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Call for Abstracts – Paper Development Workshop: Polycrisis & Precarity

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Call for Abstracts – Paper Development Workshop for a SPECIAL ISSUE OF JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS

Polycrisis & Precarity: Understanding the Lived Experience of Workers

The world in which businesspeople work is one of polycrisis: an unprecedented multitude of cascading and interrelated challenges confront humanity and our planet. Amid polycrisis, lived experience becomes likely to reflect the precarity that existentialist philosophers have long considered the fundamental nature of the human condition.

We are calling for papers that take as their starting point the individual worker’s situatedness within polycrisis. The aim is to kickstart a stream of business ethics scholarship that speaks to how moral agency can thrive despite the threats entailed in polycrisis. We seek papers that draw from (1) existentialist and other philosophical perspectives, (2) literary fiction and criticism, or (3) that use other conceptual and empirical methods to understand individual workers’ ways of coping with and confronting polycrisis.

The full call for the Special Issue (deadline 1 May 2025) is here:

PAPER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP (abstracts due 31 May 2024):

We invite ideas for papers to be submitted to a workshop that will be held on 25 June 2024 at 11:00 ET (17:00 CET). The workshop will take place over two hours and will involve the special issue editors communicating about the aims of the issue and giving feedback on participants’ ideas for papers.

Authors are encouraged to submit an abstract of up to 1000 words by making use of this Google Form. Note that you need to be logged into a Google account to complete this form.

The abstract should clearly indicate the main argument, the literatures that the piece intends to contribute to, and how it fits within the aim of the Special Issue.

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2024, and authors will be notified of acceptance to the workshop by Friday, 7 June 2024.

Further information: Helet Botha –
Special Issue Editors: Helet Botha (University of Michigan-Dearborn), Wim Vandekerckhove (EDHEC Business School), R. Edward Freeman (University of Virginia), Christopher Wong Michaelson (University of St. Thomas)