Feminist Theories and Organization Studies: Dialogue on New Bases

Time & place: June 9-11, 2021, University of Lapland, Pyhätunturi, Finnish Lapland

Learning goal and objectives

This course focuses on contemporary feminist theoretical debates in the field of organization and management studies. The aim is to enable students to develop a critical appreciation of different feminist approaches to the study of organization, organizing and social relations at work. During the course, central feminist theories will be scrutinized to see how they are able to theorize power differences and processes of inclusion and exclusion, discrimination, and emancipation in contemporary organizations. To address and challenge inequalities in organizations students will be acquainted with new theorizing on connections between contemporary feminisms and different forms of ethics, including moralities, which are based on affective solidarity, ethics of care and recognition based ethics.

After completing the course, students are better able to

  • create dialogues and comparisons between different streams of feminist theorizing in the field of management and organization studies
  • analyse power differences and processes of inclusion and exclusion, discrimination, and emancipation in contemporary organizations
  • generate interesting and innovative research questions within the framework of current feminist debates
  • handle theoretical topics orally and in a written form, at a level appropriate for a doctoral student

Instruction and examination

The students will write a 10-15-page final research report and submit it one month after the intensive course. Active participation in discussions during the intensive 3-day period is expected.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: Five-level grading scale (0-5): sufficient, satisfactory, good, very good, or excellent. The instructor of the course makes the evaluation based on the final research report written after the course.

Prerequisits: Required readings. Students are required to read all the assigned journal articles (ca. 10-15) and submit a 1-page summary report of each article before the course. This course will hinge on students engagement with the readings and the ideas they put forward. Students’ contribution is indispensible for a dynamic collective learning experience.

Admittance: Maximum number of participants is 25 (10 places available for new applicants). Deadline for course applications: the 28th of February, 2021. Applications should be sent by email to the course coordinator: Pauliina Jääskeläinen ( pauliina.jaaskelainen@ulapland.fi) Students will be notified of acceptance the 12th of March, 2020.


Susan Meriläinen, professor, University of Lapland
Alison Pullen, professor, Macquarie University, Australia
Janne Tienari, professor, Hanken and Anu Valtonen, professor, University of Lapland (guest lecturers)

Course coordinator and contact information: Pauliina Jääskeläinen pauliina.jaaskelainen@ulapland.fi

Course application template:
University, faculty and department :
Officially accepted as Ph.D. student (when and where?):
Are you a member of a graduate school, where?:
Completed methodology studies:
Research field:
Subject or title of dissertation:
Methodological approach of the study:
Phase of the dissertation (do you have own empirical data, have you analyzed it and if yes, how?):
Summary of the objectives, research questions and methodologies (approx. 500 words):
Your own objectives for participating the course: