The Oceanists Society is a group of people interested in the socio-cultural world of Australia, Melanesia and the large Polynesian triangle. These lands, spread out over a vast maritime space, are places of memory for the people who inhabit them and have created many different forms of social and cultural organizations.
The Oceanists Society is a non-profit association that was created in 1945 at the musée de l'Homme in Paris. It evolved from two older learned societies: the Society for Oceanian Studies, founded in Papeete (Tahiti), and the Society for Melanesian Studies, founded in Nouméa (New Caledonia). Its headquarters are at the musée du quai Branly. The purpose of the Society for Oceanists’ activities is to facilitate and exchange views in diverse areas that have as much to do with the human and social sciences as with natural sciences. These activities include the organization of meetings and symposiums, as well the Society of Oceanists’ journal and its publications.