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Apply: Postdocs - "Rethinking the Mediterranean" (Aix-en-Provence)

The Unit of Excellence “Social Sciences and Humanities at the heart of multidisciplinary research for the Mediterranean” – LabexMed at the  Aix-Marseille Université – Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme is calling for applicants forfive post-doctoral positions, for a duration of one year renewable once starting 1st October 2017.

The post-doctoral grant amounts to € 2 451 (gross salary) per month.

The submitted research proposals shall focus on the question “How to rethink the Mediterranean today?” and relate to one of the three LabexMed research themes (see presentation in appendix 1), namely:
1. Socio-economic, legal and political processes
2. Cultural processes and heritage dynamics – circulation of knowledge and objects
3. Territorial dynamics and man/environment interactions
The selected post-doctoral researchers will be hosted in one of the LabexMed Research Units (see appendix 2).
Their work will be dedicated in priority to the personal research project submitted in their application form. They will be closely associated to the activities of LabexMed. To that end, they could be offered a complementary mission by the hosting research unit, within the framework of collective LabexMed actions (supporting the coordination and the management of a specific project).
The selection of the applicants will be based on the quality of the scientific proposal as well as on the post-doc project and its integration within LabexMed research themes.
Depending on the applications two contracts could be reserved for transverse research projects involving two or more of LabexMed’s research units. Such an application should then include one supporting letter from each of the unit concerned.

Admission Eligibility
- PhD obtained after 01/09/2013
- The applicants must have obtained their PhD in a foreign university; if they obtained
their PhD in a French University, they must justify of a post-doctoral position abroad.
Application Form (only via email)4:
o Curriculum vitae and list of publication (pdf)
o PhD Diploma (pdf or jpeg)
o Viva Report and PhD essay (pdf)
o Research Project : Title, hosting research unit, presentation of the project in 10 000
characters maximum (pdf)
o Proof of having been hosted abroad for a post-doc position (for PhDs obtained in a
French university) (pdf)
o Letter from the director of the research unit to which the student will be affiliated
(LabexMed partner) (pdf)
o Letter of recommendation from an academic independent from LabexMed. (pdf)
The deadline for the submission of the full application file is the 6th April 2017 at 4.00 p.m (French time) at the following address:
An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent to the applicant through email.
The applicants selected for the audition by the eligibility committee will be informed on the 15th May 2017. The audition will take place at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (Aix-en-Provence) on the 19th June 2017. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

Further information:

Mathilde Favier
USR 3125 / MMSH
Phone: +33 (0)4 42 52 40 67 - Fax: +33 (0)4 42 52 43 89 Email:

Appendix 1 – LabexMed research themes :
How to rethink the Mediterranean today? Socio-economic, legal and political processes
1. The reconfiguration of socio-political spaces:

The long history of the Mediterranean region is marked with mingling and mixes, but also with violence, conflicts, and exclusions. All dwell on various ideological, religious or radical orientations and as such they can be used to apprehend the relation with “difference”; colonisation, nationalism and three genocides have been their most painful expression. What is left of this history in contemporary constructions of the Mediterranean? Do empires or states and the political and legal models they have instigated since the antiquity play a role in the contemporary structuration or fragmentation of the Mediterranean region? Alongside this lengthy time period more recent issues must be explored on various levels – macro, meso and micro; these include the large transformations induced by urbanisation and rapid industrialisation, demographic and economic transitions, and the changes in the relations to politics and to primary and secondary social connections. Social movements are developing thus generating new forms of social organisations and new ways of doing politics. Who are the actors of these social and political transformations? We will also question how European and international legislation is taken in and implemented in the Mediterranean region. What levels of acceptance and resistance are met on a local scale? New democratic challenges are arising, specific to each country, alongside the shaping-up of new relations between security, democracy and freedom.
2. Borders and circulations:
The Mediterranean as a sea is a migratory route, an area of connexions, of circulations and of asylum. Political and economic models in the Mediterranean since the antiquity (or even before that), cities and their organisations, the constructions of the national and Mediterranean labour markets, port infrastructures and their current territorial imprint, and/or the challenges of the formal and informal circulation of goods and people could all be examined in a diachronic manner.
The Mediterranean today is increasingly closing on itself and avoiding circulations. There is currently a disparity in the way refugees are welcomed and treated around the Mediterranean basin, with great differences between states in the south in the way they handle the refugee question. How and why do refugees « make crisis » or not, or in
different ways? What are the roles of states in the constitution of migratory routes and in the management of migratory movements?
3. Demographic transformations, social differentiations and ways of belonging.
We are confronted with contrasting demographic situations on both sides of the Mediterranean but the roles of women and the young are often at the centre of preoccupations throughout the region. What evolution(s) for the relations between gender and between generations? How do demographic trends shed light on this question? What impact do legal evolutions in family and labour issues have on gender and generational relations? In addition, how do the Mediterranean youths find their path in a growing ontological insecurity and « polytheism of values ».

