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

IMéRA is an institute for advanced study (AMU) and a member of RFIEA (French Network of Institutes for Advanced Study) and NETIAS (Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study).

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

Each year the Art, Science & Society Programme  welcomes researchers and artists involved in experiments at the crossroads of art, research (humanities or exact and experimental science) and museography, with the purpose of fostering linkages between scientific practice and artistic creation so as to open new avenues of reflection and new forms in the fields of research and art.

The program focuses in particular on the following four areas:

  • The impact of digital integration on research and artistic creation: the idea is to reflect on productive perturbations generated by collaborations between humanities, exact and experimental science researchers 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 research and art: the aim will be to consider or explore innovative forms of writing inspired by literature, cinema, video games, or other artistic practices (visual art, movement art, net art, etc.) in human and social science research practice.
  • Digital publishing: the challenge consists in experimenting modes of editorial and graphic design that appropriate the potential of digital technology to rethink the reading experience and the primacy of text in relation to other media, namely image and sound.
  • Relationship between 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.

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

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

General program: Application and residency conditions

Schedule

  • Deadline : 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 8 Feb 2019 (5 months)
    • 20 Feb 2019 to 12 July 2019 (5 months)
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019 (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. Also functioning as a forum, it is a place of debate, where reference presentations and temporary exhibitions hinge around major social issues. Our partnership with MuCEM focuses on the relationship between heritage and society.

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: 18 September 2017 at 01:00 pm (French time)
  • Duration of residency : 5 months
  • Residency period proposed : 20 Feb 2019 to 12 July 2019

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. The partnership between PRISM and IMéRA has connections with the first three themes of the Art, Science & Society Programme: Integration of digital technology into research and artistic creation; Innovative writing; Digital publishing.

“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 : 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months
  • Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 8 Feb 2019 (5 months)
    • 20 Feb 2019to 12 July 2019 (5 months)
    • 10 Sept 2018 to 12 July 2019 (10 months)

Who can qualify ?

Applications are open to researchers 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 date
18 Sep 2017
Duration
5 or 10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore 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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