Equal Opportunities International (EOI) 2009 Conference

International Conference
Date: 15-17 July,  2009
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey
 
In  recognition of the global crises which have left their marks on 2008 with  enduring impacts today, the EOI 2009 Conference will focus on 'Equality,  Diversity and Inclusion in Times of Global Crisis'. The conference will  provide an  interdisciplinary and international platform for exploration of equality, 
diversity  and inclusion in context. There will be academic and doctoral sessions as  well  as sessions for officers in equality, diversity and inclusion. 
Conference web site is at: www.eoi-conference.org 
 
Title of the Stream : Understanding the dynamics of careers and identities  through multiple strands of equality 
 
Stream chairs: Dr Dorota Bourne, Queen Mary, University of London,  d.bourne@qmul.ac.uk, Dr Gozde Inal, Cyprus International University,  ginal@ciu.edu.tr, Dr Mine Karataş-Özkan, University of Southampton,  mko@soton.ac.uk 
 
Stream outline (rationale and key themes) 

Inequalities based on gender, age, ethnicity, disability or sexuality is still  persistent in organizational practices while a dominant perception and  heightened awareness of equality exist at the same time. This stream will address career experiences and related identity development of individuals 
in organizations by taking into account multiple strands of equality and diversity including gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion. We are particularly interested in the intersectionality of factors which might affect the nature of career experiences, opportunities and constraints that face individuals. Gendered practices of career making and power-based gendering processes underpinning the career and identity development are relevant themes of the stream. Triggers for and impediments to developing a career trajectory by ethnic minority men and women, young people, disabled people, and gay men and lesbian women will be explored in this proposed stream. 
Organisational commitment to equality and diversity, policy initiatives and interventions, dealing with stereotypical perceptions of themselves, and choosing alternative career options such as self-employment and entrepreneurial careers pertain to this stream as key areas to explore in 
tackling inequalities. Multi-level examination of the subject (i.e. national effects, discourse effects, sectoral effects, organizational effects, and individual effects, Ozbilgin and Tatli, 2008) and different theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome in this stream. 
 
Stream questions: 
1. What are the key issues that pertain to career and identity development experiences of ethnic minority men and women, young people, disabled people, and gay men and lesbian women? 

2. What are the main triggers for, and impediments to, career and identity making of these individuals? How does an intersectionality of factors including gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion impact on their career development and identity formation? 
 
3. How do the policy interventions and diversity management discourses and practices affect the career and identity experiences of these people? Are there any contextual differences (i.e. national, regional, sectoral, organisational)? 
 
4. Do alternative routes of career and identity making such as self- employment and entrepreneurial careers present viable opportunities for career progress? Are there different challenges involved? 
 
Stream keywords: career, identity, multiple strand, equality, diversity 
 
We welcome three forms of paper submissions to regular streams: 
Extended abstract: Customarily an extended abstract should be approximately 300 words including references. This is suitable for research in its early stages of development. 
Developmental papers: These should be approximately 3000-5000 words, including references. 
Full papers: These are longer contributions less than 40 sides of A4 including references. Please see EOI manuscript guidelines. 
 
The manuscript submission site will open in the first week of February, and will  close on 15 May, 2009. Final session lists for each stream are due on 15 June 2009. All submissions to the EOI conference should be original pieces which were not published elsewhere in any other form. Please use the abstract/paper submission form for submitting your abstract/manuscript. 
 Stream chairs may organise the sessions in different ways. However, in general, paper presentations at the conference will be a maximum of 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Data projectors will be available in each conference room. 
 
Important Dates 
 
Abstract or full paper submission: 15 May 2009 
Please see the link 'Call for Papers' on the left for details of  abstract/paper submission. You need to register before you can submit a paper. All submissions should be made via the abstract/paper submission form on the left. 
This deadline also applies to the doctoral stream. 
Response to authors: 15 June 2009 
Some stream chairs may offer early decisions on papers. Please contact the  relevant track chairs for review and acceptance/rejection criteria and decisions. 
Full conference schedule will be available 1 July 2009 
Please note that some streams may impose other deadlines.
 Please read stream information for separate submission information.
 
 
Mine Karatas-Ozkan  
mko[at]SOTON.AC.UK