2000 and beyond

The OnWork repository recently entered its 2000th reference (“Artificial intelligence and the future of psychiatry: Insights from a global physician survey”, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, 2019, DOI: 10.1016/j.artmed.2019.101753)

This is a small achievement that calls for a short backward glance.

The team that started the project changed slightly a few weeks ago. JP Deranty remains at the helm. Brian Ballsun-Stanton continues to develop and look after the site’s and newsletter’s electronic architectures. Yves Aquino who provided invaluable research expertise in the first phase of the project has just taken up a post-doc at Wollongong. He has been replaced by Thomas Corbin, who is bringing his own energy and a new impetus. John Goris started a PhD linked to the project, focusing on Animal Labour, a growing area of interest at the intersection of animal studies and political philosophy.

This newsletter was launched in March, to update readers and visitors about latest additions to the site.

There are now 80 Themes organising the references, with many more specialised sub-themes, from Anarchism and Animals to Workers Writings. The best documented theme is on Women and Work.

Notable recent additions include numerous citations of Philosophers on Work, notably by thinkers whose name is not usually associated with an interest in work, like Nietzsche.

A recently added Theme is Pandemics and Work, where we archive interesting contributions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world of work.

We are currently adding many references to research on automation and robotisation and the effects they are predicted to have on employment and skills, a major area of debate for work centrality.

As always, external contributions are very welcome.

Thank you for your interest.


William Morris (1834-1896), “The Orchard” (1890), Victoria and Albert Museum.