CfP, „Beyond the glass ceiling? Women professors between recognition and marginalization“ at GWO Conference, June 13-16, 2018

Dear colleagues,

please find our Call for Papers concerning a stream at the Gender, Work and Organization conference in Sydney, June  13-16, 2018.

The stream “Beyond the glass ceiling? Women professors between recognition and marginalization” aims at bringing together theoretically informed case studies and theoretical reflexions on issues related to women professors in different countries (see below and the attachment for further details).

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Because of the time difference, it may be wise to submit by October, 31.

You’ll find general information on the conference at

Please feel free to circulate the call widely!

Best regards

Tanja Paulitz (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

Leonie Wagner (HAWK HHG, Germany)

Gülsün Sağlamer (European Women Rectors Association)

Anne Dölemeyer (HAWK HHG, Germany)

Stephanie Braukmann (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

Andrea Neugebauer (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

About the stream

While gender in the field of academia seems to be a fairly well-researched topic, little is known so far about how women professors experience the academic struggles for prestigious positions within the field. What is their position within academia when they become established and thus have managed to move beyond the glass ceiling?

Based on this leading question, we invite contributions that help to fill the gap with case studies and/or theoretical reflections from different national contexts, with respect to various disciplines, theoretical angles, and different kinds of academic institutions (all kinds of “universities”/institutions of higher education as well as research organizations in the respective nation states). In this spirit, we invite both theoretical and theoretically- informed empirical contributions that include but are not limited to the following questions:

  • Which power mechanisms keep women from climbing up the career ladder in universities and research organizations after they have reached positions that include the promise to be a serious player in the power games?
  • How do women professors face organizational and/or more informal mechanisms of marginalization?
  • What are their strategies to cope with marginalization and/or to mobilize resources in order to gain recognition, become a powerful player, and meaningfully participate in shaping the academia (and to effect organizational change)?
  • Which gendered practices in the construction of scientific excellence can be identified that legitimate inequality in academic leadership?
  • Through which mechanisms do different national academic systems support women in attaining tenure, becoming visible, and moving up to academic leadership positions?

We conceive of this conference stream as an opportunity to open the discussion to a broader international perspective and therefore invite contributions that already take on a comparative perspective as well as by bringing together single case studies. Finally, we hope that the stream provides a point of departure for further collaborations.