IMéRA: Call for applications┋Art, Science and Society Programme

IMéRA (AMU) is an institute for advanced study and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study), NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study) and UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for  Advanced Studies).

Each year we receive some twenty researchers and artists (residents), all international. These resident researchers and artists are selected after an evaluation procedure with the most stringent international standards, shortlisting of applications and external evaluators.

IMéRA promotes innovative experimental interdisciplinary approaches in all areas of knowledge.

Since September 2016, the research activity within the institute has hinged around three structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines (Science Meets Humanities; Art, Science and Society; and Mediterranean programmes). In addition to these structural programs, a multi-annual thematic program conducive to interdisciplinary research entitled Global Phenomena and Regulation is deployed over the period 2017-2020.

Art, Science and Society Programme

The Art, Science and Society Programme receives artists and scientists (either humanities, social  or hard sciences) developing experimental approaches at the intersection of art and science. Its main goal is to favor collaborative work articulating research and creation in both art and science.

The programme is definitely open to artists and scientists with no conditionality on their disciplinary background. It is particularly designed to host art-science projects which renew questionings and approaches and foster the emergence of orignal concepts and frames.

This includes, but is not limited to, the exploration of the following themes:

  • The impact of digital integration on research and creation: the idea is to reflect on productive perturbations generated by collaborations between scientists (either humanities, social or hard sciences) and artists in the digital field, as well as the spin-off these may have in the fields of knowledge and creation.
  • Innovative writing at the crossroads of artistic and scientific research: the aim will be to consider or explore innovative forms of writing generated by interdisciplinary art-science collaborations.
  • Relationship between art, heritage and society. The aim is to query the relation to heritage as a critical space of invention that engages the richness and complexity of its relations with history and the diversity of cultural forms, through reflection on exhibition and promotion forms that contribute to its definition and collective re-ownership.

CONTACT : Pascale Hurtado, Scientific Coordinator of IMéRA - pascale.hurtado@univ-amu.fr

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above , or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

The choice must be specified in the application form ("Application options").

Schedule

Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 9 Sept 2019 to 7 Feb 2020 (5 months)
  • 17 Feb 2020 to 10 July 2020 (5 months)
  • 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

  • For the 4 programmes: Applications are open to researchers of all disciplines, both junior and senior.
  • For “Art, Science and Society” and “Mediterranean” programmes: Applications are also open to artists.

IMéRA also participates in the programs for “Researchers in exile” supported by the French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (RFIEA) and the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (MESR).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Carry out a project related to one of the 4 programmes (see above)
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • With the exception of applicants to the programmes for "Researchers in exile", have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Remuneration

Scientist remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,000 net monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential local resources – field, archives, etc.).

Residencies in partnership

IMéRA’s Art, Science and Society programme is sponsored by the 2 following partners:

Mucem

Mucem (Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille) is a “museum of society” dedicated to the conservation, study, presentation and mediation of the anthropological heritage of the European and Mediterranean area. Mucem’s programme includes a semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions, thematic highlights, conferences, seminars, shows, concerts and film screenings. The civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean are mainly considered in their contemporary aspect.

Our partnership with Mucem focuses on the relationship between art, heritage and society.

Residency in partnership with IMéRA/Mucem: The applicant’s project should relate to issues on heritage and its place in the evolution of European and Mediterranean societies. It should also be in line with Mucem's methodology and programming orientations.

Schedule

  • Application deadline: 20 September 2018 at 01:00 pm (French time)
  • Duration of residency : 5 months
  • Residency period proposed : 17 Feb 2020 to 10 July 2020

Who can qualify ?

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD (for scientists) and have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency

Remuneration

Scientist remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,000 net monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with MuCEM and Aix-Marseille laboratories.

PRISM

PRISM (Perception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music) is a joint research unit (AMU, CNRS) that strives to articulate scientific disciplines and the arts on issues related to perception and representations. These questions are tackled through three shared study objects: sound, image and music. 

“AudioVision” residency in partnership with PRISM/IMéRA: The project of the applicant (researcher or artist) shall necessarily involve experimentation at the crossroads of research and art in connection with multimodal sound, music and image interactions. This experimentation may involve the use and/or development of new technologies related to image synthesis or manipulation, allowing to query human perception through, for instance, illusion or metaphor. The candidate will have to demonstrate both technical skills and a theoretical positioning on human perception in a multisensory and complex environment.

Schedule

Deadline : 20 September 2018 at 1:00 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 9 Sept 2019 to 7 Feb 2020 (5 months)
  • 17 Feb 2020 to 10 July 2020 (5 months)
  • 9 Sept 2019 to 10 July 2020 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to scientists and artists of all disciplines, both junior and senior.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • For researchers, hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • For researchers, have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a project involving experimentation at the crossroads of research and art in connection with multimodal sound, music and image interactions.

Remuneration

Scientist remuneration

  • Junior: €2,000 net monthly allowance
  • Senior: €3,000 net monthly allowance

Junior Class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior Class: Researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors.

Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,000 net monthly allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status).

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component.

Application

Online applications must include:

  • Duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
  • Files to be downloaded :
    • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications and/or creations/exhibitions for artists;
    • Presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography;
    • For junior researchers: one to three letters of recommendation.
Application date
20 Sep 2018
Duration
5 or 10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.000/month
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