I am pleased to bring to your attention the second call for residency
for the IMERA ( Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies)
Web : www.imera.fr
Deadline September 15 2009
The call is open both to researchers ( sciences, humanities, engineering)
and to artists ( all media and forms, performance, sound, visual, literary)
I am please to say that several members of the YASMIN network were selected
in the first round including Peter Richards, Rachel Mayeri, James Gimzewski
and Patrick MacCray ( who is participâting in this months YASMIN
discussion on Art and Atoms).
A priority is being given in this second round of selection to
applicants from the
Mediterranean Region but applications from all locations in the world
Web : www.imera.fr
M.I.A.S - Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
IMéRA has set itself the objective of contributing to the construction
of new transversalities opened by changes in the world and in
scientific knowledge by providing a common locus 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
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.
Residents will be accomodated in facilities outside IMéRA (lodging and
work space) pending completion of the first improvement works
scheduled for the spring of 2010. IMéRA's full capacity will be
reached in September 2011, once the second tranche is completed.
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 one of the offered residencies
depending on their status.
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 first candidates were selected in April 2009.
Those wishing to take part in the second selection phase should send
their applications to IMéRA by 15 September 2009.
In this second phase the Institute will give preference to applications
from the Mediterranean area.
Projects will basically be evaluated on the following criteria :
Scientific or artistic quality;
Innovative character: novel issues and research themes;
Connection with IMéRA's interdisciplinary dimension: its capacity to
relate to other research fields.
IMéRA is looking for scholars open to other research fields, capable
of querying and shifting their own methods and issues to meet those of
Four types of Residencies are offered:
One person – Short- or medium-term duration ("Fellow") – p.4
One person – Long-term duration ("Senior Fellow") - p.5
One person – Non academic ("Fellow" and "Senior Fellow") - p.6
Junior Teams ("Junior fellows") - p.7
Documents to be produced with the application file are listed on the web site.
Web : www.imera.fr
APPLICATION FILE DETAILS
Application requests should preferably be in French or English, but
all major languages will be accepted.
At least one letter of reference from a recognized scholar or artist
(except for "Senior Fellows"), preferably someone from the
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
Application requests must be sent by e-mail and/or mail to the
executive director :
2, place Le Verrier
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