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Oceanists Society


Oceanists Society

The Oceanists Society is a group of people interested in the socio-cultural world of Australia, Melanesia and the large Polynesian triangle. These lands, spread out over a vast maritime space, are places of memory for the people who inhabit them and have created many different forms of social and cultural organizations.

The Oceanists Society is a non-profit association that was created in 1945 at the musée de l'Homme in Paris. It evolved from two older learned societies: the Society for Oceanian Studies, founded in Papeete (Tahiti), and the Society for Melanesian Studies, founded in Nouméa (New Caledonia). Its headquarters are at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. The purpose of the Society for Oceanists’ activities is to facilitate and exchange views in diverse areas that have as much to do with the human and social sciences as with natural sciences. These activities include the organization of meetings and symposiums, as well the Society of Oceanists’ journal and its publications.


In partnership with the Oceanian International Film Festival (FIFO), the Oceanist Society is organising the second Thursday of the month, one month out of two, a screening, followed by a debate:

Thursday - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cinema room of the quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac
Free entry, within the limits of available places

The programming and our news can be found on our website: www.oceanistes.org

The Journal of the Oceanists Society

The role of the Journal of the Oceanists Society (French-language acronym, JSO), which has been in existence since 1945, is to publish scientific articles about Oceania (broadly speaking), especially those that have to do with the past and present of its populations.

The JSO publishes two issues a year (or a double issue), with the help of the CNRS and the CNL.

For some years now, each volume has been created around a thematic file, in which we include our customary headings (miscellaneous, news, progress reports on works, and lists of accepted works…).


For complete information, contact the Editor-In-Chief, Isabelle Leblic at leblic(at)vjf.cnrs.fr, or the Oceanists Society’s secretarial staff at sdo(at)projetmuse.net.

For a list of summaries, abstracts of articles, progress reports on works, and a list of works accepted for review, go to http://www.oceanistes.org.