Art, Science and Society Programme 2021-2022 | Mucem/IMéRA Residence : Application and residency conditions

The Mucem/IMéRA residency is open to artists, heritage professionals and researchers in humanities and social sciences.

The Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem) is a national museum located in Marseille, where Europe and the Mediterranean are viewed from the perspective of humanities, social science and art. Emphasis is placed on circulation and exchanges between Europe and the Mediterranean, changes in our societies and sensitive issues, as well as contemporary revaluations of ordinary or informal cultures and practices (technical cultures, know-how, representations and imaginaries, productions and expressions that are little—or not—institutionalised).

The Mucem/IMéRA residency project should fit in with Mucem’s scientific and cultural programme, in particular one of the following two museum spaces:

  • The Galerie de la Méditerranée is Mucem’s semi-permanent exhibition space. Scheduled to open to the public in 2023, a new exhibition will be dedicated to 18th to 21st century heritage inventions of the Mediterranean through the multiple viewpoints from which such representations were constructed: those of artists, scholars, merchants, dwellers and communities... indeed, as many Mediterraneans as there are views and eras. Attention will be paid to the historical contexts and the social, political, economic and environmental issues that influence these constructions, with emphasis on the contemporary facet of those issues. This will be an occasion to debate the “and” that, in the very name of the museum, mirrors Europe and the Mediterranean. As the exhibition concept allows for a variety of entrances and multiple visits, the residency project will thus contribute to the finalization of the itinerary and its possible extensions. A specific and original reading of this itinerary will be proposed in various possible forms (mediations, programming, museum devices).
  • The “Show Flat” at the Mucem Conservation and Resource Centre is a publicly accessible reserve presenting a sample of collections ranging from the historical holdings of the National Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions to new acquisitions, making it possible to understand the typological diversity of the collections, as well as their principles of constitution, intellectual classification and material preservation. The reserves, with a million various items (objects, archives, documentation, works), include a French and European ethnographic collection documenting customs, practices, cultures and popular arts (19th-20th centuries), extended to urban anthropology of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a Mediterranean reach since the 2000s. These collections constitute a documentary resource than can be revaluated in the light of social science, as well as a breeding ground for poetic forms and emotions. The residency project will consist in drawing on such potentialities to propose a visit itinerary and mediation mechanisms fostering a re-reading of the collections leveraged on interaction between research and creation.

For further information, contact Aude Fanlo, head of the Mucem's research and teaching department :


Application deadline: 13 October 2020 at 01:00 pm (French time)

Duration of residency : 5 months

Residency period proposed : 14 Feb 2022 to 8 July 2022 (semester 2)

Who can qualify ?

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

- For researchers :

  • 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.

- For artists : no conditions of diploma, employment contract or country of residence.

Remuneration and accomodation

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).

Residents will also benefit from paid travel expenses and free accommodation on IMéRA premises.

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.

Online applications must include:

- Duly completed application form (mandatory fields);

- Files to be downloaded:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography;
  • For junior researchers: one to three letters of recommendation.