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Call for Papers | Debating Black Slavery in Management and Organizational Studies

Submitted by AFAM on Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:31pm


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Debating black slavery in Management and Organization Studies from decolonial and aphrodiaspora perspectives


Deadline for submissions extended to February 28, 2022


Guest Editors

Prof. Cintia Cristina Silva de Araujo

Foundation Institute of Accounting,
Actuarial and Financial Research – FIPECAFI (Brazil)

Prof. Alexandre Faria
Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV EBAPE (Brazil)

Prof. Jair N. Santos
Salvador University – UNIFACS (Brazil)
Bahia State University – UNEB (Brazil)

Prof. Nidhi Srinivas
The New School (United States)




Western institutions report that more than 30 million people in the contemporary world system can reasonably be described as slaves (International Labor Organization [ILO], 2012), and this number has increased dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic and the consolidation of 'slavery modern' from a managerial perspective - “it was, is and will probably continue to be a business” involving victims, exploiters, large corporations and consumers” (Michaloiva, 2020). An 'umbrella' term that has been contested by many, and which includes slavery, human trafficking, forced labor, slavery-like labor and other forms of exploitation (Kara, 2017), modern slavery, has been institutionalized in the global North as an issue emerging from contemporary capitalism (Bales, 2005) and therefore

The US-led field of Management and Organizational Studies (EGO) reaffirms the dominant and enduring idea in the US and other Western countries (Baptist, 2016) that black slavery is a matter of the past with remnants lingering in the late South In contrast, decolonial and aphrodiaspora perspectives from the South and the North, incorporating epistemologies and cosmologies of black slavery, frame 'modern' slavery as a changing continuation of the  longue durée of colonial/racial/patriarchal slave capitalism inaugurated in the 16th century with the 'discovery' of the Americas by Eurocentric conquerors/discoverers (Marable, 2015; Mignolo, 2011). Modern slavery as a 'management problem' emerges in the North in conjunction with the resurgence of movements of de-occidentalization, decolonization and deracialization on a global scale, accompanied by counter-movements and renewed alternatives and increasingly radical dynamics of expropriation against the 'other invaders' alike. in the North and in the South (Stoler, 2017). The denial of slavery/enslavement as constitutive of modern management and organizations, of an increasingly heterogeneous, discriminatory and unequal Global North (Boatca, 2015) is cited by critical authors (Cooke, 2004), aphrodiasporic voices in general (Nkomo,

A growing 'global' Northern EGO literature on modern slavery denies these contributions by embracing a renewed 'managerial' agenda on sustainable development and human rights (Voss et al., 2019), which frames modern slavery as a contingent administrative problem for organizations and supply chains that is triggered by the globalization of modern capitalism in crisis (Gold, Trautrims & Trodd, 2015; New, 2015). This managerial agenda that embodies contested claims of Western/North civilizational superiority over the 'rest of the world' (Davis, 2011; Gonzalez, 2020; Wynter, 2003) has been presented by North Atlantic research institutions shaping de-westernized re-articulations of debates, universalist agendas, narratives and policies (Bales, 2005). In our opinion, the 'globalization' of modern slavery puts a growing, heterogeneous and unequal population of the enslaved and the planet at risk by denying the constitutive relationship between capitalism and black slavery highlighted by decolonial and Aphrodiaspora literature. After all, it is a mere coincidence that in Latin America “people who descend, partially or totally, from populations colonized by Europeans, are for the most part dominated and discriminated against wherever they live?” (Quijano, 1993, p. 205).

Despite and in response to the radicalization of Westernist geopolitics of knowledge and the dominance of the myth of racial democracy in Brazil, studies in various areas such as Anthropology, Sociology, History (Fernandes, 2008; Ferraro, 2019; Nascimento, 1978; Ribeiro, 1995) , Architecture and Urbanism (Gomes, 1990; Santos, 2013, 2016) show how and why Brazilian capitalism continues to challenge and reproduce discriminatory traits and structures of the colonial slave period/system (Baptist, 2016; Gonzalez, 2020; Sousa, 2017 ). These lasting dynamics incorporate everyday situations of racial, class and gender oppression and discrimination, as well as struggles against the unequal distribution of opportunities (Fernandes, 2008) inside and outside higher education institutions and organizations (Bento, 2002; Jaime, Barreto & Oliveira, 2018; Silva,

These remnants of black slavery have been shaped by the confusing classification and perception of race in Brazilian society, which varies according to social context and factors such as emotional ties and social class (Sansone, 1996). The intricate process of miscegenation called  morenization  (Ribeiro, 1995) implied favoring some blacks and marginalizing others according to their skin tone.

Unfortunately, management education organizations and institutions have reinforced these problems, repeating stereotypes harmful to minority groups (Paim & Pereira, 2018), ignoring and even trivializing the racialization of relationships and differences in privileges between white professionals and individuals belonging to minority groups (Bento, 2002).

