IIAC-EHESS Art and Research Residency

The invention of forms of representation in the age of globalisation

This programme aims to create an interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between research and art practices around questions concerning the invention of forms of representation in the age of globalisation. The primary goal of this programme is to interrogate conventional modes of knowledge production that, by and large, marginalise the arts and their heuristic properties, in social science and humanities. Our intention is to stimulate a debate addressing all aspects of collaboration between artists and the academic world. We look for artistic and intellectual responses to the emerging and existing tensions at the age of globalisation.

In a context of globalisation, in which goods and people continuously intersect with one another, artists and intellectuals share the need to highlight the contradictions and new connections between these intersections and create better forms of representation. They also share the need to go out from well-known intellectual comforts and formulate unedited theoretical and methodological propositions. Our objective is to stimulate a collaboration between academia and different artistic streams, active in France and abroad, aiming to challenge traditional methods and academic discourses around the following themes : identity, collective entity, the individual, mobility, the social role of money and notions of beauty. We are particularly interested in topics that have emerged in response to the fractures created by the expansion of the western world, and specifically in forms of resistance to mainstream manifestations of the current globalised world.

Our hypothesis is that the age of globalisation all points of human interaction create some unedited ‘forms’ that ask for new investigations. Artistic creations are the ‘ideas’ and the ‘objects’ through which the ‘real’ is imagined, represented, reproduced, projected, described etc. Accordingly, they should play a central role in the (re)production of contemporary societies and become more central in academic practices. With ‘forms’ here we refer to analytical tools of interpretation for the construction of a system of analysis, abstraction and data collection in research and teaching. In order to stimulate this new space of dialogue, we would like to select two complementary candidates for this residency, engaged respectively in the artistic and the academic research.

Joint residency

Although the submissions will be separated and independent, the selected people will be expected to take part in the residency during the same period and to work in collaboration with one another. Joined submissions (i.e. one artist and one researcher) might be accepted as long as each candidate will send a full application.

No discipline will be privileged in the selection process. Over the course of their stay, the two successful candidates will participate in the activities of the EHESS, Paris – that is, to seminars, workshops and conferences. We hope that this dialogue between artists and academics will enrich the production of knowledge in the arts as well as academia. The outcome of this exchange will be submitted to the public. We particularly encourage submissions from the peripheral zones of globalisation.


All researchers and/or artists are eligible to apply to this programme, irrespective of discipline, age, sex or origins. In this first phase of selection, applications can be written in the candidate’s mother tongue. However, a working knowledge of English and/or French is necessary. We would also be happy to receive suggestions of possible candidates from third parties.

The duration of the residency is of three months, from September 2018 to December 2018.

The selection of the theme or the form of expression of the proposed work is open to the candidate’s preference. However, the work proposed must conform to the thematic of the overall programme.

The programme will provide a monthly living/production allowance to each candidate.

Submission and selection process

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  • A conceptual text (of up to 3 pages in A4 format, single spaced)
  • A letter of motivation (1 page in A4 format)
  • A short biography (for artists and academic researchers)
  • A description of previous artistic works (for artists)
  • A list of publications (for academic researchers)

Incomplete applications will not be examined.

In cases where a third party would like to propose a candidate, a letter of presentation along with a short biography and some exemplars of previous work of the potential candidate will allow the selection committee to consider the candidature and invite the candidate to complete the rest of the proposal.

Proposals can be sent by email or by post to the following addresses:



Postal address:

InventFormes-Carasso, Institut Interdisciplinaire d'Anthropologie du Contemporain (IIAC), EHESS-CNRS UMR 8177, 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France

The deadline for submissions is: 30 April 2018.

The result will be announced on 30 June 2018.

The selection committee, composed of artists and researchers from social sciences and the humanities, will select two projects, one proposed by an artist and one by an academic researcher. The final decision will be taken after an interview with the selected candidates.

Application date
3 months
Social sciences