CDWI Public Seminar Series – How we learn whiteness: Disciplining and resisting management knowledge

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How we learn whiteness: Disciplining and resisting management knowledge

with Associate Professor Helena Liu, Bond University – 27 October, 2023

This event is part of CDWI’s Public Seminar Series within the Business and Law Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.


In management studies, whiteness is learnt through the discipline’s epistemic norms and conventions, received intellectual history, conceptual canon, driving logics, and institutional frameworks. The foundational white epistemology of management produces and secures racial inequality while insisting that race is irrelevant and racism is obsolete. In this seminar, Helena Liu, Associate Professor of Management at Bond Business School, will explore how scholars of colour and our knowledge experience a phenomenon of seen invisibility. This dialectical condition is reproduced through mechanisms and practices by which our discipline is disciplined within the prevailing racial order. After analysing examples of these normalised mechanisms and practices through my experiences researching, reviewing, teaching, and editing management in the Global North, Helena will discuss how we might unlearn whiteness in our discipline through epistemic resistance.

About the presenter

Helena LiuHelena Liu is an Associate Professor of Management at Bond Business School, located on the unceded lands of the Kombumerri people of the Yugambeh language region.

Her research interrogates the gender, race, and class dynamics that underpin our culture’s enduring romance with leadership. More recently, Helena has engaged in radical dreaming about the liberatory possibilities of anti-racist feminist leadership, including in her book, Redeeming Leadership, published in 2021.

Helena has served as an Associate Editor at Human Relations since 2018 (previously Management Learning and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion). In addition to those journals, her work has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Organization, Journal of Marketing Management, and Culture & Organization.

Event details

Date: Friday, 27 October 2023
Time: 11am to 12pm AEST
Location: D block, D108, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
Cost: Free
RSVP: If you would like to attend in person, register online.
Webinar: If you would like to watch the seminar online, register here.

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