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 <>.

Please find a call for submissions for the 4th AOM Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on “Trust between Individuals and Organizations”.  Details are below or at

Saturday, Aug 6 2016 10:15AM – 1:15PM
Anaheim Marriott in Platinum Ballroom 7

Trust is a fundamental characteristic of work relationships and one of the most frequently studied concepts in organizational research today. This PDW is aimed at advancing research on trust by serving as a platform for scholars to discuss fundamental issues, engage in dialogue, and help further research-in-progress.

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The program for the 2016 mini-conference on precarious labor is now available online.  The one-day conference, which is co-sponsored by the OOW Section, will be held Friday, August 19, 2016 in Seattle, Washington (Seattle Central College).

The conference focuses on analyzing the growth of precarious employment and informal labor, its consequences for workers and their families, the challenges it poses to worker organizing and collective mobilization, and how workers and other social actors are responding to precariousness.  The program focuses on the United States and China, but includes a range of global cases and perspectives.

The conference was initiated by the American Sociological Association (ASA)’s Labor and Labor Movements Section, the International Sociological Association (ISA)’s Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44), and the Chinese Sociological Association’s China Association of Work and Labor (CAWL).






A Conference and Special Issue Honoring David B. Lipsky

Conflict and Its Resolution in the Changing World of Work

The ILR Review ( invites submissions for a conference and subsequent special issue devoted to the role that conflict and conflict resolution play in the changing world of work. Ariel Avgar (University of Illinois;, Alexander Colvin (Cornell University;, and Harry Katz (Cornell University; will serve as coordinators of this special issue. Scholars interested in participating should submit a complete draft of their paper by April 15, 2017. Authors will be notified by July 1, 2017, if their paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Prospective contributors are urged to consult any of the coordinators regarding preliminary proposals or ideas for papers.

Authors whose papers are accepted will be invited to a conference sponsored by the ILR School at Cornell University honoring David B. Lipsky and recognizing his many contributions to the field of conflict resolution. The conference will be held in Ithaca, New York, in November 2017. Conference expenses will be subsidized by Cornell University. Papers presented at the conference should be suitable for immediate submission to external reviewers. A subset of authors will be asked to submit their papers to the ILR Review with the expectation that their papers will be published in a special issue if they pass the external review process. Papers that are deemed of good quality but not selected for the special issue may be considered for publication in a regular issue of the journal.

Conflict and its resolution play a pivotal role in the workplace and organizations and help to explain a range of important outcomes at different levels of analysis. While conflict is an inherent part of the workplace and organizational life, the past 40 years have seen a dramatic and consequential transformation in the way it is resolved and managed. In the workplace arena, individual employment rights disputes have supplanted collective bargaining as the most widespread mode of conflict resolution, with declining unionization and strike rates and rising litigation numbers. At the same time, a growing proportion of organizations have turned to alternative methods for dealing with conflict, such as mediation and arbitration that, among other things, are designed to bypass approaches that rely primarily on traditional litigation or managerial authority. New organizational structures and work practices have changed the very nature of conflict and require new and innovative conflict management approaches.

This changing landscape has given rise to important questions about the antecedents and consequences associated with new forms of conflict and the wide array of methods used to manage and resolve it. While scholars in a variety of disciplines have begun to address these questions, there is much more we need to know. Research on alternative conflict resolution methods, for example, has focused more on explaining how and why such methods have emerged and much less on how they affect employees, organizations, and society more generally. In addition, existing studies have primarily focused on conflict resolution in the context of traditional employment arrangements, with far less attention paid to new forms of work and employment models. Existing research has also focused heavily on conflict resolution in the United States, with less attention given to international and comparative perspectives.

The study of conflict and its resolution has been fragmented, with little integration of theoretical and empirical insights across disciplines. Research examining conflict and its resolution at the individual or group levels, for example, does not incorporate relevant findings from organizational and societal level studies, and vice versa. Our theories need to integrate an understanding of how factors at multiple levels of analysis affect conflict, alternative approaches to conflict resolution, and related outcomes.

For this conference and special issue, we are particularly interested in papers that address underexplored areas of research and that incorporate diverse disciplinary perspectives. We welcome papers that are empirical or conceptual; that include international perspectives; and that make use of a range of methodologies, including surveys, experiments, case studies, archival studies, or legal research.

Potential topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • New and emerging conflict resolution techniques in union and nonunion settings
  • Conflict and conflict resolution practices in different national settings and their implications for theory in this area
  • The relationship between alternative work arrangements and workplace conflict and conflict management
  • The influence of new employment models on conflict and conflict resolution
  • The adoption of conflict resolution practices in small and entrepreneurial firms
  • The link between conflict resolution methods and the level and nature of conflict in organizations
  • The impact of conflict resolution practices on employee, group, organizational, and societal outcomes
  • The implications of internal conflict resolution practices for employee access to justice
  • The relationship between legal, economic, and competitive pressures and workplace conflict and its resolution
  • Explaining individual usage patterns of various conflict resolution practices
  • Advances in the field of negotiation

To submit a paper for consideration, please go to and click on “Submit a Manuscript.” After you have logged into the manuscript submission website, be sure to fill in the “Special Issue” option.