BAM Gender in Management SIG in collaboration with ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network, 27-28 April, University of Loughborough – London (Stratford) Campus


BAM Joint Event
BAM Gender in Management SIG in collaboration with ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network
Think-Space for Gender Theory: Considering a Critical Realist (Rather Than Social Constructionist) Approach To Gender Research
University of Loughborough – London (Stratford) campus
27-28 April 2017
(starting 10.00Hrs on 27 April, finishing 15.30Hrs on 28 April)

Social constructionism undoubtedly advanced thinking about gender. Recently, however, researchers have asked if social constructionism gives a full account of gendering. Critical questions include:

  • If gender has nothing to do with the body, how do we honour and account for physiological capacities exclusive to people with female reproductive organs like pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause?
  • If the body is taboo due to an ontology that centres discourse, how do we talk about bodily implications of gender oppression like pain and violence and material inequalities?
  • If ‘women’ is a discursive category devised to oppress, how can we speak of women’s interests and solidarity?
  • How do we conceptualise and account for the experiences of transgender, agender, nonbinary people and cis women (assigned female at birth) without acknowledging the body as well as social processes?
  • If we are all produced by society’s discourses, how do we theorise women’s agency and a process of emancipation?

In this 2 day ‘Think Space’ the BAM Gender in Management SIG and ISBE’s Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) encourage an inter-disciplinary audience to take as their springboard a recent Special Issue in the Journal of Critical Realism on gender theory. We aim to:

  • Introduce critical realism to gender researchers
    2. Support constructive debate about the value of critical realism in comparison to social constructionism as an ontology for gender research
    3. Begin to work with critical realism to think about feminist methodologies/themes
    4. Explore the implications of applying critical realism to Bourdieu’s theory of practice


  • Dr Angela Martinez Dy
  • Prof Julia Rouse
  • Prof John Kitching
  • Dr Michiel Van Ingen
  • Dr Elina Meliou
  • Dr Helen Mussell
  • Dr Dave Elder-Vass

Event Fee

  • BAM/ISBE Member– £100 (incl. dinner)/ £75  (excl. dinner)
  • Student BAM/ISBE Members– £80 (incl. dinner)/ £55 (excl. dinner)
  • Non- BAM/ISBE Member– £155 (incl. dinner)/ 130 (excl. dinner)
  • Non- BAM/ISBE Student Member– £100 (incl. dinner)/ £75 (excl. dinner)
  • ECRs who would like to attend but cannot gain support from their institution should contact us. Contact details are included at the end of this message.

Additional Information

We are not offering a day rate as we would like to encourage full participation in the 2-day Think Space.

Early Career Researchers who can provide evidence that they are unable to gain institutional support to attend are invited to contact BAM to discuss whether payment of the doctoral fee might be a possibility.


We encourage registration from a range of disciplines and plan to create a space where researchers can consider the implications of critical realism for working for their own research and within or across their disciplinary boundaries.

BAM Members: Log into your account and proceed with the registration for the event.

Non-BAM Members (including ISBE Members): Please follow the steps below:

  1. Create a Non-BAM Member Account at Stay Informed.
  2. Complete your registration by emailing Oana at calling the BAM office on 020 7383 7770.

If you are not a BAM member and would like to join BAM or find out more about the benefits of being a BAM member, please go to

Benefits of Attendance

– Deepening your thinking about the ontology of gender and, in particular, exploring critical realism
– Considering how critical realism relates to social theories such as Bourdieu’s theory of practice and to feminist methodologies and themes
– Engage in-depth with a friendly, inter-disciplinary audience

Event location

Loughborough University London
3 Lesney Avenue
The Broadcast Centre
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London E15 2G, UK


Nearest hotels are Premier Inn Stratford City, Staybridge Suites Westfield or Holiday Inn Stratford City. There are also a number of other hotels on Stratford High Street (Travelodge, another Holiday Inn, and The Westbridge).

Travel Information

BY TUBE: Take the Central Line to Stratford and then walk through the shopping centre to the Waitrose side. You can take the BT Shuttle for free from outside Stratford International by waiting at the lay-by/taxi rank in front of the Premier Inn Stratford City. It comes every 5 mins or so. SEE MAP.

BY BUS: We are at the Here East stop on bus line 388.

BY RAIL: Take the Javelin high speed train from St Pancras 1 stop to Stratford International. This costs about £7 for an anytime round trip ticket


For specific information about this event please contact the workshop facilitator(s): Dr Angela Martinez Dy at

For general enquiries please contact Oana Mihut at the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at



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