CFP : Gender, knowledge production and knowledge work

Publié le 20 septembre par Heta Rundgren

For a special issue of Gender, Work & Organisation, edited by Pauline CUllen, Myra Marx Ferree and Kate Grosser, submission of papers by September 30, 2017.

Co-editors :
Pauline Cullen, Lecturer Sociology and Politics, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland.
Myra Marx Ferree, Professor Sociology, University of Wisconsin, USA.
Mieke Verloo, Professor Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues, Radboud University, the Netherlands.
Kate Grosser, Senior Lecturer, International Business School of Management RMIT University Melbourne, Australia.

This interdisciplinary call is for papers that address the changing gendered politics of knowledge and knowledge creation in relation to organization studies (Gherardi 2010). The central aim of this special issue is to explore the emergence and fate of gender knowledge claims - understood as forms of ’gender expertise’ - in the transformations of such knowledge production organizations as higher education and cultural industries. Gender expertise and other forms of gender knowledge are mobilised by actors who are competing to shape discourse, policy and practice on gender equality (Bustelo et al. 2016 ; Elomaki, 2015).

Previous work has explored how the knowledge society and economy are gendered (Walby et al , 2011) and how gender knowledge claims enter public policy debates (Pr ?gl and True, 2014 ; Roberts, 2014 ; Cavaghan 2013). More recently, cultural production itself has been seen as a context for gender knowledge claims, for example, in professional training and higher education (Ferree and Zippel, 2015 ; Gill and Donaghue,2016 ; O Connor, 2014) and in cultural industries such as film, publishing and social media (Conor, Gill and Taylor,2015). This later research has suggested that the commercialization of knowledge and the adoption of corporate practices and ideologies has gendered implications for the conditions in which knowledge work is done, the career paths of knowledge workers and the extent of feminist control over the production of gendered knowledge.

This special issue aims to consolidate and extend this research. We are looking for papers that move beyond merely substantiating the degree of gender inequality in organizations producing knowledge to explore the implications of institutional reconfiguration or reform in these industries and the gender knowledge claims that accompany these organizational change projects. We are also are seeking research that explores the implications of organizational structures for knowledge workers, and crucially also their responses to changes, including strategies they employ to resist in neo-liberal contexts and feminist collective actions to support new or expanding gender knowledge claims (Swan and Fox, 2010 ; Parsons and Priola, 2013).

Potential topics include : gender equality and academic managerialism ; gender and precarity in universities and cultural industries ; gender, leadership and higher education ; gender training organizations and organizing ; using gender knowledge to address work-life balance/conflict, intersectional perspectives on knowledge production ; control over recognition and reward surrounding knowledge production and assessments ; the co-optation of feminist knowledge work and/or collective resistance to these changes.

This list of topics is suggestive rather than exhaustive. We invite scholars from a variety of disciplines including sociology, political science, cultural studies, geography, management and organisational studies to submit papers that expand existing knowledge or explore new directions for the field of gender, knowledge production and knowledge work for consideration in this special issue. Articles should be submitted online at and conform to the author guidelines of Gender, Work and Organization. The normal length of a submitted article should be around 9,000 words. The deadline for submission of papers for peer review is September 30 2017.