Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange

Intercultural PedagogyErasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking project enabling youth in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online, as part of their formal or non-formal education. The program has been running for several years, but is now being highlighted as a good way to expand intercultural dialogue during the pandemic.

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Working with Youth Organisations and Universities, the programme is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean.

Through a range of activities, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange aims to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme through Virtual Exchanges, which are technology-enabled people-to-people dialogues sustained over a period of time. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange offers a safe online community to participate in facilitated discussions, increasing intercultural awareness and building 21st Century skills through Virtual Exchange. The programme encourages and promotes intercultural dialogue, employability, and citizenship, strengthening the youth dimension of the EU neighbourhood policy.

For more information, click on the links above, or see: D’Arcy, Naoise. (2020, June 28). In a pandemic, a virtual Erasmus offers a new way of crossing cultures. University Times [Ireland].


IMéRA Fellowships 2018-19 (France)

FellowshipsIMéRA and its partners are issuing 4 calls, one per programme. Each programme is associated with a general call and a set of specific residencies jointly managed by local, national or international partners. These specific residencies include chairs reserved for experienced researchers.

Interested researchers, writers or artists may apply for one programme only. Please indicate the type of residency you are requesting in your application (general program and/or specific residency) :
  • Art, Science and Society Programme
  • Mediterranean Programme
  • “Science Meets Humanities” Programme
  • Global Phenomena and Regulation Programme
  • Residence schemes (from 3 to 10 months) scheduled between September 2018 and July 2019
  • Deadline: Monday 18 September 2017 at 1:00 pm (French time)

IMéRA is the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix-Marseille University – AMU. As such, it is a member of Réseau Français des Instituts d’Etudes Avancées (RFIEA) [French Advanced Study Institutes Network] as well as of Réseau NETIAS [Eurias network] that includes the main European Institutes for Advanced Study.

IMéRA aims at fostering the emergence and development of world-class cross-disciplinary research approaches and grooms young researchers for such approaches on Aix-Marseille University ground.

IMéRA also enthusiastically welcomes projects bearing on Mediterranean territories or submitted by researchers from the Mediterranean rim.

CFP Cities as Community Spaces (Malta)

The Valletta 2018 Foundation has launched a series of annual international conferences addressing different aspects related to cultural relations in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Valletta 2018’s annual conference Cities as Community Spaces will be held on the 23rd-25th November 2016. The conference seeks to explore the social dynamics through which space – public, private and virtual– within a city serves as a site of exchange, contestation, and critical reflection between different communities, with a particular reference to the Euro-Mediterranean context and Valletta as European Capital of Culture in 2018.

The conference is driven by five main thematic areas:
*Community Driven Spaces
*Community Contested Spaces
*Developing Creative Spaces
*City Space as an Empowerment Tool
*Online Community Spaces

The Valletta 2018 Foundation is inviting contributions from academics, researchers, artists and practitioners related to any of these themes. The range of papers or posters may cover theoretical and methodological perspectives, practical examples and artistic interpretations of the issues and challenges faced in cities by communities.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal (abstract) of no more than 250 words by Friday 18th March 2016.

More information, including the full call for papers and posters document is available at the conference website or by contacting the Valletta 2018 Foundation.