook group The Carework Network.

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The following Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) sessions may be of interest to OOW members.

Title: Couple Relationships.
Summary: Both theoretical and empirical research have examined a range of relationship characteristics and processes (including attraction, love, intimacy, commitment, power, communication, and conflict) that may have an impact on the development, quality, and dissolution of intimate relationships. This session is looking for research that examines different aspects of relationship dynamics within couples. Research on non-heterosexual couples and comparative research is encouraged. Please submit abstracts (not longer than 250 words) to Deniz Yucel ( Deadline for abstract submission: October 10, 2016.

Title: Race, Gender, and Inequality in Higher Education.
Summary: Inequality in higher education is more pronounced in certain aspects of educational systems, such as access to higher education, college experiences and post-graduation outcomes. Large disparities continue to exist among racial and ethnic groups in higher education, even for younger generations, and women are surpassing men in postsecondary attainment. This session is looking for research that examines such elements of inequality in higher education. Papers that focus on uncovering issues such as race and gender gaps are encouraged, as is comparative research. Please submit abstracts (not longer than 250 words) to Deniz Yucel ( Deadline for abstract submission: October 10, 2016.

Mini-Conference: Race, Organizations, and the Organizing Process
2017 ESS Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, February 23-26

When researchers analyze race and organizations they primarily do so at the individual level. A person’s racial categorization influences their organizational experiences, such as by affecting their chances of accessing and receiving adequate employment, education, and healthcare. A body of sociological evidence confirms that organizations produce inequality or systematic disparities between racial groups. In particular, all else being equal, Whites have far better experiences and outcomes with the organizations – firms, schools, hospitals, etc. – that we have come to depend upon for our livelihood than racial minorities.

Though important, this individual-level focus limits our ability to understand the intersection of race and organizations to its fullest extent. This mini-conference represents an attempt to understand race as a property that also operates at the organizational level.

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Register now for mini-conference on “Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the US, China, and the World,” in Seattle   

The deadline is approaching! We invite you to register by FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, for our conference on “Precarious Work: Domination and Resistance in the US, China, and the World,” to take place on August 19, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. The conference will bring together large groups of researchers from the USA, China, and Canada, as well as scholars from 12 other countries, to present research on a wide range of topics related to precarious work.  Plenary sessions will feature local Seattle activists as well as globally noted scholars.

The complete program is online at You can also register at:, and the deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 5. The conference is free to all, but there is a small charge if you wish to receive a box lunch.

The conference will take place Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central College, in downtown Seattle, Washington, from 9am-6pm, followed by a gala reception in the same location hosted by the ASA section on Labor and Labor Movements. We hope you can plan to be present for the full conference, which will bring together a remarkable set of discussions on precarious work, and stay to enjoy our hospitality after. Please also forward this message to any and all persons you think might be interested. See for additional information. If you have any questions, please send them to Brittney Lee at <>.