French and Francophone

French resources

6. French resources in Sub-Saharan Africa

6.2 Research Centres

Université Félix-Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Has a research unit on Social Sciences and Humanities covering subjects from geography, history, sociology, philosophy, psychology to anthropology.

Université Montesquieu (Bordeaux IV)

See the research group GRECCAP (Groupement de recherches comparatives en droit constitutionnel, administratif etpolitique) for studies on the theme of African Law and institutional development for the developing countries (Droitsafricains et développement institutionnel des pays en développement). 

Laboratoire LLACAN (Langue, Langages et Cultures d’Afrique Noire) (CNRS)
Part of the Institut National des Civilisation Orientales (INALCO), CNRS, Paris. Good source of information on the study of African languages and linguistics, as well as African literatures.

Online access to LLAN articles and publications on languages, language and cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa.


Cahiers de Littérature Orale

Collection Afrique et Langage

Revue Mandenka

Réseau des études africaines en France (CNRS)

Interdisciplinary thematic network (Réseau Thématique pluridisciplinaire) on African studies.

Centre d’étude des mondes africains (CEMAF) (CNRS/ Paris)

Interdisciplinary research centre (history, ethnology, anthropology, political sciences) with access to a number of documentary sources on Africa.

Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM) (CNRS / Bordeaux / Montpelier/ Pau)

Pluridisciplinary research centre on the study of Africa (political sciences, history, sociology, economics). Access to a research library with 30,000 books and 850 periodicals.

Centre d’études Africaines (CEAF)

The Centre of African Studies (Centre d’études africaines - CEAf) has contributed to the renewal of social sciences research on Africa and its global diaspora. Anthropologists, geographers, historians and sociologists associated with the Centre work in a multi-disciplinary perspective, considering the past in the analysis of the present and space in the analysis of societies. As a place of education and influence of a large part of French anthropology, the CEAF continues to diversify its research themes and to renew its research questions.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa.

The CODESRIA Documentation and Information Centre (CODICE) offers electronic resources in full text in open access: