The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University and Edinburgh University's Alwaleed Centre are collaborating on a fellowship program called "Muslim Solidarities in the Face of Crises in the Mediterranean" to study how solidarity mechanisms are established, operate, and transform contemporary Mediterranean identities during crisis situations. The program, led by Professor Frédéric Volpi, aims to research and analyze the role of Muslim solidarities in the evolution of forms of Mediterranean civility and citizenship in the context of the increasing number of migrants and refugees due to political, socio-economic, and environmental crises.
While state policies struggle to manage the population movements and their consequences, civil society actors, including humanitarian and religious organizations, have become essential in responding to the crisis. However, the societal responses to the crisis have received less attention than security concerns. The program seeks to examine how these interactions transform the humanitarian and religious organizations that supplement state policies and how they contribute to the evolution of new forms of civility and citizenship that apply to both migrants and the people they meet.
The program will focus on the articulation of solidarity through Islamic organizations and their interactions with other actors in civil society, both religious and non-religious. The analysis will illuminate the transformations of ideas and social and political practices that underlie contemporary Mediterranean identities in the context of the current crisis.
Aix-Marseille University is a public research university located in the south of France, formed in 2012 by the merger of the University of Provence, the University of the Mediterranean, and Paul Cézanne University. It is the largest French-speaking university, and one of the youngest and most dynamic in the country, with more than 80,000 students and 4,400 academic staff. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in various fields, including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, law, and medicine. With a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, Aix-Marseille University is committed to producing high-quality research that addresses global challenges and contributes to the advancement of knowledge.
Imera Postdoctoral Scholarship 2023/24, Aix Marseille University, France. is available to undertake Fellowship level programs at Aix-Marseille University.
The residency is open to junior scholars, whether or not they hold a position in a university or a research organization. Depending on their statutory position, the researcher receives an allowance (under an allocation agreement) or a net salary (under a fixed-term contract) of 2,000 euros per month.
The application file consists of the following documents:
- The application form duly completed and saved in Word format.
- A Curriculum vitae including a list of publications
- A presentation of the research project (max 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography.
- At least one letter of support from a researcher or teacher-researcher from Aix-Marseille University OR a letter of motivation clearly explaining the candidate's interest in interacting with Aix-Marseille University laboratories and carrying out a project from Aix-Marseille.
Applications must be sent exclusively by email before July 17, 2023, at 1 p.m. (CET) to Constance Moréteau, academic coordinator at Iméra: [email protected]