I am a member of the steering committee for the new Mediterannean Institute
for Advanced Studies in Marseille.
We are designing a wing which is the ASIL ' Arts, Sciences, Instrumentation,
The first call for proposals has been issued; Proposals are accepted at any
time, with the selection committee
meeting four times a year. First deadline March 31. We are very interested
in promoting work at the
interface of the arts and sciences.
*M.I.A.S** - Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies*
*CALL FOR APPLICATIONS*
Application forms at:
IMéRA, the new Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies, seeks to
contribute to the construction of new inter-disciplinary connections opened
by changes in the world and in scientific knowledge. Located in Marseille,
it provides a physical location and context for the questions raised by its
Residents and Members, and the region's research teams.
In the recent past, each of our disciplines has, each in its own way, become
increasingly receptive to the factors of uncertainty, unpredictability and
instability inherent to complex phenomena. They have also expanded the range
of methods for processing information and large data sets though a variety
of mediations (including phenomena which cannot be observed directly, or is
invisible, or even identified through simulation only).
Above all, complexity involves critical transitions and system crises, hence
the choice of the general theme selected by IMéRA's promoters more than a
year ago to launch its programme: the question of crises.
But studying the theme of crises in a variety of forms and in greater depth
leads to the uncovering of connected themes: first of all, that of the
blindness resulting either from too much uncertainty or from over emphasis
of desired outcomes; that of the role of errors when they bring about
revisions or awareness of limitations; that, also, of the problem of
regulation: is it possible to reduce the probability of crisis in the system
without eliminating instabilities that generate fruitful discoveries?
Whatever the answers, IMéRA has chosen to commence its activities, inspired
by the un-rest and un-certainty informing research carried out within and
into a world where crisis is no longer seen as an ephemeral phenomenon, but
as a permanent state.
This human condition of the sciences, seen here in a "time of crisis,"
requires a confrontation between the modes used to explore these critical
states—in sciences and equally in the arts and humanities. The outcome will
be a space bounded on one side by the limitations of our anticipations in
uncertain situations and on the other by the use of researchers' critical
judgments, which classify and discriminate (providing a reminder of the
Greek verb from which the word "crisis" is derived). Identifying those
limits and actuating this critical examination should, in the complex
context of these instabilities, provide new reference points.
*Accommodation will begin in May 2009* *in facilities outside
IMéRA**(lodging and work space) pending completion of the construction
work on the
IMéRA site scheduled for completion in September 2011. Locations in
Marseille and Aix en Provence are available.*
IMéRA residence proposals are open to researchers of all origins in terms
of nationality and disciplines prepared to contribute to collective work on
new cross-field issues, notably interfaces between social and
formal/experimental sciences. The Arts and humanities are included.
Researchers and academics may apply for any residence of their choice,
whatever their status and home institution.
Call for applications is permanent, as the short-listing committee
responsible for approving applications meets at the end of each quarter. A
shortlist is established four times a year and submitted to the
International Scientific Board for final acceptance.
*The next deadline is march 31 2009*
*Four types of Residencies are offered:*
One person – Academic / Short- or medium-term duration ("Fellow")
One person – Academic / Long-term duration ("Senior Fellow")
One person – Non academic ("Fellow" and "Senior Fellow")
Junior Teams ("Junior fellows")
Application forms at:
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