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The 2023 Gender, Work and Organization (GWO) conference will be hosted for the first time on African shores at Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference theme is Marginalised gender identities – how can intellectual activism transform work and organization? Read more about the conference theme here. Marginalized gender identities include women, the LGBTQ+ community, and non-normative heterosexual men, which further intersect with race, ethnicity, religionclassbodily and cognitive ability, nationalitygeospatial and socioeconomic origin or placement, educational background, and job type.

Launched in 1994, Gender, Work and Organization was the first journal to provide an arena dedicated to debate and analysis of gender relations, the organisation of gender and the gendering of organisations. GWO provides an international forum for debate and analysis of contemporary issues affecting gender studies at work, in organizing work, and in jobs. In 2021, the GWO conference at Kent University, United Kingdom attracted in excess 600 international scholars from over 30 nations, which was followed by the 2022 conference in Bogota, Columbia.


The #GWO2023 will be predominantly in-person, but there will be an option for online attendance. Keynotes will be delivered in a hybrid format and majority of the streams as well as the collaborative events will be held in-person. Collaborative events will bring about an opportunity to network and collaborate with academic peers on various topics and put into action the many valuable discussions that will be taking place at #GWO2023. The collaborative will incorporate arts, crafts, the African experience – making it colourful and inclusive for all. An in-person connection post-pandemic, to Africa’s leading destination filled with vibrance, diversity and attractions galore.



We are in the process of finalizing the #GWO2023 Conference Fees. Once it has been finalized and posted onto the website, you will be notified. We understand the delay in applications for conference funding and will provide you with this information soonest.

We are working around the clock to provide each delegate with various budget-friendly accommodation options for your stay in Stellenbosch, making the low exchange rate work FOR you.

GWO2023 in Stellenbosch is an in-person conference with very limited online streams, depending on feasibility.

Date: 28 June 2023 – 30 June 2023

Click here for the GWO2023 Conference Summary

The call for abstracts/papers is currently open for submissions.

GWO2023 Conference Streams: Please click on the relevant stream below for more information

  1. Activist shareholders as change agents: Enhancing corporate sustainability and board inclusivity
  2. Challenges and opportunities: DEI regression/s and the new world of work
  3. Collective mobilization for pathways to more Inclusive Human Resource management practices in emerging and developing economies
  4. Exploring leadership through the lens of ‘whiteness’ and intersectionality
  5. Decolonial activism: Pluriversal strategies and possibilities for organizing/strategizing/alliancing ‘otherwise’ in work and organizations
  6. Feminisms from the margins in work and organizations: Intellectual insurgencies to achieve social justice
  7. Feminist intersectional entrepreneurship: Marginalized identities in post-pandemic times
  8. From Africa to Latin America Women Entrepreneurship Nervous Condition: The feminist challenge of colonialism, poverty & freedom in the developing world, a new movement?
  9. Gender and health at work
  10. Gender and Higher Education management in times of crisis
  11. Gendered visible and invisible inequalities in the Middle East
  12. Intellectual activism beyond the species border: illuminating gender-species intersectionality and non-human animals as gendered individuals
  13. Intersectional equality in academia: Voice and silence
  14. Leading meaningful social change
  15. Let’s do THIS for Inclusion: Transformation, Humanistic management, Intellectual activism, Social sustainability
  16. Men in focus – exploring homosocial cultures and sexual harassment in organizations
  17. Queer(ing) activism in organizations: Voicing experiences of queer bodies, allyship, and alliances across intersectional marginalization
  18. Silence, sexism, and gender-washing in academia and beyond
  19. Tensions in technology: Solutions for marginalized work-life issues
  20. The impact of algorithmic decision-making on marginalized gender identities
  21. Vibrant matter for un-doing marginalization
  22. Women Entrepreneurship: Sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the Global South post-Covid-19 pandemic
  23. Open/General Stream


Please click to the following link to submit your abstracts/papers: GWO2023 Conference Abstracts/Paper Submissions

