International Conference on Gender, Work and Society

Top Pakistani university LUMS calls for paper on gender.

The Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC), at the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), promotes high-quality research, praxis and public policy dialogue to promote gender equality. To that end, we are putting forth this call for papers for our upcoming international conference titled ‘Gender, Work and Society: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ in South Asia and beyond to be held at LUMS in Lahore on April 22-23, 2017.


Women constitute roughly half of our population yet face unequal opportunities in access to social services, employment, judicial justice, political office and even public space. At the same time, millions of donor dollars are spent annually on gender equity enhancement programs and public policy debates vigorously take up the cause of gender justice.

Our focus at this interdisciplinary conference is on women’s economic participation and how patriarchal norms, social movements and globalization affect women’s economic opportunities, and whether this actually translates into enhanced agency. The conference aims to bring together scholarship problematizing women’s work, within and outside the household, in particular social, economic, political and historical contexts. The conference will present an interdisciplinary platform for participants to analyze and critique recent trends, innovations, and conditions related to gender, work and society, broadly defined. We invite full papers, developing papers and cases. The conference is supported by the South Asian Academy of Management (SAAM).

The conference aims to highlight both scholarship and praxis around gender, work and society. The submissions should therefore be broadly within this field of research and analysis. Themes can include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Critical approaches to understanding how and why we ‘do gender’
  2. Gender, class and social movements
  3. Education and employment – connecting the missing dots
  4. Gender disparities in health and nutrition
  5. Women in sweatshops and the global supply chain
  6. Sexual harassment at the workplace
  7. Women entrepreneurship: challenges, opportunities and critiques
  8. Opportunities and limits of home based work as an emancipator
  9. Violence, work and public space
  10. Gender, power and global justice networks
  11. The politics and praxis of donor funded ‘gender mainstreaming’ and development

Best Paper Awards will be presented during the conference.


Professor Edwina Pio (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)


Dr. Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)

Dr. Misbah Tanveer Choudhry (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)

Dr. Faiza Ali (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)


  1. The submitted paper/case (including title, abstract, main text, figures, tables, exhibits, references, etc.) should be saved in MS Word format.
  2. To facilitate the blind review process, please remove ALL authors’ identifying information including authors’ names, affiliation, email address and acknowledgements from the main file, including document/file properties. Author information and acknowledgements should be provided on a SEPARATE document.
  3. Font should be Times New Roman 12-pitch font, double spaced.
  4. All pages should be numbered.

Please send your full papers (5000 to 8000 words), developing papers (1000 to 3000 words) or cases (2000-5000 words) via email to by December 31st, 2016. Presenters shall receive notification of the decision by 15th January 2017.

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