DIM Gestes – International Symposium 2013

Changing work and working conditions: how to relieve suffering, eradicate risk factors, « care for and cure our work »?



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When : June 2013, Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th.

Where : Beffroi de Montrouge, in close proximity to Paris – Porte d’Orléans.

Registration : free, but compulsory (subject to availability).

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Nowadays, the theme of “suffering at work” (Dejours C., 1980) is prominent in the public debate, in France as well as many other countries. The vocabulary, categories, approaches vary depending on the environment as well as the actors: suffering, stress, psychosocial risks, harassment… But the question remains the same: can work still be endured? This question leads to another one: how can we change work? Here again, answers and approaches are different, and possibly divergent.

International and interdisciplinary symposium

Countries :
Argentina, Belgium, Brasil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA.

Disciplines :
Anthropology, Economics, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, History, Law, Literature, Management, Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Sciences, Social Psychology, Sociology.


Two days, separated in four sections :


Monday, June 10th, Morning : Plenary session

Monday, June 10th, Afternoon : 7 simultaneous work groups

A1 – What is the proper place for researchers?

A2 – Public actions

A3 – Discussions about methods

A4 – To evaluate, to intervene

A5 – To describe work, to identify suffering causes

A6 – Hierarchy and management

A7 – To act and to cure


Tuesday, June 11th, Morning : 7 simultaneous work groups

B1 – Domination and freedom

B2 – Suffering at work, economics and societies

B3 – Trade-union movements

B4 – Prevention actors, part 1

B5 – Discussion as a method

B6 – New activities, new suffering

B7 – Dialectic between suffering and work

Tuesday, June 11th, Afternoon : 7 simultaneous work groups

C1 – Round table : to secure, to facilitate flexibility?

C2 – Suffering and organizations

C3 – New place for collectives at work

C4 – To design and to reform

C5 – Evaluation methods and case studies

C6 – Prevention actors, part 2, Health and safety committees

C7 – Violence and abuses


A conclusive speech in plenary session will put an end to the works, discussions and debates.

Scientific Committee

Jean-Pierre Brun, management teacher (Laval, Québec) / Pascale Carayon, ergonomist, teacher in University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA) / Françoise Carré, research director in economics, University of Massachussetts (Boston, USA) / Pietro Causarano, teacher in Social history of education (Firenze, Italia) / Yves Clot, tenured teacher of work psychology chair in Cnam, Paris / Mathieu Detchessahar, management teacher, university of Nantes (France) / Claire Edey-Gamassou, management lecturer in university of Paris-Est Créteil (France) / Vincent Dubois, political sciences teacher, university of Strasbourg (France) / Michel Gollac, director of quantitative sociology laboratory of CREST, GENES (France) / Eric Geerkens, lecturer and reseacher in history (Liège, Belgique) / Nicky Le Feuvre, work sociology teacher (Lausanne, Switzerland) / Loïc Lerouge, CNRS research associate in law, Bordeaux 4 / Jean-Pierre Minary, psychology teacher, university of Franche Comté (France) / Isabelle Niedhammer, epidemiologist in Inserm, Paris / Anne-Sophie Nyssen, ergonomist, teacher in university of Liège, Belgium / Agnès Parent-Thirion, coordinator for Working Conditions, Eurofound (Dublin, Eire) / Jérôme Pélisse, sociologist, director of Printemps laboratory, university of Saint Quentin en Yvelines (France) / Thomas Périlleux, sociologist, teacher in catholic university of Louvain, Belgium / Michel Pigenet, director of 20th century social history center (Paris 1) / Emmanuel Renault, philosopher, lecturer in Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) / Isabelle Vacarie, private law teacher in IRERP, university of Paris-Ouest, Nanterre (France) / Eric Verdier, sociologist et economist, CNRS research director in work economics and sociology laboratory (LEST), university of Aix – Marseille (France) / Michel Vézina, doctor and epidemiologist, teacher of public health in the university of Laval (Quebec) and member of research center in hospital and academic center of Quebec (Laval, Quebec) / Loup Wolff, sociologist, Insee administrator, researcher in CEE and CREAPT, associated researcher in CREST, Paris (France).

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Organization Committee

Yves Clot, CNAM; Claire Edey-Gamassou, UPEC: Nicolas Gauduin, GENES; Michel Gollac, CREST-LSQ; Isabelle Niedhammer, INSERM; Jérôme Pélisse, UVSQ, PRINTEMPS; Michel Pigenet, Paris1; Valerie Quiguer, CNRS; Isabelle Vacarie, PARIS10; Loup Wolff, CEE.

Contact, press, informations

Coordination team, via Valerie Quiguer, CNRS, +33 (1) 75 60 35 30, Valerie.quiguer@ensae.fr

GESTES / 60, rue Etienne Dolet

92240 Malakoff France