Launch of a new LEST/IMERA Chair on the Worlds of Labour

Launch of a new LEST/IMERA Chair on the Worlds of Labour and a first call for applications

The CNRS Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (InSHS) and the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University (Iméra) have joined forces to propose a chair on "Worlds of labour". The beneficiary will develop his or her research in collaboration with LEST (Labour Economics and Sociology Research Unit). For the InSHS, this chair is part of an action to structure a national program dedicated to labour as an object of research in the human and social sciences. 

LEST is a research unit promoting research of excellence on the dynamics of labour, employment, professionalization and the organizations that support them. LEST is a research unit whose scientific grammar is based on the interdisciplinary fertilization of the social sciences of labour, international comparison, methodological pluralism and diversity of theoretical approaches. Founded within the CNRS in 1969 and supported since 2000 by the dual supervision of the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, LEST has more than one hundred members including CNRS researchers, university assistant/associate professors, engineers and research technicians, doctoral students and contract researchers. Bi-disciplinary at its inception, the unit brings together researchers from seven scientific disciplines in the humanities and social sciences (sociology, economics, management sciences, law, political science, language sciences, geography and urban planning) to analyze labour and its worlds as a revelation of contemporary social dynamics.

IMERA is Aix Marseille University’s Institute for Advanced Study, member of the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) at the national level, and of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) at the European level, and is as well member of the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS) on a global level. Each year, the institute welcomes a total of thirty artists and scientists from all disciplines, selected after an evaluation procedure that follows the strictest international standards, with preselection of applications and external evaluations. IMERA promotes innovative interdisciplinary experimental approaches in all fields of knowledge.  Since September 2016, research activity within the institute has been structured around four thematic programs. From the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year, these programs focus on the following issues: Arts & Sciences: Indisciplined Knowledge ; Interdisciplinary ExplorationsMediterraneanNecessary Utopias. The LEST /IMéRA Chair "Worlds of labour » is open to researchers whose research is related to the social sciences of labour (sociology, economics, political science, management sciences, law, history, geography, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, etc.).

The aim of this chair is to promote research of excellence on issues concerning the worlds of labour that societies are confronted with (contemporary changes in the relationship of individuals and society to labour, the link between labour and subjectivity, innovations and experiments related to the meaning of labour and its organization, digital technology and labour, migration and labour, risk management in labour organizations, professional integration of the young and the not so young, etc.). All research projects will be considered, and in particular those that demonstrate a certain amount of risk-taking in order to launch a particularly innovative project in line with the Necessary Utopias thematic program in which this Chair is included, as well as projects aimed at writing a synthesis book, animating and mediating scientific reflection on the worlds of labour (organization of colloquiums, seminars), and support for doctoral training. The chairholder will be invited to interact with ArTLib – Research group on labour and freedoms – created in 2019 at Iméra. This is an interdisciplinary and international collective that aims to discuss and disseminate ideas and practices related to the profound transformations of labour and their effects in the sphere of personal and collective freedoms and utopias. 

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