Welcome to CREDO

Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, EHESS, CREDO UMR 7308, 13003, Marseille, France


CREDO is a pluri-disciplinary centre for research and documentation specialized in Pacific Studies, in particular in anthropology, archaeology, history, ethnolinguistics and ethnomusicology.

Members of CREDO are staff of three institutions: the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) and AMU (Aix-Marseille University). 

CREDO staff teach and enrol students at all levels at the EHESS and at Aix-Marseille University.


New publications and public lectures

Nouvelles parutions


Visiting Fellows

► Denis Monnerie, Professor of anthropology at the University of Strasbourg and a New Caledonia specialist, is assigned to CNRS for a year at CREDO from September 1st, 2016
► Borut Telban, Professeur, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts, from April the 1st to July the 1st 2017 (Aix Marseille University and EHESS funding)
► John Barker, Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Vancouver), April/May 2017 (EHESS funding)
► Andrei Tutorski, Associate Professor Department of Ethnology Moscow State University (Russian Federation), June 2017 (Embassy of France in Russia funding)
► Jan Fraenkel

The CREDO Seminar series: "Actualité de la recherche en Océanie"

The program for 2016-2017 is on this page

The seminar takes place every Sunday from 10 to 12:30
Espace Yves Mathieu 
Université d'Aix-Marseille Campus St Charles 
3 Place victor Hugo 13003 Marseille (France)

In order to come


Scientific publications

Publication from CREDO members are available below (HAL SHS open database dedicated to the stockage and diffusion of scientific papers) 
► Accès aux listes


Scientific mediation

► From January 20 to March 2, 2017
The exhibition Lokol Stael : Regards ethnographiques sur le quotidien au Vanuatu (Malekula et Tongoa)
is on at the Café Villageois in Lauris (84360)
Preview will take place on January 20 at 19:30. A meal cooked by the "Au Maquis" Association with a recipe inspired from Vanuatu will be available.
Jocelyn Aznar and Maëlle Calandra will give a conference about Vanuatu and present their works.

All information on scientific mediation


Focus on particular CREDO research projects, with news, developments and updates

James Leach
Toolkit to Facilitate the Collaborative Documentation and Revaluation of Bio-Cultural Knowledge in Papua New Guinea

The project was initially to develop a ‘toolkit’ that people in rural areas in Papua New Guinea can use to document their traditional and ecological knowledge. The toolkit is now available online.

The toolkit has been used by Reite people to begin to document their traditional knowledge and the first booklets that that made have been put online in an ‘online library’. Reite online library

There is also the start of an online library for a community called Tokain from the north coast of Madang Province.
Tokain online library

 An ongoing report and documentation on the project and the activities is available.

And earlier this year, James Leach began investigating how the toolkit would be of use to people working at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.
There is a report on this here
In August, he will go back to Vanuatu with three people from Reite village in PNG to further share the process of documentation with Vanuatu people.

After this, Porer Nombo and James Leach will travel to Hawaii to contribute to the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Ongoing projects

ecopaslogo smallEuropean Consortium for Pacific Studies (ECOPAS) is a multidisciplinary project designed to provide coordination and support to research on the Pacific region, in particular on climate change and related issues and processes. Funder: European Union.

pacstudiespacific-studies.net : a result of the ECOPAS programme, this plateform is a harvester of ressources and expertise on the Pacific.

Corail logoLabex Corail (Laboratory of Excellence) for "Coral reefs in the face of global change" (CORAIL) has been set up in order to improve research into coral reefs.

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e-Toile Pacifique (Network of francophone Pacific Studies)

ChristensenFundLogoToolkit to Facilitate the Collaborative Documentation and Revaluation of Bio-Cultural Knowledge in Papua New Guinea
Funders: The Christensen Fund (US)

LogoARCAustKin: database and mapping of Australian kinship and social organisation. Co-funded by the Australian Research Council; in collaboration with ANU.

ODSAS: Online Digital Sources and Annotation Systems is an archival platform developped by the center for storing and manipulating reserach documents