2019 RIM Research Forum

June 25 - June 27, 2019

Université Paris-Dauphine


The broad objective of this second Forum was to continue the dialogue across domains, disciplines and geographical boundaries to contribute to an integrated understanding of race in markets.

The call for papers and participations (in pdf) is available here

Full Program  Available Here

Full Program Available Here


The conference began with a screening of the film The Network of Hate, directed by Rokhaya Diallo & Mélanie Gallard, followed by Q&A with Ms. Diallo and an opening reception.

Over the course of the remaining two days, 100+ international scholars engaged in a dialogue around scholarly presentations, poster exhibitions and Artistic presentations. Scholarly sessions included sessions focused on Branding Social Justice, and Black Capitalists, Colorism around the Globe, the Racialization of Faith, Artificial Intelligence and Gentrification.

We also included a “Meet the Editors” session where attendees could discuss potential projects with the editorial teams of the two RIM upcoming special journal issues in the Journal of Consumer Affairs and the Journal of Marketing Management.

Our plenary luncheon included poster that delved into the Art of Race and Markets, a spoken word performance, and an exhibition related to race and advertising among other topics.


I really enjoyed participating at my first RIM Forum. The atmosphere was very welcoming and warm. It was so uplifting to be amongst such brilliant and yet friendly scholars. I look forward to the next event.”

Meeting new people, opening up to new cultures, learning about race and racism from different perspectives all under the umbrella of learning and academia.. what could be more gratifying?

I really enjoyed to discuss and discover research about race and the marketplace within a real interdiciplinary community”.

The RIM Forum provided a welcoming space for all researchers interested in thoughtful and cutting-edge research on racial issues in a variety of contexts. I made more meaningful connections at this meeting than any other academic conference I've attended in the past. The pre-conference workshop provided a great deal of food for thought and was a terrific segue into the intellectual conversations that emerge from the main conference.”

The RIM Forum brought together a brilliant community of excellent scholars across disciplines, facilitating learning, networking, and future collaborations in a beautiful location.”

RIM is a wonderful conference. It's insightful presenters share their wisdom in a welcoming and warm environment. Much of the work, and some of the presentation formats, break the boundaries of what academic research is - creating am exciting new model for what it could be. Well done!

What a wonderful, interdisciplinary opportunity!

RIM Paris forum in 2019 was a wonderful gathering of mindful people looking for more social justice in the world...it is the place where human values-driven research is discussed and debated.

The RIM Forum provides a unique and much needed conduit for research topics and perspectives which often receive short shrift in major conferences and journals. The RIM Network provides access to a diverse group of established and emerging scholars who seek to nurture and encourage collaborative scholarship that is rigorous and meaningful concerning race, markets and various aspects of intersectionality.”

This was one of the best conferences I have attended. The size was just right to meet people and exchange ideas. The organization of panels was well done and the overall community welcoming.”

It was very inspirational to be at such a welcoming event, surrounded by so many other intellectuals of colour, supporting and encouraging each other. Also, this events provides a rare, interdisciplinary, safe and much needed space to explore the intersection of these two fascinating areas of scholarship: race/racism and marketing/advertising. It was wonderful to be a part of it and to share the platform being cultivated.”

The RIM conference was a dream and I can't wait to attend the next conference and get more involved with the organization. Everyone was supportive and kind, providing critical, yet constructive feedback. The intellectual exchange spanned disciplines, methods and continents. Overall, I could not have been more pleased with the conference. It is a testament to the conference (and its organizers) to spend a week in Paris, and the highlight of the trip be the conference”.

In the News

GW Researchers Converge on Paris

August 2, 2019 | by B.L. Wilson
In GWToday

Interdisciplinary teams of GW scholars presented their findings on the impact of race and racism in the marketplace at an international conference.

Seven George Washington University professors and two graduate student researchers joined academics from around the world at “Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries,” an international conference in Paris.

The Race in the Marketplace (RIM) Research Network forum offered an opportunity to share information on the effect of race and racism in various markets, including health care, housing, finance, arts and sports, with experts from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, Egypt, Australia and Switzerland.

According to conference organizer Guillaume Johnson of the French National Center for Scientific Research at the University Paris-Dauphine, the guiding aim of RIM is to support the development of equitable markets across societies… Read More

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