How to rethink the Mediterranean today?
Cultural processes and heritage dynamics – circulation of knowledge and objects
1. Circulations of knowledge and objects in Mediterranean cultures:

Over a long time period the Mediterranean region can be considered as an area of exchange for knowledge, ideas and cultural objects, from mathematics, medicine, literature, translations, music, to aesthetic conceptualisations or archaeological items. Yet it is also the place of confrontations, hierarchy and social divisions between the different political groups who carry, defend or transport these various objects and disciplines.
Studying the transfer of knowledge and objects in the Mediterranean region and its edges (close or more remote) will be the focus of questions on the role of these exchanges and these oppositions in the constitution of Mediterranean cultures, their roles and political uses on an international scale, especially in the context of state emergence and heritage.
These circulations and dynamics could be explored in a diachronic and interdisciplinary manner whilst bearing in mind the material and ideological conditions that constrain them or that they try to subvert i.e.; the physical support of exchanges (writings, visual reproductions, translations, museum conservations, libraries, teachings, internet), forced or voluntary mobility, official or informal international exchanges, transnational networks, diasporas, heritage, conflicts, instrumentation etc.
2. Socio-economic construction and the politics of cultural goods:
By who and how are cultural goods manipulated, preserved or destroyed in the Mediterranean? It will be necessary to consider the diversity of processes, tools and actors in exchange practices and to question the possible specificity of the Mediterranean context throughout comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.
Cultural goods in the Mediterranean indeed inscribe themselves in an economy (understood here in its wider meaning i.e. market, actors, regulations) that works on various levels in terms of space, organisation, institutions, legal processes and time-scales.
Different approaches can be considered including those that focus on institutions (foundations, museums, libraries, archives, tourist organisations, training and research organisations), individuals (from the heritage protector to the expert including the cultural relay or simply the visitor in museums), humanities’ specialists (where do researchers, senior officials and experts stand in these political and intellectual games?), norms and values (legitimation, hierarchy, dynamics).
3. Objects and knowledge in heritage processes.
Heritage therefore cannot be defined a priori, but its construction, its definition and its uses must be analysed in a critical and contextual way. What becomes heritage in the name of the Mediterranean or in the Mediterranean? What cultural mutations or social discrimination then come into play? What can we say of the crossovers between the material and ideological dimensions of heritage and cultures? The list of research objects is varied: written texts and their translations, private or public museum collections, archaeological sites and monuments, cultural landscapes, industrial heritage, animal and vegetal species, collective memories, images etc. but also public policies, private initiatives, philanthropy and local associative movements.

How to rethink the Mediterranean today? Territorial dynamics and man/environment interactions
1. Territorial dynamics in the construction of the Mediterranean:

