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The 2023 Gender, Work and Organization (GWO) conference will be hosted for the first time on African shores in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference theme is Marginalised gender identities – how can intellectual activism transform work and organization? 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.

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

The deadline for stream proposals has been extended to 15 August 2022


Date: 28 June 2023 – 30 June 2023

Call for streams and collaborative events

The deadline for stream and collaborative events proposals has been extended to 15 August 2022



GWO2023 Key Dates:

  • 15 August 2022 : Submission of stream and collaborative events proposals deadline
  • End of August 2022: Call for papers and abstracts
  • 7 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 Cape Town, South Africa
click here to upload a stream proposalclick here to upload a Collaborative Event Proposal

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]za

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


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 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 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).











Join us and keep an eye out for updated information on conference social media platforms:

Twitter: @GWO2023_CT

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