IMéRA: Call for applications┋Mediterranean 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.

Mediterranean Programme

Each year, IMéRA receives researchers, writers and artists working in the field of “Mediterranean Studies” as part of the Mediterranean programme.

As an observatory of cross-disciplinary Mediterranean issues, IMéRA focuses on opening up to the Mediterranean world. Residents received at IMéRA will be selected on the basis of their own questions and through a cross-disciplinary approach exploring the Mediterranean world in its diversity.

The Mediterranean program includes three main themes:

1st theme: Mediterranean Islam

The notion of Mediterranean Islam stems from the works of Jacques Berque and Mohammed Arkoun. The aim is to contextualise Islam, far from any essentialism or literalism, in its Mediterranean dimension. Mediterranean Islam crosses borders, embraces population flows and diasporas, from one side of the Mediterranean to the other, takes into account multiple historical and civilizational heritages as well as secular contexts, and recognizes the place of the Other, especially religious minorities. To consider Mediterranean Islam helps open other paths and offer possible alternatives to the rigorist, literalist or Salafist visions currently pervading and deeply influencing contemporary Islam.

The approach will be resolutely cross-disciplinary, encompassing philosophy, law, history, anthropology, the study of texts and their translations, as well as issues of transmission between Greco-Latin and Judeo-Arabic legacies.

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute to the expression of critical thought in contemporary and Mediterranean Islam and to the circulation of ideas in the Mediterranean. They will work in conjunction with the holder of a dedicated Chair (Averroes Chair).

2nd theme: Lifestyles in the Mediterranean

The question “How to live?” or the Lifestyles issue is a sensitive plate, an analyser that helps reveal the transformation of our ways of life, at the crossroads of thought and creation. As Marielle Macé points out, literature appears as “the key place where this attention has been sharpened to the stylistic character of life itself, to the plurality of styles of being, to the fact that there are actually styles, ways to inhabit forms and give them meaning.”

Hence the idea of creating a Chair focusing on literature and new forms of writing: the Camus Chair, reserved for confirmed writers or artists. Candidates should indicate whether they are aiming for the Camus Chair in the application form.

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute to a new research cycle on lifestyles in the Mediterranean.

3rd theme: Tomorrow(s)

How to give the future a new face? Can we imagine the post-disaster scene? Can new prospective approaches emerge in the Mediterranean world?

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute an open reflection on international issues in the Mediterranean through the many facets of their cases in point and subject matter. Special attention will be paid to questions of values, cultural heritage and memories, imagination and representations, from a Mediterranean perspective.

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

Applicants for such residencies will be selected on the basis of the partners’ research priorities:

  • LabexMed Excellence Laboratory for humanities and social science;
  • OT-Med Excellence Laboratory for earth and environmental science.

LabEx Med

The Excellence Laboratory LabexMed falls under the A*MIDEX University Foundation and includes 16 Aix-Marseille social science joint research units. Its ambition is to advance interdisciplinary and integrated approaches on the Mediterranean, drawing on the strength of its partner units’ disciplines (archaeology, history, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, economics, law, philosophy, epistemology) and fostering the dialogue between social science and earth, life and environment science, on all time and space scales. LabexMed proposes to develop research programmes on major human and societal challenges in the Mediterranean.

The LabexMed/IMéRA residency is aimed at researchers and artists with a project in connection with the Mediterranean.

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 in line with themes and fieldwork related to the Mediterranean.

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 LabexMed programme partner research centres as well as with Aix-Marseille University research centres and teams.

LabEx OT-Med

Research on environmental science will have to be developed at Labex OT-Med, with a cross-dialogue between natural science and social science aimed at addressing environmental impacts and risks in all their complexity: human-media interactions, risk perception and assessment, acceptability of solutions, support to decision-making, economic and legal aspects, environmental negotiations, etc.

The OT-Med/IMéRA residency is aimed at researchers with a project in connection with global changes and natural hazards in the Mediterranean basin and the semi-arid Sahel regions.

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 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;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency
  • Carry out a research project in connection with global changes and natural hazards in the Mediterranean basin and the semi-arid Sahel regions.

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.

Selection Criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Candidate's course
  • Research project;
  • Interdisciplinary component;
  • Interaction perspective with OT-Med programme partner research centres as well as with Aix-Marseille University research centres and teams. It is essential to have got in touch with a researcher of the team aimed before submitting an application.
Application date
18 Sep 2017
Duration
5 or 10 months
Country
Europe France South-East
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology 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 Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
€ 2.000-3.000/month
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