Asserting the existence of a Mediterranean space is the fruit of a long cultural history and constant re-negotiations about various territorial dynamics in the Mediterranean basin. It is important here to question these supposed territorial homogeneity and unity as the result of dynamics that inscribe themselves into globalised connexions. How do natural and anthropic elements, relations between urban and rural territories and territorial inequalities intervene in this construction and the re-definitions of this space? What are the consequences of the fragmentation of the so-called Mediterranean space on the construction of this territory? Are there specific or reclaimed forms of natural practices and relations men/environment that contribute to establish its boundaries?
2. Strategies and uses of the environment and its resources:
Depending of the time period, natural elements found in the Mediterranean basin have sometimes been considered as useful resources and therefore lent themselves to diverse concrete and symbolic uses. How did men and women acquire these natural resources? Their appropriation requires certain strategies and generates forms of competition/co- operation, conflicts for access, inequalities, the implementation of customary or legal regulations and confiscation methods. How do these strategies deploy themselves and how do they contribute to the marking of the territory? Which technical know-how, systems, and exploratory practices have they led to and what have been their impacts on ecosystems and their management? Do changes in the environment generate new uses and new forms of appropriation in return? How do traditional management practices articulate themselves with the contemporary idea of protection (animal and vegetal)?
3. Public policies and local uses of natural elements:
In every time period centralised public administrations for territorial development seek to compose with local uses. How do local populations consider these regulatory injunctions whilst attempting to reconcile the exploitation and preservation of resources and natural elements? How do local groups and actors appropriate, misappropriate and re-form the institutionalised environmental management standards?
What are the influences of the new values attached to nature on its private and public management? What are the interactions between the interests and legitimacy of scientific approaches to nature and the construction of public policies in terms of environment? In particular, we will question the status of biodiversity Hot Spot given to the Mediterranean and the latter’s vulnerability in the face of climate change. How do scientific interests and environmental public policies interact with these new definitions?
4. Relations to nature and the construction of the environment as a common good.
The question of nature protection raises another in terms of the utilitarian, economic, ethical and political relations that societies entertain with it. The status of natural things is being re-defined and re-qualified according to the moral, sensitive, operational, economic etc. values it is associated with. Are these types of relations involved in the construction of the environment as a common good? Does this status of common good in turn interfere in the values that are attributed by both public institutions and the private sphere? To what extent such a re-qualification can foster new ethical behaviours towards nature and how can these reflections accompany a new definition of the political objects of nature preservation at a Mediterranean scale?
Depending on the context nature is considered as a set of goods that can be used in a mercantile economy thus subjected to appraisal and even patentability or as heritage that must be preserved for future generations. As such, it instigates ways and forms of appropriation both material and symbolic in a given historical and cultural context. How are mountains, the sea, plains, forests, watercourses or cities in the Mediterranean perceived and by which processes do they become landscapes, recreational spaces or pools of resources?

LabexMed Partner Units
USR 3125 – MMSH (AMU-CNRS) – Madame Brigitte Marin
UMR 7299 – Centre Camille Jullian. Histoire et archéologie de la Méditerranée et de l’Afrique du Nord de la Protohistoire à la fin de l’Antiquité (CCJ/AMU-CNRS-MCC) - Monsieur Jean-Christophe SOURISSEAU / Dir. adjointe Madame Giulia BOETTO
UMR 7297 – Centre Paul-Albert Février. Textes et documents de la Méditerranée antique et médiévale (TDMAM/AMU-CNRS) – Madame Emmanuèle CAIRE
USR 3155 – Institut de recherche sur l’architecture antique (IRAA/AMU-CNRS) – Monsieur François QUANTIN
UMR 7298 – Laboratoire d’archéologie médiévale et moderne en Méditerranée (LA3M/AMU-CNRS) – Monsieur Nicolas FAUCHERRE
UMR 7269 – Laboratoire méditerranéen de Préhistoire Europe Afrique (LAMPEA/AMU-CNRS) - Monsieur Jean-Pierre BRACCO/ Dir adjointe Madame Estelle HERSHERR
UMR 8171 – Institut des mondes africains (IMAf/CNRS, AMU, Paris I, EPHE, IRD – équipe d’Aix) – Monsieur Henri MEDARD
UMR 7307 – Laboratoire d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC/AMU- CNRS) – Monsieur Benoît FLICHE / Dir. adjoint Monsieur Christophe PONS
UMR 7305 – Laboratoire méditerranéen de sociologie (LAMES/AMU-CNRS) – Madame Sylvie MAZZELLA
UMR 7310 – Institut de recherches et d’études sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM/AMU- CNRS) - Madame Catherine MILLER / Dir. adjointe Madame Homa LESSAN-PEZECHKI
UMR 7303 – Temps, espaces, langages. Europe méridionale, Méditerranée (TELEMME/AMU-CNRS) – Monsieur Xavier DAUMALIN / Dir. adjointe Madame Laure VERDON/
UMR 7304 – Epistémologie et ergonomie comparatives (CEPERC /AMU-CNRS) – Monsieur Pascal TARANTO
UMR 7317 – Laboratoire d’économie et de sociologie du travail (LEST/AMU-CNRS) – Madame Ariel MENDEZ
UMR 151 – Laboratoire population, environnement, développement (LPED/AMU-IRD) – Monsieur Hubert MAZUREK
UMR 7318 – Droit public comparé, droit international et droit européen (AMU-CNRS) – Madame Sandrine MALJEAN-DUBOIS
UMR 8562 – Centre Norbert Elias (AMU-CNRS-EHESS-Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse) – Monsieur Boris PETRIC

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