Center for Research and Documentation on Oceania

The Center for Research and Documentation on Oceania , also known as CREDO ( Center for Research and Documentation on Oceania ) is a cross-disciplinary research laboratory in social and cultural anthropology, history and archeology, researchers and lecturers from three institutions CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) and the University of Provence . Its main focus of research and teaching are the past and contemporary societies of the Pacific, Australia included.


The CREDO was created in 1995 as an UMR (Mixed Research Unit) of the CNRS and the EHESS in Marseilles, France . The main founders of the CREDO are Pierre Lemonnier and Serge Tcherkézoff, with Maurice Godelier. From the very first year of its creation, its members were appointed to the University of Provence in order to teach and supervise students from both major institutions in the South of France in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

In early March 1999, the CREDO left its original location in the Old Charity, hosted by the EHESS, and moved to the St. Charles campus at the University of Provence. Next to IRSEA (Laboratory on South-East Asia), the CREDO is one of the three constituents of the Asia Pacific House.

Previous directors of the Center were Maurice Godelier [1] and Serge Tcherkézoff . [2] The current director is Laurent Dousset . [3]

Research activities

The CREDO is engaged in a wide number of research activities that are currently divided into 6 general themes:

  • Theme 1 : Configuration and dynamics of identity : historical and contemporary processes of national constructions, regionalization and globalization.
  • Theme 2 : Knowledge of the past: Critical Historiography of the Pacific
  • Theme 3 : The person: gender and kinship , sexuation, socialization and individuation.
  • Theme 4 : Ritual Logics: Symbolic, Relational and Cognitive Approaches
  • Theme 5 : Anthropology of knowledge: material culture, aesthetic manifestations and biodiversity
  • Theme 6 : Visual anthropology , hypermedia and information systems

Center for Documentation

The CREDO hosts its own center for documentation specialized in pacific publications and archival material. Currently, the center has more than 8000 books, and is subscribed to 23 scientific journals. It also owns a number of theses, offprints, various collections etc. The online catalog of the collection is accessible from the CREDO webpage

Particular projects

The CREDO is involved in research and documentary projects, including:

  • ODSAS (Online Digital Sources and Annotation System), with the CNRS .
  • AustKin , with the Australian National University .
  • Pacific Encounters, with the University of Auckland and the Australian National University .

