Mediterranean Programme 2021-2022

Each year, IMéRA hosts 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 hosted by IMéRA within the Mediterranean Programme 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 Programme addresses all issues of interdisciplinary interest related to the Mediterranean area, including mainly the following three.

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, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (Fondation A*MIDEX).

Researchers working on these issues are invited to apply to the call of the European Cofund Residences Programme FIAS-FP (Deadline : September, 15 2020 at 3:00 pm) of which IMéRA is a part, by selecting IMéRA as host institute.
All information about FIAS Programme: click here.

Ways of life in the Mediterranean

The question “How to live?” or the "Ways of life" issue is a sensitive plate, an analyser that helps reveal the transformation of our ways of life, at the crossroads of thought and creation.

Mediterranean ways of life are the subject of an IMéRA research workshop to which residents will be called upon to contribute actively. This will be about exploring everyday Mediterranean-scale culture, styles and forms of life that are at work and being transformed before our eyes, taking in new visions and opening up new perspectives.

Way of life approach is interdisciplinary by nature, involving research in human and social science as well as hard science, critical thinking, literary or visual creation. Researchers, such as writers and artists, can answer the call in this domain.

In particular, they can work with the holder of the Camus Chair - open to applications in this call (details below) - dedicated to literature and new forms of writing, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (A*MIDEX).


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

Considering climate change and the current upheavals in our eco-systems, how can we anticipate the future? What transformations of our ways of life can we expect in the Mediterranean?

Residents working on this theme will be invited to contribute to an open reflection on international issues in the Mediterranean, drawing upon the diversity of their questionings and disciplines. The Chair “Germaine Tillion, tomorrow the Mediterranean”, sponsored by Region Sud, is open in this  call (details below).

A new Chair has also just been created: the Albert Hirschman Chair, sponsored by the Aix-Marseille University Initiative for Excellence (A*MIDEX).

Its objective is to provide the means to think about what is in store—tomorrow’s realities—starting with identity passions between Europe and the Mediterranean. The rise of identity passions leaves thought disarmed in many ways. It is more necessary than ever to open a space of thought where such identity passions can be queried.

CONTACT : Thierry Fabre, director of Mediterranean Programme -

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above
  • the Chair Camus IMéRA/A*MIDEX.
  • the Chair Germaine Tillion IMéRA/Région Sud
  • the Chair Albert Hirschman IMéRA/A*MIDEX

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

>> General programme : Application and residency conditions

>> Chair Camus : Application and residency conditions

>> Chair Germaine Tillion : Application and residency conditions

>> Chair Albert Hirschman : Application and residency conditions