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Cape Town
22 - 24 July 2022

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Conference theme 2022: Disruption

Call for Stream and Workshop Proposals

Deadline: December 31, 2021


The EDI Conference is pleased to welcome a wide range of streams about the complex relationships between equality, diversity, and inclusion, from different theoretical, empirical, and methodological angles, as well as across various trans/inter/national and disciplinary contexts.

In 2022, we would like to draw particular attention to the concept of Disruption. Collins’ dictionary defines disruption as an action through which “an event, system, or process is prevented from continuing or operating in a normal way” ( It reflects the negative connotation often associated with the term: Disruption upsets the status quo, it creates ‘abnormality’ and tends to be highly uncomfortable for all involved. Yet, disruptions have also created substantial progress in creating greater inclusion and equality. Over the course of the 21st century, for example, disruption has led to a questioning of who defines what is ‘normal’ culminating in redefinitions of what is seen as normal. Disruptive practices, such as the #BlackLivesMatter movement or Fridays for Future, have made it less possible to ignore topics important to ‘disruptors’. They have highlighted exclusionary practices towards those who have historically been on the margins, not just in relation to race or ethnicity, but also, for example, by redefining gender from categorical to fluid. In a different way, the Covid-19 pandemic has created the most widespread and fundamental disruption in this century yet, leading to substantial and rapid changes in almost all aspects of life for people across the world. Many workplace norms shifted radically overnight. The rise in remote working arrangements means that many have been able to save on their commute for work purposes, for example, while it has also blurred further boundaries between life domains. In the EDI 2022 conference, we seek to surface different forms of disruptions and their impact on work, employment and management practices. We want to shed light on both, what is gained and what is lost through different forms of disruption – as well as how to leverage opportunities which disruptions present.


Possible streams and workshop proposals could include but are not limited to:


- The role of disruption in the formal and informal work sector

- Disruption and mental health

- Opportunities and challenges of technological disruptions for equality, diversity and inclusion

- How to make use of disruptive practices for greater equality, diversity and inclusion

- Disruption: temporary or permanent changes?


Against this backdrop, we encourage stream proposals and workshop proposals that examine issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, from a standpoint of disruption. Proposals can focus on single facets of EDI and/or disruption, as well as on broader concepts.

The focus on disruption presented here is, however, in no way intended to impose limits on stream themes and approaches. You are invited to submit stream and workshop proposals that adhere to the theme of this particular conference, but also proposals outside this theme, within the broad remit of the EDI conference. Aside from organizational perspectives on workplace-related questions, we welcome proposals on equality, diversity and inclusion-related issues within communities, cities, regions, nations, and societies.

Streams are envisaged as following a traditional academic format, whereas workshops are open to more unconventional and informal procedures.

Stream chairs and workshop chairs will receive a reduction of 50% on the conference fees. Each stream or workshop may have up to three chairs.

There will be a doctoral colloquium parallel to the conference. Information on deadlines and modes of submission are available on the EDI website, or see below.


Publication partnerships of EDI 2022 Cape Town conference


Associated with this conference are European Management Review; Equality, Diversity, Inclusion: An International Journal, and International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation edited by Ines Meyer. Outstanding, pre-selected papers for the conference will be submitted to these journals, which will then process them, according to their usual standards.

We are also pleased to advise stream organizers that two series of books are also associated with the conference, “International Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion” (an ongoing book series from Emerald), edited by Mustafa Özbilgin and Jean-François Chanlat, and “Diversity and Inclusion Research” (a new book series from Springer), edited by Thomas Köllen. Relevant stream proposals will be eligible for these book series, subject to acceptance by the respective editors.


Deadlines of stream proposals and workshops


Stream and workshop proposals should be submitted to the conference chairs on These should reach her no later than December 31, 2021.

Decisions regarding streams/workshops and the launch of the call for papers will take place by 15 January 2022.


Indicative framework for the processing of papers by stream chairs


Submissions to the conference may be in the form of long abstracts (5 pages minimum; length to be specified by stream and workshop chairs), as well as full papers, by the deadline of March 15, 2022. All submissions will be subjected to peer review, organized by stream chairs, with two referees for each paper. The deadline for feedback to authors about paper acceptance or rejection is 30 April 2022.


Each stream chair is also requested to submit a nomination for the best paper in their stream to by 30 April 2022.

Conference organisers and stream chairs have no influence on the review process of best papers submitted to partner journals. Publication decisions are made solely by the chief editor of the relevant journal and follow the journal’s review guidelines.