BEROSE - International Encyclopedia of the Histories of Anthropology

Principal researcher: Frederico Rosa

External principal researcher:  Christine Laurière (Héritages: Culture/s, Patrimoine/s, Création/s)

Research group: Practices and Politics of Culture


History of anthropology | Ethnographic archives | World anthropologies | Open science

Funding Institution

Agence Nationale de la Recherche e Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication


Héritages: Culture/s, Patrimoine/s, Création/s (coord.); Université de Cergy; BNF; Mucem; GARAE; HUMA-NUM; History of Anthropology Review; La Huit



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BEROSE is an international encyclopaedia of the history of anthropological and ethnological sciences. With an international scientific committee, over eighteen research teams and a constantly expanding network of contributors from all continents, BEROSE is an open access digital humanities project that promotes high-quality open science. Its website can be browsed in English and French. As a scientific publisher (ISSN 2648-2770), BEROSE regularly publishes new encyclopaedic articles in several languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian) throughout the year; these are peer-reviewed by the directors and the editorial board. In addition, BEROSE publishes an e-book series, Les Carnets de Bérose (ISSN 2266-1964), which reflects the vitality of research in the history of anthropology; and organizes scientific meetings (BEROSE meetings). As its title suggests, BEROSE International Encyclopaedia of the Histories of Anthropology reflects the diversity of the learned traditions concerned. One of BEROSE’s ambitions is to produce a thorough genealogy of a science which is sensitive, from its beginnings, to different figures of Otherness. The project is based on the conviction that there is no single anthropology but a wide range of scholarly traditions and that their respective histories and challenges are also multiple. The pluralization of the history of anthropology claimed by BEROSE makes it possible to highlight the past richness of World Anthropologies, which are often ignored, underestimated or forgotten in hegemonic circles. BEROSE contributes to this pluralization and feminization as a challenge that concerns not only the “history-less anthropologies” but also for Western or Northern anthropologies. The awareness of these plural histories is also based on the fact that they are written by researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, with complementary, sometimes divergent and conflicting ambitions and approaches.


Full members

João Leal

Practices and Politics of Culture

Full members

Sónia Vespeira de Almeida

Practices and Politics of Culture