Mediterranean Programme 2021-2022- Chair Albert Hirschman IMéRA/A*MIDEX : conditions de la candidature et de la résidence

Albert O. Hirschman is a major figure in the history of thought. He ended his scientific career as a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is also a singular figure who played an eminent historical role in Marseille, where he was Varian Fry’s assistant between 1940 and 1941 with the Emergency Rescue Committee, and saved some of the greatest personalities, intellectuals, artists and scientists in search of “transit” when they were threatened. They managed to take refuge in the United States during the war.

Albert Hirschman is the author of many books that have had worldwide impact such as Exit, Voice and Loyalty about decision theory, The Passions and the Interests, and A Propensity to Self-Subversion.

He is the embodiment of an open and fully inter-disciplinary mind within an Institute of Advanced Studies, where he notably created new avenues of research, particularly in the field to which this new Chair is dedicated: “Passions and Interests”, to use the title of his famous book.

Creating an Albert Hirschman Chair at IMéRA—in Marseille—makes a lot of sense at a time when we are witnessing a rise in identity passions between Europe and the Mediterranean that leave thought, in many ways, disarmed.

The Albert Hirschman Chair is the tool where the means to think about what is in store, starting with identity passions between Europe and the Mediterranean, are given.

This is the raison d’être of the new Albert Hirschman Chair, set up with the support of Aix-Marseille University excellence initiative A*MIDEX, offering the possibility of a 10-month residency at IMéRA in Marseille (between September 2021 and July 2022).

The research themes, within the framework of the relations between Europe and the Mediterranean, are:

  • Studies of collective passions
  • Studies of national and identity movements
  • Studies of social and political behaviour
  • Studies of protest mobilizations
  • Studies of mobility, migration and their societal impacts
  • Studies of politico-religious movements, particularly those centred on Islam
  • Studies of political forms, in particular democratic fragilities
  • Cross-disciplinary studies

and more.


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

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

  • 6 Sept 2021 to 4 Feb 2022 (5 months - Semester 1)
  • 14 Feb 2022 to 8 July 2022 (5 months - Semester 2)
  • 6 Sept 2021 to 8 July 2022 (10 months - Full year)
Who can qualify ?

The Albert Hirschman IMéRA/A*MIDEX Chair is open to many disciplines as well as “undisciplined” approaches including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Political Science, Sociology, Political Theory…

To be eligible, candidates should:

  • Hold a doctorate or PhD;
  • Not have resided in France for more than 12 months in the three years preceding the call for applications;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency.
Remuneration and accommodation

The chairholder will receive a 3,000 euro fixed monthly allowance during their stay.

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

Selection criteria

The criteria for evaluating applications include, without limitation:

  • Researcher’s scientific excellence as per the highest international standards in the field;
  • Scientific quality of the project, in particular its cross-disciplinary facet, crucial for the researcher's integration into IMéRA’s collective creation dynamics;
  • Researcher's ability to carry out prospective reflection;
  • Researcher’s international recognition.

The file to be submitted online consists of the following documents:

  • Duly completed* application form (;
  • CV including a list of publications;
  • Presentation of the research project (max 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography.