I work, therefore I am (European) (IWIAME) is an international Jean Monnet Project funded by the EACEA (EU Commission) in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programmes. With the present project we aim at organizing an international conference – “I work, therefore I am (European) ” – by bringing together academics, stakeholders, politicians and intellectuals from different European countries around the topic of labour considered from both a juridical-political and a humanistic perspective.
Research Key points
LABOUR SHAPES EUROPEAN IDENTITY.
In contemporary Europe, labour occupies a central position in human existence: it is the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. In a multi-level governance system like the EU, through their profession people feel recognized by the others: they are. Labour is more than a mere economic relationship: it is an identitarian process. How does social identity interact with European identity?
LABOUR AT THE CORE OF THE ECONOMIC EUROPEAN GOVERNANCE.
Labour is an apparatus for the governance of a collectivity that creates a plurality of relational dimensions (capabilities, status, social patterns) through which the fulfillment of the individual takes shape: once an individual is excluded by the professional world, his integration in the community he belongs to becomes weak if not impossible. Citizenship and political belonging are thus only partial aspects of European governamentality. Labour policies are central in the constitution of the European subject through common economic values.