After studying Anthropology, History and Art at the Universities of Barcelona and Paris, I took a PhD in Socio/Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago. My dissertation, supervised by Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, James Fernandez and Marshall Sahlins, was an investigation on the formation of modern Afro-Brazilian art and culture. I spent about 3 years doing fieldwork in Bahia. My dissertation led me to work more in-depth in two topics: one, the material culture, cosmology and notions of the person of Afro-Brazilian Candomble, and two, the history of sorcery and fetishism in the Lusophone Atlantic. I developed this second theme as a Research Associate at Kings College, within the project “Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic”. Since I joined Goldsmiths I have been focusing my research and teaching interests in contemporary art. Currently I am working on art, politics and objectification in Barcelona, Spain.
Areas of supervision
Roger is interested in supervising students on wide range if topics. His current supervisory projects include Calon gypsies in Brazil, historical memory in Extramadura, contemporary art in Athens, and ethnographic objects between production and iconoclasm.
Current MPhil/PhD students supervised:
- Zahira Araguete, From the Archive to the Grave: Recovering Historical Memory in Contemporary Extremadura
- Martin Fotta, Calon in the Market: Subversion of economic activities and their role in reproduction of Calon Gypsies in Recôncavo area of Bahia, Brazil
What's going on with the saints? Images of the sacred in Cachoeira, Brazil [Què passa amb els sants? Imatges del sagrat a Cachoeira, Brasil]
The pleasure of expense: Mauss and The Gift in contemporary art
The Latour event: history, symmetry and diplomacy
Encountering Images in Candomble
Images and persons in Candomble
Shrines, substances, and miracles in Afro-Brazilian Candomblé
Marcel Mauss et le don dans l’art contemporain
Dinheiro Vivo: Money and religion in Brazil
The hidden life of stones: historicity, materiality and the value of Candomble objects in Bahia
The Hidden Life of Stones Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia
Making Do:Agency and objective chance in the psychogenetic portraits of Jaume Xifra.
Art, Anthropology and the Gift
Sorcery in the Black Atlantic
Parés, Luis Nicolau and Sansi-Roca, Roger
Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian art and culture in the 20th Century
I have done research in three main areas:
-Afro-Brazilian religion, art, and cultural policy in Bahia.
-The notion of the fetish and sorcery in the Black Atlantic
-Contemporary art and the politics of cultural production in Barcelona.
I studied Anthropology in Barcelona, Paris, and Chicago. I am interested in contemporary art, sorcery, the fetish, work, projects, cultural policy, nature, history, possession, personhood, science, chance, events, monuments, the gift, money, the body, the gods…I have supervised projects on contemporary art, museums, tattooing, and money.