L’Association Française des Anthropologues (AFA) is a generalist anthropologist association. It was founded in 1979 with the aim of « promoting the development of anthropology and relations between anthropologists, informing the public on anthropology, representing French ethnology in international forums, and enlightening anthropologists on their responsibilities ».

Sensitive to debates on emerging objects and issues relative to our societies, l’AFA wields anthropology as a tool to understanding the globalised world.

Its activities place it at the crux of tensions arising in the disciplinary field, such as the intervention of social sciences in public debate, the defence of higher education and research or concern for the future of young graduates :

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L’AFA belongs to the collective « Revues en lutte » [https://journals.openedition.org/sociologie/] as well as the IUAES (the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences). Additionally, the AFA is a member of the WCAA (the World Council of Anthropological Associations) and a founding member of the AFEA (Association Française des Ethnologues et Anthropologues).

It collaborates with various University laboratories, the « Bistrot des Ethnologues » and the Voluntary Sector’s French Institute.

L’AFA is supported by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Foundation, le Centre National du Livre, le CNRS and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.




Published both in print and on line, the Journal des Anthropologues, formerly the Bulletin de l’Association Française des Anthropologues, is published by the French Association of Anthropologists. It was founded in 1980 with the goal to promote this discipline and, specifically, all that it brings to the social, political and ideological’s understanding of contemporaneous societies.

The Journal defends a comparatist perspective, open to the field analyses of related disciplines (sociology, psychoanalysis, political science, economics, etc.) and to the social analyses of alternative expressions (performing arts, images, etc.).

The different thematic dossiers and their respective calls for papers [link] explore innovative research fields opening up new perspectives for the discipline alongside reflections about its progress. The sections « Research and Debate » ; « Anthropologies at present » ; « Visual Anthropology » ; « Echoes from here and elsewhere »; « Public Anthropology » are mostly devoted to methodological and epistemological considerations as well to evolutions in fieldwork and other procedures of exercising anthropology.

The Journal is published by the editorial committee with assistance from an international scientific committee https://www.afa.msh-paris.fr/

Papers are published in French and English after an assessment process.

To subscribe to the Journal  https://www.afa.msh-paris.fr/or to order issues https://www.afa.msh-paris.fr/

The AFA’s Journal des Anthropologues is supported by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Foundation, le Centre National du Livre, le CNRS and French Ministry of Culture and Communication.


For each issue, the « dossier » brings together a set of unpublished articles organized around a theme developed in a call for papers https://www.afa.msh-paris.fr/

Items must not exceed 40,000 characters (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and French included). They may include images (to be defined with Release Managers).
They are to be sent to the member coordinator team and copied to the following address :

(to protect against spam, replace _AT_ with @)


This section aims to feed the intellectual dynamics of the anthropological discipline. It incorporates articles of various kinds :
– papers opening theoretical, methodological and epistemological reflections.
– Reflections on the future of the discipline.
– Controversial essays and contradictory positions.
– Reactions to articles published in the Journal des anthropologues.

Proposals must not exceed 40,000 characters (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and
French included) and should be sent to:
Annie Benveniste : annie.benveniste_AT_univ-paris8.fr
Nicole Khouri : khouri.n_AT_wanadoo.fr
Monique Selim : monique._AT_ird.fr
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This section is intended for the publication of interviews and/or original texts from
researchers related to recent news. The aim is to present current events more comprehensively

and to add historical and contextual perspectives through anthropology’s political, economic,
social, symbolic and ideological dimensions.

Proposals must not exceed 40,000 characters (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and
French included) and should be sent to :
Marie Rebeyrolle : marie.rebeyrolle_AT_gmail.com
David Puaud : puauddavid _AT_ yahoo.fr
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This section echoes the activity of the discipline. It hosts synthetic articles giving a reasoned
and problematised account of colloquia, congress, seminars, study days, debates, etc… in
France and abroad.

Proposals must not exceed 10,000 characters (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and French included) and should be sent to:
Emir Mahieddin : emir.mahieddin_AT_ehess.fr
Estelle Miramond : estelle.miramond _AT_ gmail.com
Vincent Rubio : rubiovincent_AT_hotmail.com
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This section contains articles that address the contributions of documentary cinema, fiction
films and television productions to anthropology, along with theoretical articles concerning
the use of film, multimedia, photography or performance as supports for creating or retrieving anthropological data. In addition, the section aims to promote European and international
research that renews the organisation of the disciplinary field (teaching, ongoing learning,
direction, diffusion/distribution, archives and media libraries). Its content will be enriched by
film chronicles programmed at events, reviews of publications related to this field of study,
some information on news in visual anthropology (festivals, congresses, colloquia) and
articles about specialized websites.

Proposals must not exceed 40,000 signs (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and
French included) and should be sent to:

Sophie Accolas : sophie.accolas_AT_gmail.com
Nadine Wanono-Gauthier: wanononadine_AT_yahoo.fr
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This section explores the multiple trajectories of anthropology, ranging from investigative practices, artistic collaborations, action-research (or applied research) and new forms of restitution. It includes interviews and reflexive analyses on the public dimension of anthropology, both in the university setting and beyond.

Proposals must not exceed 40.000 signs (spaces, title, keywords, abstracts in English and French included) and should be sent to:
Kassia Aleksic: kassiaaleksic_A_gmail.com
Francesco Staro: francesco.staro_A_gmail.com
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The Journal des Anthropologues publishes original articles in print and online. Two years following publication, these articles can be found in an “open access” database in the public domain, meaning authors are under obligation to waive their copyrights.

Each article proposal is the subject of an initial evaluation by the team responsible for each thematic dossier or section; they may request changes before transmitting the proposal to the editorial board or decline the submission.

The editorial board designates two rapporteurs, one internal and one external. In the event of divergent opinions, a third reading is requested. On this basis, the drafting committee takes its decision (accepted as is ; suggestions of modifications ; accepted with some revisions ; refusal).

Important observation : the Journal anonymizes the papers or their assessments.

The Journal accepts inclusive writing. The choice of adopted standards is yours to make, but must be coherent throughout the article.

Articles may include two good quality illustrations with clear captions : photos, maps, drawings, graphics, etc… (choices will be made jointly with the persons in charge of the section).


To facilitate the quick and proper formatting of your contributions :

Send your text via electronic mail in WORD or RTF format after verifying it follows these mandatory formatting guidelines:

single spacing, font size 12
sufficient margins to allow for corrections (about 3 cm on each side)
vernacular terms in italics
citations do not appear in italics
footnotes on every page
bibliographic references cited in the body of the text (author, date) have to be placed at the end of text.
an abstract in French and English (ten lines) and 4 to 6 keywords in French and in English
indication of your home institution, as well as your personal details.

Bibliography Format Start each reference at the left margin.

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ALTHABE G., 2000. Anthropologie politique d’une décolonisation. Paris, L’Harmattan.

MEILLASSOUX Cl., 2001. « Les tâches de l’ethnologie », Journal des anthropologues, 84 : 27-35.