Welcome to CREDO

Centre for Reserch and Documentation on Oceania

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.

From the 1st July 2014 Pascale Bonnemère is the laboratory director

Visiting Scholars

Prof. Joeli Veitayaki
School of Marine Studies, l'University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji, September-November 2014

The News

Workshop on Fisheries in the Pacific, Marseille, October 2014
"Resources, boundaries and governance: What future for fisheries in the Pacific?"

13-14 October 2014, Jardin du Pharo, Amphithéâtre Gastaut, Marseille

ECOPAS is a multidisciplinary project designed to provide coordination and support to research
and policy on issues connected to climate change and related processes in the Pacific Islands region.
It is dedicated to defining and strengthening the potential of European research in the Pacific by creating a platform and portal for knowledge exchanges, a long- term plan for capacity building, and a strategic plan for Pacific state and non-state involvement.
The partner institutions are BPS (Bergen), CREDO (Aix-Marseille), CPS (St. Andrews) and CPAS
(Nijmegen) in Europe, and two major Pacific institutions: The University of the South Pacific (Fiji)
and the National Research Institute (Papua New Guinea

Workshop, Marseille, December 2014
"People in country, persons in place: a preliminary Sepik (PNG) – Pama-Nyungan (Australia) comparison"
More information

Weekly Centre Seminar
The laboratory's weekly seminars are open to the public. You may attend without any prior notification.
On Friday 5th September 2014 the CREDO hosted Bob Connolly.  He presented his movie Black harvest.

A few ongoing projects

European Consortium for Pacific Studies)
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.

The LABEX (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, with a view to their sustainable management.

e-Toile Pacifique
(Network of francophone Pacific Studies)

Toolkit to Facilitate the Collaborative Documentation and Revaluation of Bio-Cultural Knowledge in Papua New Guinea
Funders: The Christensen Fund (US) 2014-2016
To co-design, test, and make available a simple, cheap, accessible documentation procedure and toolkit to encourage village people, local organizations, and schoolchildren in PNG to preserve and to better understand the on-going value of their bio-cultural heritage.
James Leach (CREDO), Giles Lane (Proboscis, London), Porer Nombo (Reite Village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea)


Various projects are run (related to the laboratory's third theme "The epistemology of sources of knowledge"):
. ODSAS: Online Digital Sources and Annotation System
This is an archiving and on-line data manipulation platform developed by the CREDO. Some of the anthropological documents are accessible to the public website
the implementation of a web site dedicated to New Guinean resources, available on ODSAS, and funded by the consortium of ethnologists (HumaNum). The CREDO also hosts the web sites and archives of Allison and Marek Jablonko. The first of these relates to the Baruya, and the second to the Maring.
. The Pierre Adolphe Lesson Collection (website) and the Asia-Pacific Digital Archives (ADAP): digitization partnership agreements, signed between the Rochefort City Hall and the Rochefort Multimedia library.

this is a collaborative research contract (2012 - 2016)