CFP: Working as Equals

Submission deadline: November 1, 2020

Conference date(s):
June 2, 2021 - June 5, 2021

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Conference Venue:

Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California
Moraga, United States

Topic areas


If we’re equals, then how come you’re my boss? This question lies behind a growing wave of ethical criticism that is directed at hierarchical workplace structures and deploys various ideals of relational (or social) equality. Can workplace hierarchy be justified, and how can this justification be squared with the ideal of relating to each other as equals? The Working as Equals workshop seeks to illuminate the moral dimensions of today’s workplace relations. It also aims to bring into focus the promise and limitations of the relational turn in ethical theory, using the workplace as a lens. Topics of inquiry may include: relational egalitarian criticisms of workplace power and managerial techniques, the limits of the relational egalitarian diagnosis of the contemporary workplace, the connections between relational egalitarianism and other perspectives on workplace ethics (such as republican and contractualist views), the virtues and vices associated with respecting social equality in workplace contexts, developing and applying a relational egalitarian conception of workplace exploitation and privacy, and the moral problems posed by recent workplace developments such as the gig economy, automation, the use of people analytics, and working from home.

Submission Information: Send an abstract of no more than 1000 words addressing some aspect of the above workshop themes, prepared for anonymous review, to [email protected] by November 1, 2020. Program invitations will be sent by December 15, 2021.

Participant Information: Accepting a place on the program carries a commitment to sharing a full draft of your paper by April 15, 2021, providing comments on one other paper on the program, and submitting your paper to be reviewed for first publication in an edited volume or issue dedicated to the workshop proceedings. Program participants will be offered a travel stipend and lodging near the Saint Mary’s campus, thanks to the workshop co-sponsors, the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business (School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College of California) and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania).

We plan to hold the workshop in person at the Saint Mary's campus, but if pandemic conditions remain unsafe, we will plan a virtual version of the event. Registration will open after the workshop program is finalized in December.

Please direct questions to the conference organizers - Grant Rozeboom (Saint Mary's College of California) at [email protected] and Julian Jonker (Wharton School, UPenn) at [email protected]. Abstract submissions should only be sent to the workshop email address ([email protected]).

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