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Without Walls

Call for Papers

Theme: Without Walls
Subtitle: Affinity in Diversity
Type: 18th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations,
Communities and Nations
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, TX (USA)
Date: 6.–8.6.2018
Deadline: 6.5.2018

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations,
workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lighting
talks, virtual poster, or colloquia addressing one of the following

Theme 1: Identity and Belonging

Individuals ascribe meanings to their personae, or meanings are
ascribed to them by others and through processes of social
categorization. Sometimes these processes are classified as
exclusionary, either on a person to person affective basis, or
through systemic or structural exclusion—hence classifications such
as racism, sexism. At other times, inclusive remedies are prescribed
to the injustices of differences, including for instances equity,
access, multiculturalism, tolerance and recognition.

- Dimensions of individual differences (ethnicity, gender, race,
 socio-economic, indigenous, religion, sexual orientation,
- Cultural history, oral history and cultural ‘renaissance’
- Dynamics of diversity (inclusion, exclusion, assimilation,
 integration, pluralism)
- Social justice, injustice, and redress
- Media representations of identities or groups
- Intercultural relations
- Experiences with “the other” (tourism, travel, exchanges, aid
- Exclusionary ‘isms’: racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism,
 nationalism, capitalism
- The ‘-isms’ with agendas: feminism, anti-racism, multiculturalism,

Theme 2: Education and Learning in a World of Differences

The varied backgrounds and attributes of learners have an enormous
impact on their engagement with learning and their educational and
social outcomes. Learner differences cross dimensions that are
material (social class, geographical locale and family), corporeal
(age, race, sex and sexuality, and physical and mental capacities)
and symbolic (culture or ethnicity, language, gender, affinity and
persona). In this thematic area, we explore strategies for
negotiating these differences, from the microdynamics of pedagogy, to
the agendas of curriculum, the nuances of assessment, the
organizational structures of the educational institution and its
relations with the communities it services.

- Dimensions of individual differences in learning
- Inclusive education
- Educational policies and practices related to diversity
- Curricular and instructional frameworks for addressing diversity
- Educating teachers, administrators, community members in diversity
- The role of ethics in education
- Language diversity and learning new languages
- Service or experiential learning and intercultural understanding
- Multicultural, cross-cultural, international and global education

Theme 3: Organizational Diversity

‘Managing diversity’ has emerged as a distinct agenda in the business
and economics of diversity. This focus encompasses organizational
diversity in private, public, and community organizations, including
workplace culture, recruitment and promotion, human resource
development, team work and relationships with diverse clienteles.
Includes explorations of the impact of government and regulatory
policies on the workplace. Explores the local and global diversity,
as well as the full range of issues of diversity arising in
workplaces, from gender, to sexual orientation, to culture and
language, to disability.

- Management: employment policies and practices
- Beyond legislative and regulatory compliance: disabilities,
 workplace harassment, discrimination
- Design issues related to access and accommodation of diverse needs
- Mediation: cultural assumptions and practical outcomes
- Markets and diversity: niche markets, customization and service
- Leveling the playing field: global economics, fair trade,
 outsourcing, and equal opportunity

Theme 4: Community Diversity and Governance

This theme examines the processes of governance and democracy in
diverse communities. It explores the consequences of global human
movement (e.g., immigrants, refugees) on local communities, and the
development in response of multicultural policies and practices. It
also investigates community self-governance and community capacity

- Democracy and diversity: questions of representation and voice
- Defining human necessities and insuring access: housing, medicine,
 food, water
- Human rights, civil rights
- ‘Mainstreaming’ or ‘integration’ versus services based on unique
 cultural identities
- The politics of community leadership: challenges for local
- The globalization of human rights and local sovereignty

Special Focus: Without Walls: Affinity in Diversity

Individuals ascribe meanings to their personae, or meanings are
ascribed to them by others through processes of social
categorization. Sometimes these processes produce the effect of
exclusion, either on a person-to-person affective basis, or through
systemic or structural exclusion—hence classifications such as
racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and classism. At other times,
inclusive remedies are prescribed to injustices of difference,
including equity, access, multiculturalism, tolerance, and
recognition, for instance. “Affinity in Diversity” raises a strategic
question: how, in our current social conditions, do we address
demands to reconsider the boundaries of individual and social

Important Dates

We welcome the submission of presentation proposals at any time of
the year up until 30 days before the start of the conference. All
proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.


University of Texas at Austin
Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712

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