Tuesday, March 17, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Fwd: IMERA first call for proposals


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 tied to the theme of the
residencies described below.

Roger Malina

M.I.A.S - Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies



Application forms at: http://www.imera.fr/index.php/fr/devenir-resident/38.html


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

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: http://www.imera.fr/index.php/fr/devenir-resident/38.html

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