On October 25, 2022, Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the CNRS (InSHS) joined forces to propose a Chair on “The Worlds of Labour.”

The LEST/Iméra Chair: The Worlds of Labour

This Chair is open to researchers whose research addresses the social sciences of labour (sociology, economics, political science, management science, law, history, geography, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, etc.). The beneficiary will develop their research in collaboration with LEST (Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Labour – UMR7317 CNRS-AMU). For InSHS, this Chair is part of an effort to structure a national program dedicated to labour as an object of research in the humanities and social sciences.

Promoting excellence in research on the challenges concerning the worlds of labour

The ambition of this Chair is to promote excellent research on the challenges concerning the worlds of labour that societies face (contemporary evolutions in the relationship between individuals and society and labour, the link between labour and subjectivities, innovations and experiments related to the meaning of labour and its organization, digitalization and labour, migration and labour, risk management in labour organizations, professional integration of the young and the older, etc.).

All research projects will be considered, particularly those that demonstrate a certain level of risk-taking to start a particularly innovative project related to the thematic program of “Necessary Utopias” in which this Chair is included, as well as projects aiming at writing a synthesis book, organizing and mediating scientific reflection on the worlds of labour (conferences, seminars), and supporting doctoral training.

The Chair holder will be invited to interact with ArTLib – Workshop on Labour and Freedoms – created in 2019 at Iméra. It is an interdisciplinary and international collective aimed at discussing and disseminating ideas and practices related to the profound transformations of labour and their effects on the sphere of personal and collective freedoms and utopias.

Applications will be selected based on excellence and scientific and/or methodological risk-taking, as well as the interdisciplinary dimension of the proposed project.

The call for 2023-24 is closed.