Recent publications by the CREDO

  • BONNEMÈRE, P. (in collaboration with I. Théry) 2008 (ed). What kind does people do. Paris: Editions of the EHESS (Survey Collection).
  • BONNEMERE, P. 2008 “From the body to the link. The implication of the mothers in the male initiations of the Ankave-Anga “, in I. Théry and P. Bonnemère (eds), What the gender does to the people. Paris: Editions of the EHESS (Survey Collection): pp. 75-90.
  • BONNEMÈRE, P. and LEMONNIER, P. 2007. The drums of oblivion. The Ordinary and Ceremonial Life of a Forest People of Papua / Drumming to Forget: Ordinary Life and Ceremonies among Papua New Guinea Group of Forest-Dwellers. Papeete: Windward Islands / Quai Branly Museum (“Pacific Culture” Coll., 2007). [French / English bilingual work].
  • BRUTTI, L. 2007. “From fertility rituals to mining companies: eco-cultural issues and land rights in Oksapmin (PNG)”, Journal of the Society of Oceanists 125: 249-255.
  • BRUTTI, L. 2007. The Papuans. A singular diversity. Paris: Gallimard
  • COUPAYE, L. 2007. “Beyond Mediation: The Long Yams of Papua New Guinea”, in Global and Local Art Histories, directed by Celina Jeffrey & Gregory Minissale. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Press: 205-220.
  • COUPAYE, L. 2007. “Portraits Abelam”, in Arts & Cultures 2007 : 258-275.
  • COUPAYE, L. and A.-S. Rolland. 2007. “Sculpture of the Abelam of Papua New Guinea”, in La Revue du Louvre , 74-77.
  • DI PIAZZA A, PEARTHREE E & SAND C. (eds.) 2008. “At the heart of ancient societies.” French contributions to Pacific Archeology. The Cahiers de l’Archeologie in New Caledonia 18, Nouméa.
  • DI PIAZZA A. & PEARTHREE E. (eds.) 2008. Canoes of the Great Ocean. BAR Archaeopress, Oxford.
  • DI PIAZZA, A. and PEARTHREE, E. 2007 – A New Reading of Tupaia’s Chart. The Journal of the Polynesian Society 116 (3): 321-340.
  • DI PIAZZA, A. and PEARTHREE, E. 2007 – Sailing Virtual Canoes Across Oceania. Revisiting island accessibility. Journal of Archaeological Science 34 (8): 1219-1225.
  • DI PIAZZA, A., KEMPF, W. and PEARTHREE, E. 2007 – Mapping Oceania past and present: movements, geographies, identities. Journal of the Society of Oceanists 125 (2): 209-212.
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON F. 2008. “Foreword”, in F. Douaire-Marsaudon, A. Guillemin and C. Zheng, Christian Missionaries, Asia and the Pacific, XIX-XX, Paris, Editions Autrement (coll. .
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. (with A. Guillemin and C. Zheng [eds]), 2008. Christian Missionaries, Asia and the Pacific, 19th-20th. Paris: Editions Autrement (Collected Memoirs / History)
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. (ed.), 2008. Grandmothers, grandfathers. Grandparenthood in Asia and the Pacific: Figures, Practices, Pathways. Aix-Marseille: Publications of the University of Provence.
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2007. “Inventing Tradition: Building Links to the Past and Rooting Them in History”, in Michael Hsiao The Frontiers of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies. Taipei: Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica, pp. 199-209.
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2007. “Polynesia”; “Gauguin to the islands”; “Wallis and Futuna” in JP Rioux (ed), Dictionary of colonial France, Paris: Flammarion, resp. p. 377-84, p. 385-87, p. 403-07, 2007.
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2008. “Desire to write. The Role of Writing in Christianization in Tonga (Polynesia) “, in F. Douaire-Marsaudon, A. Guillemin and C. Zheng, Christian Missionaries, Asia and the Pacific, XIX-XX, Paris, Editions Autrement (coll. /History).
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2008. “The missionaries in their works. Educate, heal, build, “in coll. with A. Guillemin and C. Zheng, in F. Douaire-Marsaudon, A. Guillemin and C. Zheng, Christian Missionaries, Asia and the Pacific, XIXth-XXth, Paris, Editions Autrement (Memoirs / History).
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2008. “Introduction”, in F. Douaire-Marsaudon (ed.), Grandmothers, grandfathers. Grandparenthood in Asia and the Pacific: Figures, Practices, Pathways. Aix-Marseille, Publications of the University of Provence, pp. 7-15.
  • DOUAIRE-MARSAUDON, F. 2008. “On the way of the ancestors. Grandparentality in Tonga (Polynesia) “, in F. Douaire-Marsaudon (ed.), Grandmothers, grandfathers. Grandparenthood in Asia and the Pacific: Figures, Practices, Pathways. Aix-Marseille, Publications of the University of Provence, pp. 92-103.
  • DOUSSET L. & GLASKIN K. 2007. “Western Desert and Native Title: How Models Become Myths”, Anthropological Forum, 17 (2): 127-148.
  • DOUSSET L. 2007. “‘There is no such thing as a kin-based society’: A review article,” Anthropological Forum, 17 (1): 61-69.
  • GODELIER M. 2008. “At the heart of social relations: the imaginary archaeologists perceive only the symbolic remains”. Archæopagus, Special Issue, “Construction of Archeology”, 2008, pp. 81-83
  • GODELIER M. 2008. “Anthropology, by Maurice Godelier” (Sunday, March 2, 2008). In: Who do you say I am? Lenten Conference of Paris 2008. Presentation by Cardinal andré Vingt-Trois. Paris, Word and Silence Publishing, 2008, pp 75-86.
