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Published on Friday, March 08, 2024


Dans le cadre de l’Alliance UNITA et du projet Cultural Heritage Outreach in Roman Languages (CHORAL), le laboratoire Identités, territoires, expressions, mobilités (ITEM) de l’université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour propose six allocations de thèses en cotutelle consacrées au patrimoine culturel. CHORAL vise à former des chercheurs internationaux de haute qualité et à encourager le développement de recherches interdisciplinaires, internationales abordant tous les aspects du patrimoine culturel.




Dans le cadre de l'Alliance UNITA et du projet CHORAL, le laboratoire ITEM de l’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour propose 6 allocations de thèses en cotutelle consacrées au patrimoine culturel.

Coordonné par l'Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, CHORAL (Cultural Heritage Outreach in Roman Languages) est un programme Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie cofinancé par l'Union européenne. Il est lié au Cultural Heritage Hub, un réseau international de recherche au sein de l'Alliance UNITA, qui structure son écosystème de recherche face aux enjeux liés à la culture.

CHORAL vise à former des chercheurs internationaux de haute qualité et à encourager le développement de recherches interdisciplinaires, internationales abordant tous les aspects du patrimoine culturel.

Les candidats retenus s'inscriront dans des programmes de doctorat en cotutelle qui nécessiteront une mobilité internationale. Ainsi, chaque doctorant lauréat d’une bourse CHORAL de 36mois est inscrit dans deux universités, l'université de recrutement et l'université de co-tutelle ; il devra passer au moins 9 mois en dehors de l'université qui le recrute, dont au moins 6 mois dans l'université qui le co-supervise ; les 3 mois restants peuvent également être passés dans une autre entité, augmentant ainsi l’expérience internationale. Les doctorants CHORAL bénéficieront d’événements dédiés, d’un programme de formation doctorale sur mesure et de la reconnaissante de leur diplôme dans 2 universités européennes différentes (double diplôme de doctorat).

6 de ces bourses seront co-portées par le laboratoire ITEM de l’Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (l’université citée en premier est l’université de recrutement) :

UPPA-UNITO-2.5.04 : Analysis and study of the role of ecomuseums in sustainable development and the representation of future territories (multidisciplinary, cross-disciplinary heritage and territorial study).

Supervisors : Christel Venzal (UPPA) & Cristina Trinchero (UNITO).

This project aims to analyze and study the evolution of the ecomuseum concept from the perspective of sustainable territorial development. This collaborative project is rooted in the idea that tangible and intangible heritage can make a greater contribution to the social and ecological transition of the cultural and eco-cultural sectors. Over the past decade, ecomuseums have experienced a succession of crises. Their teams have adapted, taking into account the objectives of increasing their visitor numbers, developing their digital activities and transforming their primary missions of heritage promotion and mediation. These changes are profoundly transforming the original role and concept of ecomuseums in France, Europe and the rest of the world. These multi-faceted cultural structures, once testing grounds for a new museology involving local populations in their museographic choices, and for the management of their collections, seem to be at a historic turning point in their evolution. Ecomuseums are playing an unidentified role in transmitting gestures and practices that can help combat the environmental crises caused by climate change. The involvement of local residents and responsible tourists can help raise awareness of the need to bring man closer to nature. The aim of this project is to initiate research on a European and international scale, bringing together researchers from different disciplines and stakeholders involved in the question of the human-nature relationship in the ecological and tourism transition of territories.

UPNA-UPPA-3.2.08 : Urban networks y societies between Navarra and Bearn (XIIe-mi XVe s.).

Supervisors : Eloisa Ramirez Vaquero (UPNA) & Véronique Lamazou-Duplan (UPPA).

Noble and aristocratic society has been strongly studied in Navarra and Bearn. This proposal is interested in cities and urban elites, their family and business networks (artisan elites, larger-scale merchants, transporters, specially between Spain and France), their systems of legitimation and representation, their involvement in politics (in the town, but also in the service of the Kingdom of Navarre or the Viscounty of Bearn, church…), frameworks of sociability and the relevance of more neglected sectors, such as women in the urban world. The chronology would start from the end of the 12th century, where we have the first reasonable documentary pieces, and would reach the central years of the 15th century, until the beginning of civil struggles in Navarre, understanding that social phenomena must be addressed over the long term, and before the Viscounts' accession to the throne of Navarre. In Navarra, although the Pamplona case and, in part, that of Olite, are more worked on, the centers of Tudela, Estella and Sangüesa have not received attention. San Juan de Pie de Puerto is also very little known from this perspective. Tudela, in particular, presents municipal archives of great importance and scarcely worked within the framework of long-term investigations focused on its political society. In Bearn, the towns are often smaller than in Navarre, but belong to the same cultural unit (“Pays de Fors”). The towns selected are mainly Morlaàs, Orthez, Oloron, Lescar, Pau, but also Sauveterre-de-Béarn and Nay for their commercial function. They have never been studied for their urban elites society, their networks in Bearn, with Navarre or other regions (Aragon, Toulouse, Bayonne, Guyenne and England).