For more information regarding submissions

GWO2023 Key Dates:

  • 15 August 2022 : Submission of stream and collaborative events proposals deadline
  • September 2022: Call for papers and abstracts
  • 21 November 2022: Submission of papers and abstracts deadline
  • 5 December 2022: Confirmation of acceptance of papers announced
  • 28 – 30 June 2023: GWO2023 International Interdisciplinary Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Enquiries and other information

  • Informal enquiries regarding proposals and the call for papers, can be directed to Anita Bosch, Ameeta Jaga, Faith Ngunjiri, and Nasima Carrim at [email protected].
  • After exhausting your own networks, should you require assistance in identifying a stream partner in another country, please let us know so that we can circulate a call for interested partners.
  • Enquiries regarding the conference organization can be made to the Stellenbosch Business School at [email protected]

For all other enquiries, please contact the conference organizers at [email protected]

Keynote speaker information:

Judge Edwin Cameron

Chancellor: Stellenbosch University







Edwin Cameron (born 15 February 1953 in Pretoria) is a retired judge who served as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is well known for his HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism and was hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes”. President Ramaphosa appointed him as Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services from January 2020 and in October 2019 he was elected Chancellor of Stellenbosch University.

“I’m inspired daily by the idea that each of us can, practically and beneficially, make a difference to our own lives and the lives of others.”

Justice Edwin Cameron is widely recognised for his brilliance and his commitment to human rights and social justice and is considered one of South Africa’s most prominent and distinguished judicial figures.

An alumnus of Stellenbosch University (SU), and a recipient of an honorary doctorate from this institution for his “unstinting professional and personal advocacy for the recognition of every person’s dignity, freedom and equality”, Cameron is the 15th Chancellor of SU.

As the first South African in a high-profile public office speaking openly about his HIV status and experience taking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), Cameron has made a credible and crucial contribution to more accessible ARV treatment for all South Africans living with HIV.

His international impact as top jurist with nearly 200 published judgments against his name, acclaimed author and popular speaker is evident from the numerous awards and distinctions he has received, among them the Nelson Mandela award. Other accolades include recognition by the Bar of England and Wales for his contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights, and the prestigious Grand Prix du Conseil Québécois des Gais et Lesbiennes award bestowed on him in Montreal.

His approach to handling difficult situations is premised on two principles that he holds dear: integrity and preparation. He has helped develop South African law so as to truly reflect the fundamental values of the Constitution and is a key player in South African and international law.

Professor Philomena Essed

Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Leadership Studies

Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Ohio, USA






Philomena Essed is a professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Leadership Studies at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change and an affiliated researcher for Utrecht University’s Graduate Gender program. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Pretoria (2011) and Ume University (2015).

As an expert witness on race, gender and racism in Europe she presented among others at The European Parliament (Brussels, 1984); The United Nations Economic and Social Council (New York, 2001); The House of Representatives of the States-General (The Hague, the Netherlands, 2004); the United States Helsinki Commission (Capitol Hill, Washington, 2008) and the EU Parliament hearing on Afrophobia (Brussels, 2014).Well known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism and gendered racism in the Netherlands and internationally, she also pioneered in developing theory on social and cultural cloning in the early 2000s.

Her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and Australia. Prof Essed has a lifelong commitment to social justice with a current focus on dignity and ethics of care as experience and practice in leading change. She has also been Deputy Member of The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, where she served as a panel member in hearings on structural discrimination, including race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, and disability (2004-2016).

In 2011 The Queen of the Netherlands honoured her with a Knighthood.

