Call for applications / four to eight postdoctoral agreements – recruitment by competitive examination 2011-2012

The Laboratory of Excellence « Creations, Arts and Heritages » (French acronym « Labex CAP ») of PRES héSam, advertise the recruitment by competitive examination of four to eight researcher worker (postdoctoral level) for one year period, renewable one time.
Personal research projects submitted by the applicants will be in the line of Labex CAP general theme, which concerns contemporary challenges of creation and heritage in a context marked by strong and rapid transformation of societies : on one hand, especially as regards to globalization of economic life, communications and cultures ; and, on an other hand, as regards to digital tools and cultures development. Applicants will have to make allowance for attempts at rapprochement and cooperation wish, between University research and Institutions, which conserve and present to the public, heritage collections ; it is the founding principle of Labex CAP.

Conditions of membership
• Ph.D. graduated after 01/09/2007

Schedule of recruitment
• Closing date of call for applications : 2 January 2012
• Qualifying period : 27 January 2012
• Acceptance period (auditions) : 3 and 4 February 2012

Application file
Complete application file must be sent the 2 January 2012 at 16h00 (4.00 PM) at the latest, at the following address :

Dossier shall include :
• a curriculum vitae and a list of publications / realisations
• Ph.D. degree
• report of discussion
• research project : title, accepting research Unit, project outline, drawn up in French (a maximum of 10 000 characters)
• a letter of motivation
• a meaningful publication (PdF)
• two letters of recommendation, drawn up by researchers and prominent personalities from the arts and creation world.

Recruitment period and at what point mentoring should begin (starting date of employment)
• The contracts on offer are contracts for one year period, renewable one time.
• Posts are open in the second half of 2011-2012 University year. However, applicants can submit, together with their dossier, a request for a deferral of the taking office at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Services obligations and involvement of the laboratory works
In addition to the research project for which they were selected, researchers will take part in Labex activities. Amounting to 2/5e of their working time, they will especially contribute to organization and realization of “enhancement actions” such as : workshops, meetings, study days. They will also contribute to
enrichment of communication supports (web site, presentation leaflets, presentation documents) and to the unit / laboratory / host department ‘s life. They will take part in Labex seminar sessions, which make it possible for them to present and discuss collectively their research ‘s progress, on a monthly basis.

Payment system
Recruitments are fixed-term contracts. The growth amount of the monthly remuneration is 2361.45 euros. On their request and according to collective projects developed in the Labex, researchers may benefit from specific financial supports, in the context of missions related to their researches and their participations in scientific events.

Selection criteria
Contracts offered aim at young researchers. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree and be able to present first achievements in the field of research.
Criteria taken into account by the selection committee are :
• Research project quality, originality, adequacy to the Labex themes
• Characteristics and abilities of the candidate (scientific competences, knowledge in the field of research, publications)
• International character of scientific researches (study periods, publications, linguistic skills)

The general program of Labex CAP has five components, which can be questioned in their cross-cutting :
a) Creation and heritages in their dealings – Interactions between creation and heritage
This axe proposes to examine, with a long term approach, the steps lead from creation to heritage and feedback effects of public appropriation on creation, in different areas relevant to the sponsors culture and to their part in conception of exhibits ; to the formation of heritages identities and to the choice of “purposes of consensus” ; finally, from the point of view of the public space – through the cultural institutions and their “place of definition” of the community.
The issue will be studied, taking into account three questions, which are especially indicative of the present profound changes : the “new face” of the “universal artist” and the “global” logic of loans, exchanges, blends, interactions that induces between arts and their publics ; the global process of items and practices selection or sites of great significance/new (“cultural”) value selection, which are “provided” to the collective and individual identification ; the new dynamics in term of creation and reception of music organs and plastic arts.

b) Creation and creative processes
In the way of a trans-disciplinary study on creation and its social and cognitive processes, the research will involve interaction between processes study (case study and theoretical contemplation) and historical critical thinking on the legacy of the tradition about that issue. Status of artist will be studied, on the long term dynamic, dealing with profession and professionalisation ; the borders continually redrawn between “art” and “craft” ; the question of political and symbolic functions and powers “assigned” to the artist ; the extension, in the Europe of the XIXe century, of the concept of creation, beyond the area of arts (in the traditional sense) to the industrial arts.
Maintaining a constant dialogue with those historical works, the “laboratory” will establish the assumption that, beyond their items, technical procedures and social status diversity, Arts are implementing a specific cognitive, “agentive” and emotive register, which will be studied by the assistance of esthetic works, historic and anthropological vision of art, and, furthermore, by the mental philosophy and with researches on cognition and emotions.