UPNA-UPPA-3.2.09 : Restoring the memory of the Spanish Civil War: towards a common trans-Pyrenean heritage?

Supervisors Gemma Piérola Narvarte (UPNA) & Laurent Dornel (UPPA).

While history is the scientific study of past events, memory is the subjective transmission of memories between individuals. Memory work is therefore a process of construction and sharing, in which memories, necessarily plural, are heard and included in the elaboration of historical discourse. It is both a key to rebuilding and understanding communities, and a tool for democratic defense. Memory work combines scientific research (data compilation, geographical organization, archaeological digs, DNA identification, testimonies), education (transmission of narratives to various audiences, publications) and heritage (transmission and concretization: war memorials, commemorative itineraries). In recent years, the French presidential election and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as in many other countries, have shown that the desire to transform the present is based on an alarming rewriting of the past. Consequently, the work of memory remains fundamental, in order to guarantee the plurality of testimonies and historical discourse, and to counter the manipulation of facts deceptively presented as “alternative”. The project aims to explain Pyrenean memory practices in the light of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the years of repression that followed. Focusing in particular on the analysis of memorial institutions such as the Navarrese Institute of Memory in Pamplona, the study will compare the mechanisms for restoring the memory of this conflict in a trans-Pyrenean dynamic. Based on the Spanish case, the aim is to gain a better understanding of the re-articulation of epistemological and political issues in historical work in contemporary societies.

UPNA-UPPA-3.2.10 : Textile heritage in rural and mountain environments: material and intangible dimension. Continuities and evolutions.

Supervisors : Alfredo Asiain (UPNA) & Mathilde Lamothe (UPPA).

The textile heritage has barely been investigated, much less in rural and mountain areas. It is a field of study with few methodological reference works, perhaps because it is a feminized heritage and, therefore, relegated. However, it is an object of study of great interest for several reasons. Firstly, because it presents in an indivisible way a material and an immaterial dimension, which can be a paradigm for the study of other tangible heritages. Secondly, because it includes both the processes and techniques of growing and collecting raw materials, manufacturing fabrics, and making and decorating them. Thirdly, because it is related to everyday life and its narrative, but also to festive and identity expressions and their narratives. Finally, because it is a heritage that is constantly evolving, even open to the innovations of current designers. Generating a reference methodology for the study of such a complex heritage, therefore, is a very important objective. On the other hand, investigating this heritage in rural and mountain areas gives the opportunity to assess adaptive and sustainable responses to this environment. The textile industry is responsible for an enormous ecological footprint both in the manufacturing and management of textile waste. The methodology required for research of this type has to be based on the analysis of very varied contents and sources, among which ethnographic field work is essential.

UPNA-UPPA-3.2.11 : Promotion of intangible cultural heritage with digital inventory and digital mediation tools.

Supervisors: Alfredo Asian (UPNA) & Patricia Heininger-Casteret (UPPA).

Based on the experience in carrying out digital inventories of intangible cultural heritage in France and Spain (Navarra), the proposal focuses on developing digital tools for geopositioned signage and mediation, which allow the intangible cultural heritage to be valued and made visible. The latest augmented reality and virtual reality technologies will be used in the treatment of the intangible dimension of heritage assets, as well as the concept of ubiquitous learning when proposing educational and mediation applications. The experience of the Chair of Intangible Heritage of Navarra in the design and implementation of a mobile application for heritage signage and education will serve to improve the public's knowledge of ICH, their satisfaction with the mediation offered and the possibilities of sustainable local development based in the heritage. Therefore, a line of applied research is proposed that explores the social and economic uses of ICH through digital tools. This type of research connects perfectly with the work of the ITEM around the valorization of heritage. Specifically, the proposed research axis may address the adaptations of heritage discourse to different target audiences, the generation of more complete and satisfactory experiences for users, quantitative and qualitative studies of audiences, etc. It will be based on the design already implemented to improve and refine the signaling and mediation tool.

UNIZAR-UPPA-4.2.12 : The landscapes of war: material testimonies and narratives of the conflicts of the 19th Century.

Supervisors : Pedro Rujula (UNIZAR) & Laurent Dornel (UPPA).

The Carlist Wars were a civil conflict that marked Spain's entry into the contemporary era. Although the conflict affected the entire peninsula, the main centers were found around the French border -Basque Country-Navarre and Catalonia- and in the mountains of Maestrazgo. The war disrupted the lives of the people. Their territory became a battlefield. The villages were the scene of armed clashes, but they also had to suffer the daily presence of the troops. The Carlist conflict cannot be understood without knowing the territory, the villages, the roads and, in short, the geography of the war. Zumalacárregui became famous for his use of the territory. Cabrera also made use of his knowledge of the people and the characteristics of the country. The project proposes to study the remains that remain of the territory in which the war took place and to enhance the value of the urban and natural heritage remains that refer to the conflict. In this way, the aim is to reinforce the identity of the territory with the knowledge of its own past. And, at the same time, to preserve the architectural or natural elements that allow us to identify the effects of the war even today.

