IMéRA/ICI Research and Creation Cancerology and Immunology Chair
Closing Date: 17/10/2022
Funding is available to artists and researchers in any country outside of France to undertake interdisciplinary research into the use of the arts in cancer care at Aix-Marseille Université, France.
IMéRA (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherche Avancée – Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research) is a French institute for advanced study located at Aix-Marseille University. Its goals are to foster the emergence of world-class cross-disciplinary research approaches and to develop the skills of young researchers at Aix-Marseille University. Research projects carried out at IMéRA focus on interdisciplinary study within social science, within science, between social science and formal/experimental and health science, and on relationships between art and science, exploring and enhancing the potential connections between such disciplines and the new research that may result from these connections.
Through its residency scheme for individuals, IMéRA hosts scientists and artists of all disciplines for residencies of five or ten months in order to carry out collaborative research with Aix-Marseille University teams and laboratories. The scheme gives preference to research projects involving interdisciplinary collaboration on complex scientific issues or major societal challenges and encourages projects with a focus on Mediterranean territories and proposals submitted by researchers from the Mediterranean rim.
The Institut Cancer et Immunologie (ICI – Cancer and Immunology Institute) is a network within Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) bringing together scientists, clinicians and manufacturers in the fields of cancerology and immunology to develop an international, interdisciplinary programme of research and development with a view to clinical applications. The Institute is particularly interested in cancer treatments that make use of patients’ own immune defences.
The Research and Creation: Cancerology and Immunology research chair brings together arts and sciences to explore how the disciplines can both prove useful in the fields of cancer and immunology. The chair aims to foster long-term collaborations with researchers at AMU.
Fellows are expected to develop their research around one or more of the following fundamental topics:
- Therapeutic use of artistic practices by cancer clinicians.
- Social representations of cancer linked with associations of patients and their families to produce illustrated books, films, etc.
- Epistemological reflection on the relation between artistic practices and clinical or scientific practices.
During the residency, it is expected that fellows will participate in activities organised with other fellows and with the IMéRA scientific team. This includes the Community Building Seminar (CBS), which normally takes place every Thursday morning. Investment time is equivalent to around one day per week.
For the 2022 call, the residence is due to take place from 4 September 2023 to 5 July 2024.