Mediterranean Programme 2021-2022- Camus Chair IMéRA/A*MIDEX : Application and residency conditions

Every year, IMéRA hosts researchers, artists and, since 2019, has also welcomed a writer in residence as part of the Mediterranean Programme, with particular and invaluable support from the Aix-Marseille University Excellence Initiative (A*MIDEX).

The aim is to give literature pride of place in an Institute of Advanced Studies as a form of knowledge in its own right and open up a space for writing, for telling the world’s stories. The Mediterranean only exists if it is told; this, as Paul Ricœur would say, is “narrative identity.” It has been produced, in text after text from the Iliad and Odyssey or the Arabian Nights down to the most contemporary stories and novels.

Named after Albert Camus, a both universal and deeply Mediterranean writer, who gave a face to "la pensée de midi"—ideas of moderation in the face of excess—this Chair will offer a writer residence and, thereby, a space open to writing, literature and imagination.

The holder of the Camus Chair will contribute to the research workshop on Way of Life in the Mediterranean. (S)he will also be expected to contribute to publications, seminars, conferences or events planned as part of the Mediterranean Programme.


Deadline : 13 October 2020 at 1:00 pm (french time)

Duration of residence: 5 months

Residence period : 14 Feb 2022 to 8 July 2022 (5 months - Semester 2)

Who can qualify ?

Camus Chair is open to internationally renowned writers.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Have already been published by one or more nationally and internationally recognized publishing houses
  • Have already been translated into at least one language of the Mediterranean
  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications
Remuneration and accomodation

Writers receive an allowance or salary (depending on their candidate status), which amounts to 2300 euros net monthly.

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

Selection criteria

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

• The literary and artistic excellence of the author
• The fame and international recognition of the author, particularly appreciated from the translations of his works
• The quality of the residency project and its interest in the Mediterranean world (s)
• The availability of the author for the activities programmed at IMéRA


Online applications must include:

- Duly completed application form (mandatory fields);

- Files to be downloaded :

  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications;
  • Presentation of the writing project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography.