Cultural Anthropology and History
There is not one African society, but many societies, each of which has its specific features.
We study the past, present, functioning and production of these societies. Our research mainly focuses on:
- prehistory and archaeology
- peoples and their cultural productions
- colonial history
- political systems
Fieldwork is carried out in Africa, but also among the diaspora.
The study of collections and archives is essential. We oversee their preservation, digitisation and promotion, through research, exhibitions and various publications.
We work in collaboration with scientific institutions, particularly those in Africa.
We study the cultural materials of Africa using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes archaeology, historical linguistics and art history.
Culture and Society
Our research looks at the oral cultures and societies of Africa from the perspective of a variety of disciplines: linguistics, anthropology, musicology, history and art history.
History and Politics
We specialise primarily in the colonial and postcolonial history of the DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Archives and Collection Management
We oversee the management of the human sciences collections and archives.