The players in research
A network of diverse actors contributes to the development of research in ethnology of France and heritage, supported by the Ministry of Culture: ethnopoles, associations, museums, laboratories...
The appellation Ethnopôle is committed to an institution certified by the Ministry of Culture which, in terms of research, information and cultural action, works at both the local and national levels. Through this recognition, the Ministry intends, within the framework specific to each structure, to promote a high-level reflection both in the main axes of development of the ethnological discipline and in a policy of building the foundations of a concerted cultural action.
The network matters 12 Ethnopoles spread over the national territory.
Interactive map of the Ethnopoles
Les conseillers DRAC
La recherche en ethnologie de la France est mise en œuvre sur les territoires par divers acteurs, à commencer par les équipes des Ethnopôles mais également par les conseillers référents dans les directions régionales des Affaires culturelle (DRAC).
Le réseau compte pour l'instant douze référents DRAC pour le patrimoine culturel immatériel.
Les musées d'ethnologie de la France
Plusieurs musées français et francophones possèdent des collections ethnographiques et s'engagent activement dans la recherche et la valorisation de la France.
Opened in 2007 and inaugurated in December 2014, the History of Immigration Museum traces the history of immigration in France. Housed in the former Colonial Museum, it houses, preserves and presents a collection representative of the history, arts and cultures of immigration and offers a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. In contrast to museum uses, the «Gallery of Gifts» preserves objects and testimonies given by the public, witnesses of the donors' personal history.
After six years of renovation, the Museum of Man reopened in 2015. It brings together collections of biological anthropology, prehistory and ethnology and documentary resources. Reconnecting with the concept of museum-laboratory, the Museum of Man is a place of research, teaching and dissemination. The themes of the collections are related to man and his environment. The objects presented follow a linear path: who are we? Where are we from? Where are we going?
The Quai-Branly Museum offers a permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and events related to the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
MAAOA offers a rich collection, both cultural witnesses and works in their own right, from civilizations whose art has long been neglected or even ignored.
A national museum with an international vocation, the MuCEM is part of contemporary networks of international cultural cooperation and is destined to become a place where the meeting of civilizations of the 21st century takes place. His project is part of one-off events and long-term projects linked to the cultures of the Mediterranean and European world.
With nearly 10,000 objects, the SEM collections cover the extra-European world, especially cultures linked to French colonial history.
The Dauphinois Museum places its action in a relationship of closeness with the inhabitants of origin and adoption of the Dauphinois Alps and with their visiting guests. A place of investigation of all periods of Alpine history, it is also a space for reflection on our time. Two to three annual exhibitions, enriched with publications, conferences and debates, explore the fields of archaeology and regional, rural or industrial heritage.
Located in Gatineau, the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Canadian Museum of Civilization) is Canada’s most popular and frequented national museum of human history.
The MEN houses African, American, Arctic, Asian, European, Oceanian collections, as well as collections of ancient Egypt and musical instruments.
Associations, federations and learned societies
TheFrench Association of Ethnology and Anthropology (AFEA) was founded with the ambition to promote the plurality of anthropology, its development, its practices, its transmission and its future in its multiple fields of application. The purpose of the organization is to federate all anthropology associations in France and to bring together all anthropologists individually.
The AFEA counts an online directory of the various laboratories, associations and contacts of ethnologists and anthropologists, available via the portal below.
The objective of theFrench Association of Anthropologists is to promote the development of anthropology and relations between anthropologists, to inform the public about anthropology, to represent French ethnology in international forums and to enlighten anthropologists about their responsibilities. AFA regularly organises scientific events of various types: seminars, round tables, colloquia. It is also the association with the most members, coming not only from Europe but also from French-speaking countries in Africa, America or Asia.
The French Ethnological Society (SEF) , located at the Maison de l'archéologie et de l'ethnologie (Paris Nanterre), organizes trainings, meetings, study days or colloquia on contemporary themes. She has made «Ethnographies plurielles» one of these key areas of reflection and the title of a collection at the Presses Universitaires de Paris Nanterre (PUPN). She also holds the journal Ethnologie française.
The French Society of Visual Anthropology (FVS) is a non-profit association whose mission is to promote anthropological cinema in France, by managing a collection of films of an anthropological character, mainly foreign; by ensuring the distribution of these films in rights-freecommercial, cultural and academic activities; organizing events (festivals, evening screenings, debates, conferences, film-concerts) and promoting the circulation of information on visual anthropology.
The specialized federations
Federation of Ecomuseums and Society Museums Approved solidarity company based in Besançon is a network of innovative non-profit heritage establishments. It is involved in the solidarity economy and local development. The network federates existing structures or foreshadows, placing people and the territory at the centre of their project and focusing on the facts of society: evolution of the rural world, urban cultures, land reconstruction, sustainable development, etc.
Federation of Regional Natural Parks (FPNR) provides national support to Parks whose Charter is threatened, in particular by public or private development projects. It also positions itself on the guidelines of public policies so that the Regional Natural Parks have the necessary means to implement their missions.
Federation of local associations of Remarkable sites of taste 71 sites listed, 10 in the process of approval and more than 5000 members in the territories. Its missions range from federating and revitalizing local sites in their territories, developing the membership of new sites through communication around sites and networks to the development of partnerships.
"A remarkable site of taste is the the inseparable character of a landscape that has evolved over the years and of a production or food chosen by a farming community that has shaped its territory and its environment.".