Professor Amina Mama

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

University of California, Davis, USA

Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, University of Ghana








Known as a transdisciplinary feminist, rooted in transnational and intersectional analytics, Prof Amina Mama currently holds the 4th Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies at the University of Ghana, together with her position at the University of California, Davis. At the University of Cape Town, she became the director of the African Gender Institute (AGI) and helped to found its journal Feminist Africa. Mama remains the editor of Feminist Africa. Prof Mama revitalized and transformed one of the oldest women’s studies programs in the United States to a full Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Professor Mama became Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership at Mills—the first person to hold this position. She co-taught a class on topics concerning African and African-American women, including gender roles, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and militarism. Mama is the Chair of the board of directors for the Global Fund for Women, and advises several other international organisations. She has sat on the board of directors of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Prof Mama serves on the advisory board for the feminist academic journals Meridians and Signs. One of her best known works is Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity. In 2010, she co-produced the movie The Witches of Gambaga with Yaba Badoe.

Native to Nigeria, Prof Mama has always sought to seek opportunities for rigorous collaborative intellectual work on academic, policy, and research projects about the socio-political transformation of women’s lives.

Professor Dorrit Posel

School of Economics and Finance, Feminist Economist

Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, SA









Dorrit (Dori) Posel specialises in applied micro-economic research, exploring the interface between households and labour markets. Dori is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, a fellow of the Centre of Excellence in Human Development, and an associate editor of the journal Feminist Economics. She has published widely on issues related to marriage and family formation, labour migration, labour force participation and the gender division of labour, the economics and demographics of language use, and measures of well-being.

From 2007 to 2015, Dori held an NRF/DST Research Chair in economic development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). In 2016, she moved to the University of the Witwatersrand as a distinguished professor and to take up the Helen Suzman chair.

Professor Kopano Ratele
Professor of Psychology
Stellenbosch University, South Africa









Professor Ratele is a South African psychologist and men and masculinities studies scholar. His work revolves around two nodes: critical men and masculinity studies on one hand, and critical and cultural African psychological studies on the other. Much of his thinking, writing, research, and public engagement activities directly or indirectly flow out of and into these two fields of enquiry.

Prof Ratele is passionate about the dissemination of scholarly work via non-academic channels such as the print and broadcast media, a documentary film, short videos. He used to co-host a weekly radio show on Cape Talk called ‘Cape Dads’ with Koketso Sachane and Mbuyiselo Botha. His scholarship has enabled him to fill many roles including being able to serve as a member of the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in South African Universities, convener of the National Research Foundation’s Specialist Committee for Psychology Rating Panel, president of the Psychological Society of South Africa, and former chairperson of Sonke Gender Justice.

GWO2023 Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Stellenbosch University which is located in Stellenbosch, 40 minutes outside Cape Town.

Main Airport:

Cape Town International Airport is the main port of entry for local and international delegates. The airport is an approximately 30 – 40 minutes’ drive to Stellenbosch. Please do factor in additional time if you are travelling during morning rush hour (roughly between 7 – 9am) or afternoon traffic (generally between 4 – 6pm). Travel time could then take anything from 30 to 90 minutes.

Cape Town International Airport offers direct flights from London, Europe, USA and Dubai. The rest of the African continent, India, South America, China, and Australia have connecting flights to Cape Town through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

About Stellenbosch Town:















Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa and is known for its natural beauty and oak-lined avenues, Cape Dutch architecture, history and culture and, of course, its wine routes.

Stellies – as it’s affectionately known – is a university town, so despite its heritage it retains a youthful vibe. Surrounded by wine farms, the town is abuzz with hotels, wine shops, cafés, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums. It’s quite small, so park your car and wander around on foot.

The Stellenbosch Wine Routes – the largest and oldest in the country – encompass more than 200 wine and grape producers in the region, which are divided into five sub-routes: Greater Simonsberg, Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch Valley, Stellenbosch Berg and Helderberg, each with unique wines, climates and charm.







For more information on what to do in Stellenbosch, visit the official Stellenbosch Tourism website.

Your visit to South Africa:

We encourage you to extend your stay. Stellenbosch forms part of the bigger Cape Town area which boasts a host of exciting things to do. Cape Town, colloquially named the Mother City in South Africa, is known for its gastronomy and natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region and landmarks such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, and Robben Island. There are many other parts of the country to visit too including major cities including Johannesburg, Durban and Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth).











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