CFA: Gender and Globalisation: What do Intersectionality and Transnational Feminism contribute?

Call for abstracts: Gender and Globalisation: What do Intersectionality and Transnational Feminism contribute?

Stream Convenors:
Diane C. Farmer, Business School, Kingston University, ENGLAND
Evangelina Holvino, Simmons School of Management, USA
Jenny K. Rodriguez, Newcastle University Business School, ENGLAND

“The [intersectionality] framework remains important, but we have to pay attention to and elucidate the complexities of using this framework beyond Euro-American societies. Understanding and attending to the complexities of transnationalism—composed of structures within, between, and across nation-states, and virtual spaces—alerts us to look for other axes of domination and the limits of using “women of color” concepts, as we use them now, to look across and within nation-states to understand the impact of transnationalism” (Purkayastha, 2012, p. 62).

This stream aims to explore the relationship between intersectionality and transnational feminism in the context of globalisation by exploring the following key questions: what are the similarities between these two approaches to the study of gender and power relations? What are the differences between intersectionality and transnational feminist approaches? What can we learn from sustained generative conversations that explore these two approaches to gender as it is applied to work and organisations in a global(ised) world?

Globalisation and its associated dynamics have generated increased transnational dynamics that have transformed relations in workplaces where a combination of new patterns of migration and the feminisation of globalisation have (re)shaped the construction, enactment, deployment and regulation of social dimensions. In the last decades, intersectionality has been recognised as one of the most important theoretical and practical contributions to understanding gender and the situation of women whose experience and structural position are different because of their differences across race, sexuality, ethnicity, class, nationality and other social dimensions. In a parallel development, transnational feminist theories or approaches have gained ground, especially shedding insights on the situation of women given the transnational flow of labour, culture, bodies, and capital, which are now characteristic of globalisation and its ‘new world order’. However, present discussions of intersectionality have not fully incorporated social life in transnational spaces so there is much scope to incorporate the global hierarchy of nations as part of the intersectional nexus of analysis to help us not only to articulate and explore complex positionalities and contradictory subjectivities but also to broaden, challenge or change our understanding of intersectionality (Holvino, 2010; Choo, 2012; Purkayastha, 2012).

Davis (2010) has argued for the relevance of intersectionality to transnational analyses in its “….capacity to function as a method for analysing an array of transnational relations linking gender to a network of disciplinary regimes, normativities, sexual ethics, class apartheids, and racialised effects…locat[ing] transnational gender contexts within and across intersecting circuits of race, class, and sexuality moving in multiple and simultaneous political economies, histories, and culture formations (p. 143). Similarly, Calás & Smircich (2012) have noted that “research in transnational social fields would provide ways to articulate clearly and consistently in organisation theory the centrality of gender/sexuality/race/ethnicity/class relations invisibly sustaining modalities of neoliberal globalisation” (p. 424). The previous ideas raise important questions about the implications of the expansion of individuals, groups, corporations, and nation-states across transnational spaces and how institutional and structural power that creates dominant groups and relegates people to one category or another keeps shifting and changing over time and across geographies. Similarly, we should reflect on the role of nation/states on the intersection of axes of power; the temporality and scope of methods of inquiry used to explore intersectionality in transnational spaces, and the potential (re)formulation of the intersectionality discussion as a result of using a transnational feminist lens. Ultimately, we need to explore the interplay between intersectionality and transnational feminism in order to understand better how the simultaneity of processes that take place disrupts the bounded nation and which new transnational social spaces are created as a result (Calás & Smircich, 2012). In doing so, we need to look at what research methods and approaches seem more promising or are been used to explore these questions, in particular to address the ongoing challenge of the practical applications of intersectionality with an added complexity of transnational feminist approaches.

This stream invites conceptual, empirical, methodological and practice contributions that address the relationship between intersectionality and transnational feminist studies, globalisation, gender and work. Themes and questions of interest for this stream include, but are not limited to:

– Theorising the interplay between intersectionality and transnational feminism
– How do dynamics of transnationalism shape structures as part of economic activities, social networks, social and political life and gender systems and what is the impact on gender relations?
– Transnational feminist studies and their impact on work, organisation and organising
– Understanding the (re)construction of intersectional inequalities from a transnational feminist perspective
– Identity/ies work and identities and work as a result of processes of transnationalism
– Using a transnational feminist lens to explore national policies of identity regulation
– Transnational feminist analyses of trajectories of marginalisation
– Transnational feminist understandings of systems of stratification in different geographical spaces
– Transnational feminism and the exploration of the meanings of intersectionality within nations (global/macro-country levels)
– Transnational feminist analyses of institutionalisation of intersectional inequality (e.g., how processes of racialisation take place across geographies and how are they institutionalized)
– Transnational feminist analyses of organisations, work and management practices
– What research approaches and methods help study the complexity of shifting power relations and identities using intersectional and transnational feminist approaches?

As part of the proposed structure of the stream, we are seeking to finalise with a general session to reflect on what has been learned about the possibilities and challenges of bringing intersectionality and transnational feminist approaches to inform theory, research and practice on gender, work and organisations in the age of globalisation. The aim of this final session is to identify key learnings from the stream and new directions to continue (or not) bringing together these two important theoretical, research and practical advances in the study of gender and organisations. This final session will be chaired by the stream convenors and will consist of a conversation following a roundtable format with presenters from the stream as well as others in attendance to the conference who may wish to join us. If you would like to take part in this final session, please indicate so in a cover message with your abstract submission. Convenors also welcome contact from potential contributions ahead of abstract submission. You can get in touch with convenors at, and

Abstracts of approximately 500 words (ONE page, Word document NOT PDF, single spaced, excluding any references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 1st November 2013 with decisions on acceptance to be made by stream leaders by the 1st of December 2013. Prospective contributions will be independently refereed. New and early career scholars with ‘work in progress’ papers are welcomed. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. In the first instance, abstracts should be emailed to Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including your name, department, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. Please state the title of the stream to which you are submitting your abstract.


Calás, M. & Smircich, L. 2012. In the back and forth of transmigration: Rethinking OS in a Transnational Key. In E. Jeanes, D. Knights & P.Y. Martin (Eds), Handbook of Gender, Work and Organisation, London: Wiley, pp. 411-428.
Choo, H.Y. 2012. The Transnational Journey of Intersectionality. Gender & Society (Patricia Hills Collins Symposium), 26(1), pp. 40-45.
Davis, D. R. 2010. Unmirroring Pedagogies: Teaching with Intersectional and Transnational Methods in the Women and Gender Studies Classroom. Feminist Formations, 22(1), pp. 136-162.
Holvino, E. 2010. Intersections: the simultaneity of race, gender and class in organisation studies. Gender, Work & Organisation, 17(3), pp. 248-277.
Purkayastha, B. 2012. Intersectionality in a transnational world. Gender & Society (Patricia Hills Collins Symposium), 26(1), pp. 55-66.

One thought on “CFA: Gender and Globalisation: What do Intersectionality and Transnational Feminism contribute?

  1. I’m not sure I understand what the CFA is for. What is a “stream”? I understand that there will be a conference of sorts at the end of this “stream” – what is the date of that? Early career scholar, here, and this is unfamiliar to me as a kind of CFP. Thanks in advance.

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