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Seminar 2 Podcast

Seminar 2 Theorising Gendered Inclusion: Contemporary Gender Roles, Identities and Expectations at Work

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Seminar 2 in the series will explore the feminine and masculine organizational subjectivities which form the basis of inclusion in contemporary organizations. In particular, attention will be directed at reconfigurations of femininity and masculinity connected to discourses of postfeminism and neoliberalism which circulate in the wider social context. Such discourses act as differentiators of the meanings and understandings that attach to femininity and masculinity with implications for how women and men – both understood as heterogeneous groups – experience work and organizations. Set within the context of the emergence of these discourses, this seminar considers the kinds of organizational subjects women and men are expected to become - such as the new ideal leader characterised by a feminine ethos manifest in a range of leadership practices associated with femininity - if they are to gain access to and be fully included in the world of work.


  • Dr Shelley Budgeon, Dept. of Political Science, University of Birmingham - Governance Feminism and Techniques of Crisis Management
  • Professor Rosalind Gill, School of Arts & Social Sciences, City University - The Confidence Cult: Putting Confidence to Work in the Postfeminist & Neoliberal Workplace
  • Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University - Men, Managers & Postfeminism
  • Dr Maria Adamson, Middlesex University Business School, Middlesex University - Successfully ‘balanced’ femininity in CEO autobiographies: the intersection of postfeminist and neoliberal logic
  • Dr Rachel O’Neill, Dept. of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London - Postfeminism in the academy: Gendered Inclusions and Exclusions in Masculinity Studies
  • Professor Nick Rumens, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth - Postfeminism, Queer Sexualities and Work

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