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Human Relations 75th Anniversary Conference Call for Papers

  • 1.  Human Relations 75th Anniversary Conference Call for Papers

    Posted 05-23-2022 12:45

    Human Relations 75th Anniversary Conference

    London, UK

    19-21 April 2023


    Call for Papers

    Human Relations is an internationally renowned journal, known not only for its long and distinguished heritage in the scholarly analysis of social relations at work, but also for its continuing contributions to contemporary interdisciplinary scholarship within this broad field. In organizing the Human Relations 75th Anniversary Conference, to be held in London, UK, between 19th and 21st April 2023, we are seeking to celebrate the journal's heritage, as well as looking towards its future.

    The main purpose of the event is to bring together a diverse group of scholars who share an interest in social relations at work, broadly defined. As most of the conference will consist of paper presentations in streams convened by Associate Editors of Human Relations, we welcome a wide range of submissions that fall within the aims and scope of the journal.

    The conference will start with an opening ceremony in the early evening of Wednesday, 19th April. The keynote address and paper streams will be held at  Bayes Business School in central London on 20th and 21st April, with the keynote delivered jointly by Gianpiero and Jennifer Petriglieri. There will also be a conference dinner on 20th April 2023 (venue to be confirmed).


    Paper Submission Process

    Submissions should be extended abstracts of 500-750 maximum words on any aspect of social relations at work. There will be five parallel streams, each convened by two Associate Editors of the journal. Please note, conference attendees will have the option to move between streams should they wish.

    As a guide, below we have indicated some of the most likely topics for inclusion based around the interests of the AEs involved:


    Indicative Titles

    Identities and Employee Relations

    Work/non-work relationships and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Organizing and social relationships in non-traditional contexts

    Critique and contestation at Work

    Proactivity and job design in employment relations

    *(Further, more detailed stream information will follow prior to the submission deadline).


    Extended abstracts must be submitted between 1st August and 15th September 2022 via the conference web page. In the title page, abstracts should specify the following:


    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Institution
    • Doctoral student?
    • Title of paper
    • Preferred stream (accepted papers will be allocated to the stream that in the opinion of the conference organizers best fits with the interests of the convenors)

    Accept/reject decisions will be communicated to authors by early October 2022.

    Full papers (up to 40 pages maximum and formatted according to Human Relations requirements) must be submitted by 15th March 2023 for inclusion in the conference programme.

    Prices and Practical Arrangements

    In-person attendance at the conference, to include lunches and refreshments on 20/21 April 2023, along with access to the opening ceremony on 19 April and the conference dinner on 20 April, will cost:

    For places booked before 9 December 2022: £480

    For places booked from 10 December 2022: £600.

    Unfortunately, due to venue constraints, it will not be possible to present papers other than in person. However, it will be possible to view the conference proceedings online (in real time) for £60.00. We aim to offer a number of free online places to doctoral students (please note, proof of student status will be required).

    Accommodation is not included in the conference price, but there is a wide range of hotels as well as university accommodations in London, and guidance will be provided by the conference administrator.

    There will be a limited number of free in person conference places for doctoral students whose papers are accepted. We also hope to be able to offer a small number of bursaries to contribute to the travel and accommodation costs of doctoral students from universities in the Global South who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. All free in person places for doctoral students will be allocated on a competitive basis.

    Preliminary enquiries can be addressed to Leah Ashton-Hurst at the following email address:  l.ashton-hurst@tavinstitute.org


    Smriti Anand, PhD
    Co-Editor, Human Relations
    Associate Professor of Management
    Stuart School of Business | Illinois Institute of Technology
    565 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661
    Ph: 312-906-6583 | Fax: 312-906-6549 | Skype: sanand2002