c) Heritage and public appropriation
The history and the definitions of heritage will be studied, according to the location and the period, in the context of a large comparative thinking. Researches will be based on conservation sciences status clarification and their epistemology. By confrontation of the various actors of restoration, by thinking of conservation issues, both technically and symbolically, by considering and appreciate new technologies, the “know-how” will be questioned as well as the validity of inherent practices related to conservation. This research will be assisted by an anthropologic inquiry of archives, conceived as a common denominator for all forms of heritage. The program will also include an important historic axe dedicated to representative sources of History of Art teaching in France in the XIXe century, as well as historical recognition of crafts, knowledge and techniques, with the aim of making a historical cartography of architecture learning spaces in the XIXe and XXe centuries. A detailed study of present faces of heritage will be started too, in the field of contemporary art and architecture.

d) Present issues : creation and heritage
The development of digital technologies and the transformation of global economy and cultural practices give rise to changes, still not well understood but which have nevertheless major consequences. Dynamic connection between creation, heritage and Information/Communication technologies (French acronym : TIC) will be covered in different axes : collaborations between museums and computer science ; development of applications and experiments ; the use of “TIC” for creative and participative conception new methods ; immaterial status, and especially software. At the same time, present mutations of artistic creation in contemporary art, cinema, music, architecture area, and, in the field of narrative creation and literature, will be questioned.

e) Prospective
Situation in France is characterized, for a very long time, by a separation between museums and libraries areas, working in the field of heritage conservation, the research and higher education sphere and creation area. In order to exceed this gap, Labex CAP proposes to introduce new working methods, taking care to support the emergence of a new economic model for the artist and for the subject, thinking about new dissemination knowledge and artistic practices methods, which attract new audiences. Labex CAP proposes to realize an online “encyclopedia of creation” too. More generally, the “way to promote” of job-creating innovations (for businesses, institutions and organizations in the broad sense), will be questioned, because many present sectors of activity are based on artistic creation, social sciences or scientific research.

Contact :

Zinaïda Polimenova, administrative manager of Labex CAP :
Alexandra Liarsou, executive project manager of Labex CAP :


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L’Institut méditerranéen des métiers de la longévité (I2ML) est une fondation installée à Nîmes qui s’est donné deux missions dans le domaine du soutien à la population vieillissante et du maintien de l’autonomie des personnes face à la diminution de leurs capacités avec l’âge (vie domestique, conduite automobile, etc.) : l’enseignement (métiers de la vision et de l’audition) et la recherche appliquée (basse vision et équilibre). En partenariat avec le laboratoire Domus de l’Université de Sherbrooke (Québec), l’I2ML a entrepris un projet de conception d’un appartement adapté aux personnes souhaitant maintenir et renforcer leur autonomie. Les deux pièces jugées prioritaires sont la cuisine et la salle de bain. C’est sur cette dernière que travaillera l’I2ML dans un premier temps, ses partenaires disposant déjà d’un prototype expérimental de cuisine.

Dans cette perspective, l’I2ML recrute un concepteur ou une conceptrice (designer, architecte, ingénieur-e, ergonome, etc.) qui concevra la salle de bain expérimentale et en supervisera la réalisation (échelle 1). Les équipements créés dans ce cadre seront ensuite testés selon des protocoles de recherche scientifique, dans la perspective d’une production industrielle.

Les candidats sont diplômés d’une école de design, d’architecture ou d’ingénieurs (bac+5) et ont au moins 2 années d’expérience professionnelle. Leur contrat (CDD) d’un an est susceptible de se transformer en automne 2011 en contrat CIFRE (3 ans) dans le cadre d’études doctorales réalisées dans ce domaine de recherche (si la personne le souhaite et remplit les conditions d’admission).

Conditions : contrat CDD 12 mois, entrée en fonction avril 2011, 25000€ brut. Lieu d’activité : Nîmes.

Candidatures : Expérience professionnelle dans le domaine : souhaitée mais pas indispensable. Maîtrise de l’anglais lu et, dans un degré moindre, parlé. Maîtrise des outils CAO et bonne connaissance des matériaux. Envoyer CV résumé avec 3 réalisations jugées pertinentes (professionnelles ou de recherche, incluant si nécessaire le projet de fin d’études), le tout sous forme numérique (pdf) et d’ici le 22 mars à : et , copie à et .

Recrutement : une présélection s’effectuera sur dossier. Le choix final se fera après entretien des présélectionnés.

Contrat CIFRE éventuel : 25000€ brut annuel sur 3 ans, inscription au laboratoire Cresson, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Grenoble (dir. de thèse : A. Findeli).