Tous les sujets

Consultez tous les sujets de thèses CHORAL proposés à l’adresse :


Modalités de candidature

Les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu'au 22 mars 2024

pour 14 bourses sur plusieurs sujets de recherche de doctorat dans les 7 universités de l'Alliance UNITA, pour 36 mois financés à partir de l'automne 2024. Chaque candidat peut postuler à 3 sujets de recherche parmi ceux listés dans le programme.

NB : Les candidats ne doivent pas avoir résidé ou exercé leur activité principale (travail, études, etc.) dans le pays de l'université qui recrute pendant plus de 12 mois au cours des 36 mois précédant la date de clôture de l'appel.

Les candidatures se font via la plateforme CHORAL et doit comporter les éléments suivants :

  • The candidate’s extended CV (PDF format – a template will be provided), which will contain information including identity, education background, research activities track record and a list of two referees (who will provide reference letters)
  • Ethics and security issues self-assessment
  • A personal statement (PDF format –  template  provided), including : general motivation letter for participation in CHORAL and the research topic, qualifications and achievements, career development objectives, collaboration requested beyond higher education sectr for short stays.
  • Reference letters : two reference letters must be included. Each referee will provide a letter concerning the applicant’s previous research activities, research capacity and work experience.
  • Copies of certificate of academic degrees and marks reports during the Master’s studies ; for candidates with a master degree in progress during the academic year of the call, marks and rankings corresponding to the first semester of the course.
  • Copies of certificates of English language : Cambridge First Certificate or equivalent, TOEIC, TOEFL, a certificate of your Master’s university attesting the English level.
  • Copy of a valid passport (for non-EU candidates)
  • A declaration on honour attesting all the information declared are true.

Critères d'éligibilité

[en anglais]

The candidate must respect the following eligibility criteria to apply for the CHORAL program:

  • Diploma: the candidate must be doctoral candidate, it’s to say not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the deadline of the call. The candidate must be in possession of a Master’s Degree enabling to do a PhD in Social Sciences, Arts, Architecture and Humanities applied to Cultural Heritage.
  • Seniority: Any candidate in possession of the required diploma can apply regardless of the year of the obtention of the diploma.
  • Mobility rule: Marie Curie Actions Rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the recruiting entity for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the date of the call deadline. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not considered.
  • Nationality: The call is open to researchers of any nationality.
  • Language: Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proofs of proficiency of this required language skills, at least Cambridge First Certificate or equivalent.
  • Number of applications: Possibility to apply to 3 PhD research topics topics offered within a call for proposals.
  • The candidates have to make sure to be in possession of a visa to work in European Union.
  • Formal proposal criteria: application submitted before the deadline (all required support documents must be submitted online via the call website), completeness of the application, application submitted in English.

Retrouvez la présentation du programme et les critères d'éligibilité via l’adresse : https://www.research.univ-unita.eu/en/choral-project.html


(en anglais)

The selection process will follow the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. All evaluators involved in the selection will be independent, with no conflict of interest.

CHORAL selection process consists of three parts :

  • Eligibility criteria evaluation

  • Experts evaluation : a review panel with three external expert will evaluate the CV, personal statement, marks and referres letters. None of them will be affiliated to UPPA or CHORAL partners.

The best-ranked proposals for each PhD topics will be short-listed for interviews, and applicants will be informed of the output of this step by the PM, via the online platform.

  • Interviews of the candidates : the selected candidates will be interviewed by a selection comittee. After all the interviews, a proposal ranking list for each PhD position will be issued, including a principal and a reserve list.

CHORAL will ensue a truly independant transparent, excellent and professional evaluation of all the applications submitted under the different calls. CHORAL will carry out an intensive campaign to find the best researchers and scientific professionals worldwide to take part in its review panel as external reviewers.

Selections will be made regardless of gender, nationality, religion, ethnicity and cultural background, but aiming for a good balance among the group.


  • UPPA, Avenue du Doyen Poplawski
    Pau, France (64)

Event attendance modalities

Full online event


  • Friday, March 22, 2024


  • histoire, patrimoine, environnement, patrimoine culturel immatériel, aménagement, tourisme, territoire, culture, frontières, Pyrénées, société, espace urbain


  • Giovanna Hendel
    courriel : giovanna [dot] hendel [at] unito [dot] it

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Joëlle Saucès
    courriel : joelle [dot] sauces [at] univ-pau [dot] fr


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« Bourses doctorales Choral-UNITA sur le patrimoine culturel », Scholarship, prize and job offer, Calenda, Published on Friday, March 08, 2024, https://doi.org/10.58079/vzix

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