CREDO is a multidisciplinary research and documentation center specializing in societies in the South Pacific in the fields of social and cultural anthropology, history and archeology, ethnomusicology and ethnolinguistics. The laboratory consists of staff from three institutions: the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), EHESS (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences) and the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU). The members of the CREDO provide teaching and supervise students at the University of Aix-Marseille and the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Marseille.
CREDO is the only French laboratory that makes the study of the South Pacific its specialty in the fields of: Social and cultural anthropology, the story, Archeology, linguistics, Ethnomusicology. For the next five-year period, CREDO will work along four lines: • Axis 1: Emergencies: innovation and creativity in the Pacific • Axis 2: Making worlds: knowledge, perceptions, material practices and relationships • Axis 3: You said democracy? History and Anthropology • Axis 4: Sovereignty and Radicality: Globalized imaginary and local constructions.
The Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l'Océanie, also known as CREDO (Center for Research and Documentation on Oceania) is a cross-disciplinary research laboratory in social and cultural anthropology, history and archaeology including researchers and lecturers from three institutions: the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the 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 (Unité Mixe de Recherche) of the CNRS and the EHESS in Marseilles, France. The principal founders of the CREDO are Pierre Lemonnier and Serge Tcherkézoff, with Maurice Godelier. From the very first year of its creation, its membres wanted to be associated 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.
The CREDO is engaged in a great number of research activities that are currently divided into 6 general themes: Theme 1 : Configuration and dynamics of identity: historical and contemporaneous processes of national constructions, regionalization and globalization. Theme 2 : Knowledge of the past: A 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