International CGO Conference: "Interrogating Intersectionality: What's Missing and What's Next?"- Register by June 15th- $50 STUDENT FEE ADDED

Interrogating Intersectionality: What's missing and what's next?
Hosted by the Center for Gender in Organizations
Simmons College School of Management, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

June 29 - July 1, 2013

STEP 1- REGISTER (by June 15th)

STEP 2- EMAIL ABSTRACT (by June 15th)

Faculty/Independent Scholars: $150

Students: $50

This working Conference is an international forum to interrogate the concept of intersectionality from a multidisciplinary perspective to advance both theory and praxis. Intersectionality continues to receive much attention in both scholarly and policy-making domains. Although this has led to important changes in the way inequality and the complex dynamics of oppression and privilege are understood, the focus has remained primarily conceptual, leaving practice relatively under-problematized. This hands-on working conference seeks to discuss, challenge and transform our thinking about the theory and praxis of intersectionality with a goal of setting an agenda for current and future scholars whose work and interests fall into the field of organization studies and organizations.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Bandana Purkayastha - Bandana Purkayastha is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the Asian American Studies Institute, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut (USA). Her interests include transnational communities; urban sociology; gender and ethnicity; migration and South Asia. Her current projects focus on Asian Americans and aging, and collaborative work on web-based discourses of student groups.

Professor Mieke Verloo - Mieke Verloo is Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues at Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Her interests include equality policies, feminist methodology and social movements. Since the early 90s, she has been looking at the analysis, development and design of gender equality policies. Her current work explores strategies against gender inequality to other axes of privilege and power, such as race/ethnicity, class and sexuality.


Dr. Doyin Atewologun, City University London, UK

Professor Lisa Bowleg, The George Washington University, USA

Dr. Nasima Carrim, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Professor Ange-Marie Hancock, Yale University, USA

Dr. Mayra Ruiz Castro, Center for Gender in Organizations, USA

In order to facilitate a dialogue that promotes the intellectual encounter of ideas and serves a developmental function, the conference will be structured with a combination of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workgroups where participants will engage in discussion around a theme during each day as follows:

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, 29th June, 2013
Theme: "Intersectionality: Challenges and Provocations"

 9 a.m. - Welcome/Registration/Continental Breakfast
10 - Formal Opening and Panel: "Advancing the Agenda on Intersctionality in Organizations and Organizational Studies" - Judith Pringle, Jenny Rodriguez, Evangelina Holvino
Group Activity and Plenary Discussion
Structured Neworking Event
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 - Keynote: Bandana Purkayastha - "Intersectionality: Challenges and Provocations"
"Buzz groups" and large discussion
3:15 -Tea/Coffee break
3:45 -Workgroups
Reflection Time nd Plenary
5:30 p.m. - Close of Day 1

Day 2 - Sunday, 30th June, 2013
Theme: "Intersectionality Practice and Research: Questions and Dilemmas"
8:30 a.m.- Continental Breakfast
9 - Welcome
Keynote - Mieke Verloo - "Intersectionality: From Theory to Policy and Practice"
Individual reflections
10:15 -Coffee/tea break
10:45 - Discussion groups and Plenary
12:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 - Panel- "Crafting Intersectionality Research" - Ange-Marie Hancock, Lia Bowleg, Doyin Atewologun, Mayra Ruiz Castro
Large Group Discussion
3:15 - Tea/Coffee break
3:45 - Workgroups
5:45 - Close of Day 2
6 p.m. - Wine and Cheese Reception & Networking

Day 3 - Monday, 1st July, 2013
Theme: "Intersectionality and the Disciplines"
8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
9 - Welcome
9:15 -Panel- "Intersectionality and the Disciplines: Changing the way or changing our ways" - Marieke Van Der Brink, Joyce Fletcher, Stella Nkomo
10:30 - Break
11 - Workgroups
Group Activity and Plenary
12:45 - Final Comments & Close of Conference
1 p.m. - Lunch

Workgroup discussions will be structured around the following topics:

  • Conceptual-theoretical advances in intersectionality
  • Intersectionality as critique
  • Researching intersectionality: methods; strategies; qualitative; quantitative
  • Curricula/Teaching: challenges and opportunities in intersectionality
  • Intersectionality and organizational change
  • Inter-national, transnationalism and intersectionality
  • An open-topic group will also be formed to discuss issues that fall outside the topics above.

If you are interested in participating in this event, you can register here. As part of your registration, you will be asked to submit a one-page abstract (400 word limit) to This abstract should explain your interest in intersectionality, how you use intersectionality in your current work and what dilemmas, questions or ideas you would like to work on or discuss more deeply at this conference. You will be asked to deliver a short presentation to a workgroup based on your abstract and to apply learnings from the conference to advance your own work as well as generate collective understanding.

The deadline for registration is extended to June 15th, 2013. Because of the highly interactive nature of the conference, participation is limited to seventy persons. The fee is $150 and can be paid via credit card at the link above.

Hotel reservations can be at one of two locations within walking distance of Simmons College.

For rooms at The Inn at Longwood, please call 1-800- GOT BEST or 1-617-731-4700 and mention "Simmons CGO Conference" in order to receive the reduced rate. You may also click here to make reservations online. Reservations must be received before May 29, 2013. The rate is $179 per night.

For rooms at The Holiday Inn Brookline, please call 1-617-277-1200 and mention "Simmons CGO Conference" to receive the contracted group rate. The rate is $164 per night.

CGO will be happy to provide a letter of invitation to be used in securing a Visa. Please contact
Lauren Walleser at to request a letter.

About the Center for Gender in Organizations

The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) is helping to shift how decision-makers think and act in terms of gender equity, diversity and organizational effectiveness. Our research demonstrates that gender equity and diversity greatly improve work practice and businesses benefit when they view gender equity as a strategic imperative and a source of competitive advantage. It is this vital link between gender equity and productivity that forms the cornerstone of CGO's work.

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For further information, please contact Lauren Walleser at Simmons College, , or a member of the organizing team:

Patricia Deyton
Simmons College

Evangelina Holvino
Chaos Management, Ltd.

Joyce Fletcher
Simmons College

Jenny Rodriguez
Newcastle University

Stella Nkomo
University of Pretoria

Judith Pringle
Auckland University of Technology

Marieke van den Brink
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

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