“Profession Culture”

Every year, the BnF hosts foreign culture professionals as part of the “Profession Culture” programme. During a stay of one to three months, residents devote themselves to the study of a theme, a collection or a project closely related to the library’s activities accompanied by a tutor.

The programme “Profession Culture”

“Profession Culture” is a residency programme in France for foreign professionals working in the culture field in their respective countries. It was launched in 2003 by the Ministry of Culture, which made it a priority in terms of international action. It is implemented by French public cultural institutions under the supervision of the Ministry.

The motto of this programme is reciprocity of exchange. It is intended for cultural professionals in order to provide them an in-depth experience of French cultural practices. This programme aims at fostering the establishment of sustainable exchange networks between French public institutions and their international counterparts, and more broadly, to develop cultural relations between countries. On return to their home countries, each of the residents will have optimised its know-how, its knowledge, and will have built up a network of French correspondents.

Participation to this programme is subject to selection. A call for applications takes place once a year, usually at the end of the year on the basis of a calendar established by the Ministry of Culture. The call is announced on our website where practical information and relevant forms are then made available to candidates.

BnF’s residents in 2017

Mr Gaétan SOME, Head of the 35 mm / 16 mm Film Scanner and Calibration Unit at the Imagine Institute of Burkina Faso.

  • Subject: safeguarding audiovisual heritage. His residency is part of the collaboration scheme between the BnF and the International Organisation of the Francophonie around the project “Digital Capital”
  • Host department: Audiovisual Department, Collections Directorate

Mr Makhone TOURE, Archives curator, Head of the Contemporary Archives Division and Head of the Research Department at the National Archives of Senegal.

  • Subject: Preservation of the colonial press published in French West Africa (AOF) preserved in Paris. The objective was to draw up a cross inventory of the collections of the AOF press kept at the National Archives of Senegal and at the BnF, with the dual perspective of the completeness of both collections and creation of a digital portal of the National Archives of Senegal. A second objective consisted in selecting resources available in Gallica to enrich the Francophone Digital Library.
  • Host Department: Scientific and Technical Affairs Coordination Mission, Collections Directorate

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


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