  • GODELIER M. 2008. “Maurice Godelier” In: How I became an Ethnologist. Under the direction of Anne Dhoquois. Editions Le Cavalier Bleu, 2008, pp. 111-131
  • GODELIER M. 2008. “Foreword” to Sexuality in France. Practices, Gender and Health. Under the dir. Nathalie Bajos and Michel Bozon. Paris, The Discovery, 2008, pp 9-16.
  • GODELIER M. 2008. “Inaugural Raymond Firth Lecture,” Journal of the Society of Oceanists , 125 (2): 181-192
  • GODELIER, M. 2007. At the foundation of human societies: What we ap. take anthropology. Paris: Albin Michel, Library Ideas.
  • GODELIER, M. 2008. In and out of the Western Tradition, Charlottesville, Virginia University Press.
  • GODELIER, M. 2008. Russian translation of the enigma of the gift .
  • HONTHEIM A. 2007. “Jungle to Church: Missionaries and the military co-operate in converting the Asmat to Christianity”. Inside Indonesia 89 [April-June Special Issue: Freedom of religion]: 14-15.
  • HONTHEIM A. of 2007. “The cross in the agenda: attempts at domestication of time asmat”. In Body, performance, religion. Anthropological studies offered to Philippe Jespers, Joel Noret and Pierre Petit (dir.), 309-327. Paris: Publibook.
  • LEMONNIER P. (with E. Venbrux) (ed.) 2007. Hertz revisited (1907-2007). Objects and changes in funeral rituals. Dossier of the Journal of the Society of Oceanists 124 (1): 3-103.
  • LEMONNIER P. 2007. “Mobilization of myths, history and ancestral bodies in the progressive construction of male identities anga (Papua New Guinea)”, The News of Archeology, January 2007.
  • LEMONNIER P. 2007. “Objects of ambiguity. Funeral ankave (Papua New Guinea), Journal of the Society of Oceanists 124 (1): 33-43.
  • PAUWELS, S. 2007. “Boat Symbolism, Ritual, and its Political Organization in Eastern Indonesia”. The Frontiers of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies, 2006 (Center for Asia Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica, Taiwan).
  • PAUWELS, S. 2007. “A trophy makes girl or when the stranger does not exist”. The ethnographic relation, ethnological trajectories, Ateliers du Lesc, n ° 33 (
  • PAUWELS, S. 2008. “In the name (of) fame”, in Grandma, grandfather, links, figures and practices of grandparenthood in Asian and Pacific societies, ed. F. Douaire-Marsaudon. Marseille: Publications of the University of Provence, pp. 58-65.
  • PAUWELS, S. 2008. A predatory sailboat. Renowned and fertile in the Indonesian island of Selaru. Paris: The Savant Indes.
  • REVOLON, S. 2007a “In the footsteps of woriwori objects,” for sale “. Contemporary forms of trade in carved objects among the Owa of Aorigi (Eastern Solomon Islands) “. South Pacific: Proof of Capitalism, Cahiers du Pacifique Sud Contemporain No. 4: 86-111
  • REVOLON, S. 2007b “” Spirits love what is beautiful “. Forms, meanings and ritual efficiency of owa (East Solomon Islands) sculptures “. Annals of the Fyssen Foundation 21: 63-75
  • REVOLON, S. 2007c “The dead are looking at us. Place and role of the apira ni farunga (“ceremonial bowls”) in post-funeral wakes in Aorigi (Eastern Solomon Islands). Hertz revisited (1907-2007) Journal of the Society of Oceanists 124 (1): 59-67
  • TABANI, M. 2008. A Priiogue for Paradise: The John Frum Cult in Tanna (Vanuatu). Paris: Editions of the House of the Sciences of the Man. 255P.
  • TCHERKEZOFF, S. 2009 (with M. Jolly & D. Tryon eds) Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence. Canberra: ANU E-Press.
  • TCHERKÉZOFF, S. 2008. Polynesia / Melanesia: the French invention of “races” and regions of Oceania. Papeete: In the Wind of the Islands.
  • TCHERKÉZOFF, S. 2008 “Hierarchy is not inequality, in Polynesia for instance”, in Persistence and Transformation in Social Training, Knut Rio and Olaf H. Smedal (eds.), Oxford, Berghahn, p. 299-329.
  • TCHERKÉZOFF, S. 2007 “Editorial” and “Introduction”, in White Paper of Research in New Caledonia. Noumea: Government of New Caledonia and IRD.
  • TCHERKÉZOFF, S. 2007 “The Maori and the vahiné”, Human Sciences, 186 (October): 31.
  • VAN DER GRIJP P. 2007. “Precious Objects with a Natural Touch: Endangered Species and the Predilection for the Exotic”, in H.-HM Hsiao (ed.): The Frontiers of Southeast Asia and Pacific Studies. Taipei: Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Academia Sinica, pp. 267-295.
  • VAN DER GRIJP P. 2007. “Recombination of South Pacific Market Experiences: The Case of Wallis”. The Ricerca Folklorica 55: 95-107.
  • VAN DER GRIJP P. 2007. “Types in stereotypes: Erotische representaties van het exotische” (= “Types and stereotypes: erotic representations of the exotic”). Streven 74: 28-39.
  • VAN DER GRIJP, ​​P. 2007. “Asian Art Crossing Frontiers: Globalization and Mutual Exoticism in Asia and Europe”. Asia-Pacific Forum 36: 268-296.
  • VAN DER GRIJP, ​​P. 2007. “Economic Issues and Cultural Identity in Tonga. In C. Demmer and M. Salaün (eds.): The Test of Capitalism: Economic Dynamics in the Pacific, p. 159-176. [Cahiers du Pacifique Sud Contemporain 4]. Paris: The Harmattan.


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