IMÉRA MEDITERRANEAN PROGRAMME┋Germaine Tillion – Tomorrow, the Mediterranean Chair IMéRA/Région Sud

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The Germaine Tillion Chair is the result of a partnership between the South (Provence Alps-Riviera) Regional Council and the Aix-Marseille Institute for Advanced Studies (IMéRA), an Aix-Marseille University (AMU) foundation. The objective is to develop cross-disciplinary and prospective research at the highest international level on the general theme “The Mediterranean Tomorrow”: the Mediterranean world and its future.

The name of Germaine Tillion was selected to be the title to this chair as Germaine Tillion embodies both a figure of resistance and a major figure of knowledge, through her work as an anthropologist of the Mediterranean and in particular of her famous book Le Harem et les cousins. Germaine Tillion has not ceased to be “in search of the true and the just. She led many fights, throughout her life, against the concentration camps, and in particular that of Ravensbrück where she was interned, but also against the Algerian war and the torture which raged during this conflict. Germaine Tillion or the quest for a “thought inevitably turned towards action”.

The purpose of this Germaine Tillion chair is “The Mediterranean Tomorrow”. It is indeed a question of giving oneself the means of a possible intelligence of the future, of scrutinizing the possible forms of the Mediterranean tomorrow, at the time of the Anthropocene, climatic upheavals and the transformation of our planet. , which invite us to think of this world as a bio-region in the making, both in its human realities and in the transformation of lifestyles.

The general theme of the Germaine Tillion Chair—“The Mediterranean Tomorrow”—is open to various research avenues such as:

  • Major human challenges raised by the Anthropocene in the Mediterranean area.
  • Evolving lifestyles in the face of climate change.
  • Urban changes and territorial policies to be anticipated.
  • Political, identity and religious dynamics at work in the Mediterranean.
  • Social, democratic and freedom movements that are claiming ground.
  • The expectations of the younger generations


Deadline : 17 October 2022 at 1 pm (french time)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

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

  • 4 September 2023 to 12 February 2024 (5 months - Semester 1)
  • 12 February 2024 to 5 July 2024 (5 months - Semester 2)
  • 4 September 2023 to 5 July 2024 (10 months - Full year)


The IMéRA/South Region Chair is open to experienced researchers from all disciplines, with precedence given to social science.

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.


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.


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 and the original quality of the proposed public lecture series.


Online applications must include the following supporting documents:

  • A duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
  • All the following files (to download):
  1. A curriculum vitae including a list of publications
  2. A presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography (compulsory for researchers)
  3. A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher or associate/assistant professor OR a letter of motivation clearly explaining the interest for the candidate to interact with Aix-Marseille University’s laboratories and to lead a project from Aix-Marseille.
Date de candidature
5 or 10 months
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