Pascale Bonnemère

Status: Senior Researcher, CNRS (HDR)

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  • 1989-97 : GDR 116 - ITSO (“Identités et transformations
    des sociétés océaniennes”)
  • since 1995: UMR 7308 [formerly 6574]- CREDO
  • since 1987: Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical research
  • 2002-2011: National Film Institute

Research topics 

Papua New Guinea (Ankave ; Anga groups)

Life-cycle rituals
Gender and representations of the person
Male initiations
Food taboos
Knowledge acquisition and transmission

2009-2011 : Member of the ANR-funded project A Mysticism for All. Conception of the Individual and the Conditions of Evangelical Protestantism Emergence: Europe, Maghreb, Arctic, Oceania (coordination: Ch. Pons, CNRS, IDEMEC, Aix-en-Provence)


  • 1992-94: Lecturer at the St-Antoine Hospital, Paris
  • 2000-06: Lecturer at Université de Provence
  • Paysage1995-2006: co-organiser of the seminar “Histoire et anthropologie de l’Océanie” (EHESS, Marseilles).
  • 2002-2011: co-organiser of the “La dimension sexuée de la vie sociale : pour une anthropologie comparative (ethnologie, sociologie, histoire)” seminar (EHESS, Marseilles).
  • 2004-2015: co-organiser of the "Histoire et Épistémologie de la distinction de sexe” Master course (EHESS, Marseilles).
  • 2014: co-organiser of the "La distinction de sexe et la notion de nature” Master course (EHESS, Marseilles).

Administration and research and teaching responsibilities

Opingone taro

  • At the initiative (2000) and responsible (2000-06) of the l’U.E. “Sociétés de l’aire Asie-Pacifique” at Université de Provence (DEUG level, having become L1/L2 in 2004-05).
  • 1996-1997: Setting and co-gestion (with A. Provansal, then CREDO manager) of the Centre de Documentation associated with CREDO (Pacific collection of the Maison Asie-Pacifique)
  • since 2005: Member of the APRAS (Association pour la recherche en anthropologie sociale) Administration Committee
  • since 2007: Member of the Société des Océanistes Administration Committee
  • since 2008: Member of the CREDO Ethical Committee
  • since 2009: Member of the pacific-credo Publications Editorial Committee
  • since 2010: Vice-president of the Société des Océanistes
  • 2011-2012: Member of the "Anthropologie et étude comparative des sociétés contemporaines" Committee of the CNRS Comité National
  • 2012-end of June 2014 : Head of the Maison Asie-Pacifique (UMS)
  • July 2014-2017 : Head of CREDO
  • since 2016 : Member of the Aix-Marseille University Doctoral School ED355 'Espaces, Cultures, Sociétés" Committee
  • since July 2017 : Member of the Board of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO) 
  • since 2019 : Treasurer of the Société des Océanistes
  • since July 2020 : Member of the Society for Ethnographic Theory
  • since 2020 : President of the Société des Océanistes


  • Master in Archaeology (Univ. Paris I, 1983)
  • DEA in Archaeology (Univ. Paris I, 1984)
  • DEA in Social Anthropology (EHESS, 1987)
  • PhD Grant from Ministère de la recherche (Oct. 1987- sept. 1990)
  • Grant from Fondation Fyssen (1992-93)
  • PhD in Social Anthropology (EHESS 1993; dir. M. Godelier)
  • HDR ("Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches"), EPHE 2011