Serge Tcherkézoff

Professor of anthropology (Directeur d'Etudes)

Institution: EHESS Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
(Institute of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Ministry of Research and Education, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille)


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Maison Asie Pacifique
Université de Provence
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13003 Marseille - FRANCE

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Polynesia (anthropology, ethnohistoy)

Historical critique of European visions applied to the Pacific, Oceania... and to their subdivisions ("Melanesia", "Polynesia"...).

Reconsideration of European narratives on first and early encounters with Polynesians: when Polynesians discovered the Papalagi, Popaa, Haole, Pakeha...

History of holist theories in French social anthropology


Thèse / Ph. D., EHESS, 1981 on some African sacred kingship precolonial systems (Nyamwezi-Sukuma)

Member of EHESS since 1979

Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, since 2002

2004-2006: ARC International Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Gender Relations Centre, Australian National University


Samoa (Polynésie occidentale): since 1981