Gender and sexuality are two critical dimensions of human life and greatly influence the way people connect with various aspects of work.
This conference has been designed to bring together talent from academia and the broader public and private sectors (both for-profit and not-for-profit) to participate in respectful, professional and rigorous debate about gender and sexuality at work.
We aim to learn from each other, to find better ways to work together in building the knowledge base required to address gender and sexuality at work in healthy and productive ways.
As presenters, you will have the opportunity to:
- showcase your research, which may be especially beneficial for Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree Research students
- receive early feedback from peers with shared research interests
- develop new research partnerships
- connect with other academics
- discuss the implications of your research to the broader community and pitch your research ideas to potential partner organisations.
Additionally, two Best Paper Awards will be given to recognise the best submissions from (1) one Early Career Researcher and (2) one Higher Degree Research student. These awards will be based on the assessment of the expert reviewers of the papers and the Academic Executive Committee. HDR Students and ECR who are supervised by the conference organisers or members of the Academic Executive Committee are strongly encouraged to submit their research for presentation, however, they will not be eligible for either award.
As delegates, you will have the opportunity to:
- have first-hand access to cutting-edge research
- discuss the implications of new knowledge to your practice
- connect with academics and other professionals who have similar interests
- help shape the discussion on improving the quality of research in gender and sexuality at work
- support a professional, evidence-based and respectful space to advance scientific knowledge on social equity at work.
Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan, USA.
We will have five streams of work on the day of the conference:
Professor Lilia Cortina, Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan, USA.
Gender Harassment: A Technology of Oppression in Organizations
- Paper Presentations:
Concurrent peer-reviewed academic paper presentation sessions.
- Community/Industry-led workshops:
Workshops showcasing evidence-based applications of research to work-related issues.
- Gender and Sexuality at Work Research Taskforce:
This taskforce will provide an opportunity for interested academics, industry and community experts to develop a research agenda and agree on a set of guiding principles for conducting research in these areas in ways that are respectful and inclusive. In doing so, the taskforce will do the following:
- Assess the current state-of-play of research in these areas and identifying any problems or gaps
- Identify current areas of research priority
- Consider how to improve the quality and usefulness of research
- Suggest ways to engage industry and community partners in specific research projects
The final session will discuss the future of research and engagement in gender and sexuality at work. The results of the taskforce deliberations will be presented, and a panel of academics, community and industry experts will participate in the plenary.
We envisage that the taskforce will also be a means of establishing on ongoing network of researchers and research partners and provide a platform for future research collaborations.
Welcome to Country
Keynote – Professor Lilia Cortina
Gender and Sexuality at Work Research Taskforce
Gender and Sexuality at Work Research Taskforce
MC Closing Remarks
We are inviting academics and higher degree research students to submit short papers of their original research on gender and sexuality at work for oral presentations.
Call for submissions
Research on work issues relevant to individuals with specific gender identities, sexual orientations or sexual characteristics as well as comparisons across these and other intersecting life dimensions are encouraged. The research can be local, from specific regions around the world or cross-national.
Below, we list some of the areas that are relevant to work studies. This is not an exhaustive list; it is instead meant to provide an indication of the range of topics to be included in this conference. Research included in submissions should focus on how these topics intersect with gender and sexuality.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation
- Disruptive models of production/service delivery
- Employment segregation
- Health – personal, occupational and social wellbeing
- Incivility, harassment and abuse
- Interpersonal conflict
- Leadership and leaders’ advocacy
- Migration, forced migration, and refugees
- Organisational culture and climate
- Sport and sport organisations
- Retirement models and impacts
- Sex work
- Small and medium enterprises
- Technology - opportunities and risks
- Transition from education into work
- Unemployment and re-employment
- Union movements
- Unpaid work
- Volunteer work
- Work-life interface, boundaries and balance
- Workers’ rights and discrimination
- Workplace design
- 26 August 2019
Paper submission opens
- 13 October 2019
Paper submission closes
- 15 November 2019
Paper acceptance notification
- 18 November 2019
- 15 December 2019
Registration deadline for presenting authors
- 20 December 2019
Final program released
- 15 January 2020
Deadline revised papers for proceedings
- 18 February 2020
Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference
To prepare your short paper, please follow the submission guidelines. Once you are ready to submit, click on the link below to enter the abstract submission portal.
