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.

>> Camus Chair : Application and residency conditions

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.

CONTACT : Thierry Fabre, director of Mediterranean Programme -

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").



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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.



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.

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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.

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