Call for papers: the 6th Workshop on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: Toward an interdisciplinary agenda

In continuation of previous years’ successful workshops (under the name : Workshop on leadership, diversity and inclusion), and with the aim to create an interdisciplinary space for discussion about diversity, equality and inclusion, we are calling for contributions on the topic for the 2021 workshop, that will take place virtually 31 may. Scholars from diverse disciplines including management, organization studies, sociology, economics, psychology, marketing, law...and more!...are welcome.


Issues related to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) at work, in organizations and in society are gaining in popularity in both practice and academia. These topics are a matter of interest in various schools of thought and have been studied by scholars from within a wide array of fields, subjects, and methods. Research on D&I also spreads across different levels, organizations, and geographical locations. Yet, this field of knowledge remains eclectic and fragmented, while there are recurring calls for more interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinary research is a moving target for most researchers, but it seems very relevant to consider in a community that takes interest in diversity and difference. Considering the variety of factors that affect equality inclusion and diversity at work and society, an interdisciplinary approach is also likely to provide a more holistic understanding of the issue, thereby also leading to better solutions and suggestions for practice.

Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, the workshop will be held virtually 31 May 9:00-17:00 We hope this will allow participants from different countries and disciplines to attend the conference and join the diversity and inclusion community. Mindful of ‘zoom fatigue’, the workshop will last one day only (instead of two days in previous years).

The workshop is free of charge. We ask for your commitment to attend and actively participate once you have signed up, for the benefit of all participants.

Supported by the CBS Diversity and Difference platform, the workshop is organized by a multi-disciplinary group of platform members: Florence Villesèche, Amira Benali, Aleksandra Gregoric, Jacobo Ramirez, Yvette Lind, and Stefan Schwarzkopf.

We invite submissions to three different tracks:

  • Research presentation track: an opportunity to present work-in-progress at any stage (first draft; work in progress including papers submitted to upcoming conferences; papers close to submission, etc.). Presenters receive feedback from participants with other backgrounds/methods skills as well as from someone closer to their field. Please submit a paper abstract (min. 500, max. 2000 words)
  • Incubator track: based on projects ideas related to D&I (starting PhD projects, funding ideas, etc.) and with a view to address interdisciplinarity, session participants use design thinking approaches to help shape each other’s ideas. Please submit a project abstract (min. 500, max. 2000 words)
  • Imagination track: this track aims at imagining the future of interdisciplinarity in D&I research, both in terms of theory and methods. E.g., how would thinking about interdisciplinarity change the way we do research? What could be new approaches to interdisciplinarity? What if we take a postdisciplinary approach instead? We will also aim to be creative in the way we approach this discussion. Instead of a paper or project abstract, participants submit a ‘motivational abstract’, including some starting ideas or questions to discuss with others (min. 200, max. 800 words).

You are welcome to submit proposals to more than one track. It is also possible to sign up only as a participant without a proposal. Please indicate the preferred track if you wish to do so. You are expected to engage actively in the sessions.

Please submit your abstracts by April 21st to:
Amira Benali

Remember to include:
Email title > Submission - 6th Workshop on DEI
Chosen track

Other dates and info
You will receive an answer latest 10 days after the deadline.
The registration website will be open in April – exact date tbc, we will let all submitters know.
We will create online folders to upload your full(er) papers and projects, latest Friday 21st May.

Tentative program
9.00-10.00: Welcome and Keynote
10.00-11.15: Parallel sessions 1
11.15-12.30: Parallel sessions 2
12.30-13.00: Lunch break – Eat & Meet (breakout rooms)
13.00-13.45: Connecting body and mind – let’s get energized!
13.45-15.15: Parallel sessions 3
15.15-16.15: Book Launch panel debate: The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods (S. Just, A. Risberg & F. Villesèche, Eds.)
16.15-17:00: Wrap up and networking (breakout rooms)
Breaks will be added in

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