Short paper review process
Papers submitted for presentation at the conference will be peer-reviewed and authors will be advised of their acceptance by the 31st October 2019. Please note that by submitting a short paper to the conference, you are also agreeing to review at least one short paper submitted by another author in order to contribute to the peer-review process.
All Conference papers will be refereed using an open review process, (i.e., the identity of the authors and reviewers are known to each other). The transparency of open peer review encourages accountability and civility, generally improving the overall quality of the review and article. We therefore ask reviewers to provide rigorous and collegiate feedback that is designed to help other authors develop their work.
Reviewers will also be asked to rate the quality of the papers along seven dimensions that will help us select the best papers to be presented and to decide on the two Best Paper Awards. The average rating from the two reviewers will only be seen by the Academic Executive Committee.
Papers will be evaluated on a five-point rating scale based on the quality of:
- The introduction and framing of the research
- The methodology applied to address the topic
- Data analysis conducted and results clarity
- Discussion of theoretical implications
- Discussion of practical implications
- Intersectional considerations
- Multidisciplinary approach
Panel discussions, workshops and symposia
We are inviting organisations that have accumulated extensive expertise on gender, sexual orientation and sexual characteristics at work over the years to prepare specific knowledge sharing activities during the conference. If you are interested in organising a panel discussion, workshop or symposium as part of the conference please get in contact. We look forward to hearing your ideas.
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Support for interstate Higher Degree by Research students
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) will sponsor two interstate PhD students to present at the conference, including an economy return flight and one nights accommodation for each student.
If you are a PhD student and your short paper is accepted, you will be competing for this support. Two criteria will be considered in selecting the two students:
- 1. The students’ expression of interest for this type of support during the short paper submission process.
- 2. The ratings provided by the reviewers to the short papers.
Getting to the venue
Train and tram
- Catch the train to Melbourne Central Station, exit via Swanston Street, walk to Swanston Street and catch any tram heading north. Alight at Lincoln Square – Stop 3, turn left down Lincoln Square and right onto Pelham Street until you get to the corner of Pelham Street and Leicester Street, where Woodward Conference Centre is located.
- Catch the train to Melbourne Central Station, exit via Elizabeth Street, walk to Elizabeth Street and catch tram 19 or 59 heading north. Alight at Haymarket – Stop 9, turn right onto Pelham Street until you get to the corner of Pelham Street and Barry Street, where Woodward Conference Centre is located.
There is limited parking available around the campus.
The conference venue is accessible for people using wheelchairs, including accessible entry, conference rooms, and toilets.
If you have any access requirements, please note them in the conference registration form or contact us below by the 15th of January 2020 so we can discuss suitable arrangements.
Dr Victor Sojo, Centre for Workplace Leadership
Dr Melissa Wheeler, Department of Management and Marketing
Executive Academic Committee
Associate Professor Susan Ainsworth - Department of Management and Marketing
Professor Julie Bernhardt AM - The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and WiSPP
Professor Anna Chapman - Melbourne Law School
Associate Professor Michelle Evans - Program Director MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class
Professor Valerie Francis - Melbourne School of Design
Professor Olena Hankivsky - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Associate Professor Natalie Hannan - Mercy Hospital for Women
Professor Thomas Maak - Centre for Workplace Leadership
Associate Professor Leah Ruppanner - School of Social and Political Sciences
Senior Faculty Dr Sarah Russell - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and WiSPP
Associate Professor Kylie Smith - Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Professorial Fellow Mark Wooden - Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research
Industry Committee Members
Jennifer Tobin - Diversity Manager, cohealth
Ms Rebecca Schachtman
PhD candidate Adriana Vargas Saenz
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