Despite the ethical commitment to the creation of quality scientific knowledge, both in research and in education, we observe a lasting disengagement with the extraordinary contributions historically produced by the 'enslaved' and diasporas engaged in decolonial and anti-racist struggles, inside and outside organizations and in academy (Bernardino-Costa, Maldonado-Torres & Grosfoguel 2018; Robinson, 2000). Thus, by denying the long duration of black slavery and the crucial contributions of decolonial and aphrodiaspora praxis and epistemes to social justice in general, the academy tends to perpetuate a racist, colonialist and patriarchal structure in the EGO and business schools that need decolonial and aphrodiaspora methods in the South and North (Dar et al., 2020; Faria & Abdalla, 2017; Jaime et al., 2018; Rosa, 2014).

Due to this colonialist and frankly 'racist' denial of the legacy of black slavery (Cooke, 2003; Godfrey, Hassard, O'Connor, Rowlinson & Ruef, 2016), Northern agendas on 'modern slavery' gain traction. In this scenario, the process of reconstruction and reporting of memories of the slave period/system is usually carried out by privileged individuals who do not identify with the events and consequences of the slave-colonial system that reaffirms the dynamics of epistemic-material expropriation (Santos, 2008) .

Parallel to the radicalization of coloniality and the Eurocentric mechanisms of appropriation of liberating knowledge unleashed by the globalization of US-led counter-revolutionary neoliberalism, a resurgent decolonial and aphrodiaspora praxis challenged this epistemic-material brutality of more than five centuries of capitalist slavery (Bernardino-Costa et al., 2018). Along with researchers from other parts of the Global South in general, Brazilian researchers have resisted, re-existed and recognized other voices, bodies and epistemes in their quest for transformative knowledge engaged with the oppressed majority that personifies such an ambivalent legacy.

Organizations, universities, individuals, communities and society challenge and reproduce the ambivalent legacy of black slavery, which is supported by intersectional anti-racist struggles, accompanied by the radicalization of the recolonizing dynamic.

This call for articles therefore aims to engage a growing population that struggles against the radicalization of slave capitalism in the North and the South, promoting a transformative engagement of black slavery with EGOs from decolonial and aphrodiaspora perspectives (Mignolo, 2020; Quijano, 2000), recognizing the remnants of black slavery in management and organizations and recovering decolonial and aphrodiasporic epistemes.

Thus, we welcome different theories, cosmologies, methodologies and ideas to answer a variety of questions, such as:
• How can decolonial and Aphrodiaspora perspectives help the field of Management and Organization Studies (EGO) to combat slavery, structural racism and abysmal social inequality?
• 'Slavery', 'enslavement', or 'enslavement'? How do these conceptualizations allow (or not) the radical analysis of the colonial/slavery period in the EGO and in the geohistorical evolution of theories and practices in the field?
• To what extent do predominantly Eurocentric EGOs contribute to global capitalism in general and large companies in particular benefiting from different modalities of slavery, racism and prejudice against blacks and other minorities and from the 'democratization' of social injustice-inequality in the South and In the north ?
• What decolonial and Aphrodiaspora voices and perspectives have been denied and appropriated by predominantly Eurocentric EGOs? How can EGO researchers change these dynamics?
• What decolonial and aphrodiaspora initiatives in EGO, education and research are helping to transform the contradictory realities of peripheral societies in the Global South?
• How do large companies, government organizations, and third sector organizations respond to criticisms of the involvement and complicity of 'organisations' of global capitalism in dynamics of recolonization via slavery, forced labor or human trafficking?
• What is the role of the different actors of heritage tourism in the dynamics of dismantling-re-articulation of the dominant narratives about the colonial period in historical tourist enterprises? (Araújo & Carneiro, 2020; Buzinde, 2010).
• What are the biggest challenges for combating slave labor in countries of the South and North marked by the continuous re-articulation of the hegemony of slave capitalism?
• What are the remnants of black slavery in corporate change and resistance practices linked to the concepts of diversity and inclusion in organizations, universities and business schools? (Araújo & Carneiro, 2020).
• To what extent does the continuity of the period of slavery in modern capitalism influence and challenge contemporary labor relations in organizations?
• What is the role of predominantly Eurocentric Critical Accounting in analyzing the processes of legitimization of black slavery from decolonial and aphrodiasporic perspectives? (Silva, 2014).
• What is the role of large companies and economic sectors that benefit most from the black slavery regime and in maintaining systems of domination and patriarchal and racial stratification within and outside academic organizations and institutions? (Nkomo, 1992).

We hope that this call for papers promotes dialogues with other movements, both within and outside Management and Organization Studies, engaged in transforming decolonial and Afro-diasporic perspectives in and towards a pluriversal world in which different worlds coexist. We expect the participation of academics, professionals and the 'general public' for the recovery and co-construction of possibilities that continue to be denied and appropriated-contained by systems that reaffirm coloniality via black slavery.

Keywords: Decoloniality. Aphrodiaspora perspective in Management and Organization Studies. Remnants of black slavery in management practices and organizational environments. Contemporary slavery.





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