Redeeming leadership: An anti-racist feminist intervention

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2 September 2019 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monash University Caulfield campus, Building H, Level 8, Room H8.13
Global Business


We are living in an inhospitable world. Countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Australia are hardening their borders while organisations and societies are mounting a backlash against even the most modest advancements towards gender and racial equality. Leadership has served as a vehicle through which domination and oppression are normalised and romanticised. Despite its troubled history, leadership continues to enjoy a sacred status in our cultures and is often upheld as the solution for inclusion. This seminar, based on a forthcoming book with Bristol University Press, aims to identify and challenge the violences of leadership by confronting the hegemony of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist and patriarchal ideologies within leadership theorising and practice. In doing so, the book draws on the complex and distinct traditions of anti-racist feminisms in order to offer redemptive possibilities for ‘leadership’ that may be exercised from the values of justice, solidarity and love.


Helena Liu is a Senior Lecturer at UTS Business School in Sydney, Australia. Her research critiques the way power sustains our enduring romance with leadership and imagines the possibilities for organising through solidarity, love and justice. She is currently a co-Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project, ‘Leadership diversity through relational intersectionality in Australia’. She serves as Associate Editor at Human RelationsManagement Learning and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In addition to those journals, her work has also appeared in OrganizationJournal of Business EthicsGender, Work and OrganizationCulture and Organization, and Leadership. Her first book, ‘Redeeming Leadership: An Anti-Racist Feminist Intervention’, will be coming out with Bristol University Press in January 2020.

Hosted by the Centre for Global Business's Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness Research Network (LOERN).

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