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Special Issue call for papers: Solidarity in Difference. Challenges, achievements and emerging imaginaries

Organizing Solidarity in Difference. Challenges, achievements and emerging imaginaries

Guest Editors:
Alexander Fleischmann, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Lotte Holck, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Annalisa Murgia, University of Milan, Italy
Sara Louise Muhr, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Helena Liu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

This Special Issue seeks empirically grounded, conceptual and methodological contributions that address these various strands to initiate a debate on the im/possibilities for solidarity in relation to difference based on, e.g., gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, class, dis/ability, religion, age and their intersections. Hence, the submissions might explore the possibilities for solidarity within organizations, the practices connected to it and contribute to a general understanding of the relation between solidarity and difference, looking at questioning, reconceptualizing, reinventing and reinvigorating the very concept of solidarity in organizational studies – and bringing it back to the center of an alternative, politicised epistemology. This also implies, as feminist, queer and decolonial critiques have shown, to question who is and has been a viable subject to be in solidarity with (Dhawan et al., 2015; Mohanty, 2003). We also
welcome contributions that question the phantasmatic utopia/dystopia – present also in this Call for Papers – of organizing the social through solidarity and difference. And, last but not least, when discussing the concept of solidarity, it is also paramount to interrogate ourselves on how and to what extent, as academics, we practice solidarity in our everyday organizational life and research practices (Contu, 2018; Esper et al., 2017; Routledge and Discroll Derickson, 2015).

Accordingly, we encourage contributions to the following topics and are grateful for additional perspectives:

  • Solidarity with whom? Questions of inclusion and exclusion
  • Feminist, decolonial and queer possibilities for and contestations of solidarity
  • Solidarity and difference in relation to equality or justice
  • Solidarity as group-thinking vs. solidarity with the ‘absolute’ other?
  • Solidarity as a tool of management, its governmentality and relation to normative control
  • Solidarity in the on-demand and gig economies
  • Solidarity in alternative economies
  • Solidarity and workers’ organizing in times of precariousness and fragmentation
  • Solidarity on the meso-level of organizations in light of current challenges to welfare states
  • Solidarity on the micro-level in relation to intra and inter group interactions
  • Solidarity and forms of organizational micro- and macro-emancipation
  • Solidarity and the re-emergence of collective identities
  • Solidarity as academic practice