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Grand Atelier Logement Design – Appel à Communications

Le Grand Atelier Logement Design est organisé par le Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture (PUCA) et la Cité du Design. Il aura lieu les 25 et 26 novembre 2010, dans le cadre de la Biennale Internationale du Design à Saint-Etienne.

Lancé par le PUCA, le programme de recherche et d’expérimentation Logement design pour tous a pour ambition d’explorer de nouvelles pistes pour une conception renouvelée des logements à coût et qualité maîtrisés, de susciter l’émergence de projets ambitieux dans le neuf et dans l’existant, et de tester des solutions innovantes en termes de conception, d’agencement, d’équipements, de mobiliers et de services.

Les communications devront proposer des pistes de recherche et/ou des actions innovantes et inventives qui permettront de poursuivre et d’enrichir la dynamique initiée lors des quatre ateliers exploratoires du programme (vieillissement de la population ; modes de vie et logement des jeunes ; logement numérique ; accessibilité et espaces du logement ). Les communications pourront s’appuyer sur des études, des recherches ou des observations, ou sur des actions, des expériences ou des initiatives, menées en France ou à l’étranger.
Sur le site de la Cité du design :

Date-limite de remise des communications : 12 septembre 2010
Sélection des communications : fin septembre 2010
Grand Atelier Logement Design : 25 et 26 novembre 2010


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PHD in practice -Call for applications

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna: Call for Applications

PhD in Practice
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Application period: February 1 – March 1, 2010

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is launching a doctoral program for research in artistic practice. The new PhD in Practice program is intended to give participants an opportunity to realize their individual research projects in a cooperative environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary and international bent.

In societies increasingly based on economies of “knowledge,” it is crucial for contemporary visual artists to discuss and transform their own respective positions as producers, agents, designers, archivists, and conveyors of “knowledge.” The PhD in Practice program of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is coordinated by Tom Holert, Silvia Kolbowski, and Johanna Schaffer. It focuses on the consequences of the shifting social status of art and artists by allowing artists in knowledge-based societies to engage in research into these issues. A deliberate emphasis on the epistemological and methodological foundations of the fine arts, its practitioners, and its audiences is a distinguishing feature of the PhD in Practice program.

The study program is designed for a duration of four years (240 ECTS credits). During this time the participants will develop and implement their projects analytically and experimentally in coordination with the academic and artistic team of co-participants and faculty. Transdisciplinary modes of working in artistic production will be fostered. Importantly, the ability to write texts, and to conceive, organize, document, and carry out independent research will be developed by supporting program participants in a networked, international and transdisciplinary environment (The Center for Art/Knowledge/CAK).

The participants have access to the facilities and resources of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and to the institutions and people that form the broader and expanding network of the Center for Art/Knowledge and the future Doctorate School of the Academy. Participants will be given the means to pursue and develop dissertation work resulting in an artistic project displaying a strong emphasis on methodological reflexivity and documentation. Moreover, participants are expected to take an active part in organizing the program (coordinating workshops, guest lectures, conferences, exhibitions, screenings, etc.).

Entry requirements

Requirements for admission to the PhD in Practice program are: a degree (Magister, MA or diploma) from a recognized University, and the submission of a portfolio and a written project proposal. Applicants who are already engaged in an artistic or academic career are encouraged to apply.

Applications (to be written in German or English) are to be submitted by March 1, 2010 (via post or email).

PhD in Practice
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Schillerplatz 3
A-1010 Vienna

Further information and application forms can be found at , and

The results of the application process will be published May 6, 2010.

The start of the PhD in Practice program is scheduled for October 2010.



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Appel à projet “processus acteurs objets contextes”

L’ANR a lancé un appel à projet dont voici les principaux axes thématiques

Figures de la création, processus, techniques, apprentissages

  • Création, créateurs ?
  • Les processus de création
  • Les techniques de la création
  • Création, Créativité : concepts, méthodes, approches
  • Créativité ?
  • Création, innovation, invention, découverte
  • Conception, rôle des théories dans la création

Place des productions artistiques dans les systèmes de représentations collectives et d’échanges sociaux

  • Constitution des arts, des formes et des genres
  • Les cultures ordinaires
  • Publics et réception
  • Création et variations culturelles
  • L’objet artistique comme médiateur des relations sociales
  • Création et politique
  • Transmission et transformations des discours et des pratiques

Mondes de la création et nouvelles formes du travail et de la production

  • Processus de production des biens symboliques et des formes artistiques
  • La construction des marchés
  • Contextes de production et formes artistiques
  • Institutions et politiques
  • Transformation des professions, permanences et émergence de nouveaux métiers

Les réponses sont à transmettre avant le 9 mars 2010 13h.

Le texte de l’appel à projet, sur le site de l’ANR :


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