Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations

'Human Diversity and the Environment: Mapping Difference in the Era of the Anthropocene'

The University of Granada
Granada, Spain
27-29 July 2016


Call for papers

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call For Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations will be held 27-29- July 2016 at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.


Conference Themes

In addition to the special conference focuse, the conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Diversity community. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing Diversity through one of the following themes:

Identity and Belonging Organizational Diversity
Education and Learning in a World of Differences Community Diversity and Governance
2016 Special Theme: Human Diversity and the Environment: Mapping Difference in the Era of the Anthropocene

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.

We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Diversity Collection may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.


2016 Special Theme: Human Diversity and the Environment: Mapping Difference in the Era of the Anthropocene

Scientists have recently begun to speak of a new era in geological time, ‘the Anthropocene’, or an era in which the destiny of the earth’s ecosystems is determined by a single species, homo sapiens. Often lost in these discussions, however, are the differences in orientation to the environment of different human groups—according to culture, gender, (dis)ability and a myriad of other dimensions of human diversity.  As we address some of the greatest ecological challenges that humanity has ever faced, in what ways are we required to factor in ecological diversity into traditions of thinking about human diversity? How might we need to build senses of identity and belonging that account for our species-embeddedness in ecosystems? What are the demands for environmental education that run parallel to demands to understand the dimensions of human diversity? What are the implications for communities and modes of governance as they map onto the cartographies of ecosystems? Finally, how are we forced to deal with the interface of the local and global, for instance local bio-systems in relation global climate change? Taken as a whole, how can principles of inclusion and diversity inform programs of action that can do justice to human and cultural diversity, nevertheless be sensitive to ecological or biological diversity? The very future of our planetary existence may depend on addressing these integrated questions.


Submit a Conference Proposal

To learn more about preparing and submitting your conference proposal, including guidelines, deadlines, and "how-to" information, go to Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.


Conference Details

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