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Distinguished Lecture Series: Edwina Pio - OH MY GOD! Work & Worship in Organisations

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START DATE 28 October 2015
START TIME 05:30pm

C219, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 28 October 2015
END TIME 08:00pm

Distinguished Lecture Series - Introductory Lecture

Middlesex University Business School would like to invite you to join us for the introductory lecture of this academic year's Distinguished Lecture Series. The introductory lecture is our opportunity to open up business to ideas beyond what is usually expected of the field. As a business school we connect our students, academics, professionals and the local community with knowledge. However we realise knowledge is about more than information, it is about inspiration and ideas, and for this reason the introductory lecture is an opportunity to think outside the box. Like the Business School itself the introductory lecture comes at the world of business in innovative and creative ways.

This year will see us joined by Prof. Edwina Pio, New Zealand's first Professor of Diversity and an integral part of Auckland University's Business and Law School. Edwina will be delivering a talk on Work and Worship, looking at the connections between work and religion, and asking us to consider what role people's belief can play in their career.

OH MY GOD! Work & Worship in Organisations

Work & Worship will investigate organisations as the locus of religious expression and the implications for organisational practices. While religion may not foreground work, for many it is a dynamic background against which they operate. This lecture deals with the renewed sensitivity towards beliefs and calls for the development of a new organisational model to rethink and remould our places of work. A repertoire, lexicon and vocabulary that allows individuals to think and talk about religion in a deeper and more meaningful way to open a space in which they can integrate their religious identity into their professional identity to the benefit of their work. 


Edwina Pio is New Zealand's first Professor of Diversity and a Fulbright alumnus, she is Research Leader of the Immigration and Inclusion Group, Co-director of the Global Centre for Equality & Human Rights and Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute. A passionate engaged ethnic minority woman, she brings her unique gifts of world class research and collaborations in Australia, Europe, India, NZ and USA. As a knowledge creator she investigates, explores and actively engages in theory building and empirical research in diversity, with specific focus on marginality in organisations along the dimensions of ethnicity, gender, religion and indigenous studies. In her writings, teachings and dissemination of information at various fora, she weaves the strands of fragile silences and illuminate stories that are often not told, to unfurl concepts and experiences that represent epistemic fault lines often emblematic of restrictive covenants in organisations, education and society. Edwina has numerous publications in internationally ranked journals, as well as books such as Sari: Indian Women at work in New Zealand, Longing & Belonging, Caste Away? Unfolding the Maori Indian, and Work & Worship. Edwina was involved with the Human Rights Commission in New Zealand for developing guidelines for religion in the workplace, is a registered counselor and does probono work with migrants.

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