Ateliers was founded in 1987 at the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology by Manga Bekombo, Georges Augustins and Jacques Galinier for the purpose of distributing the work of students. It gradually specialised in the publication of thematic and/or regional volumes assembling contributions by PhD students, post-doctoral students and researchers, as well as conference and seminar papers arising from active research programs.
In 1997, Raymond Jamous began upgrading the journal by improving the layout and printing, and developing an authors’ policy.
In 2007, on the instigation of Alain Breton, the series became a complete digital publication by joining the Revues.org portal; Anne-Marie Peatrik turned it into a peer-review journal. From issue 31 —the first online issue— to issue 34 it adopted the name Ateliers du LESC. It is now called Ateliers d’anthropologie.
Back issues published between 1987 and 2006 are gradually being placed online.