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Dr Roger Sansi-Roca BA, MA, PhD

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email r.sansi-roca (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5397
Dr Roger Sansi-Roca BA, MA, PhD

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

 

Research Interests

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.

Publications

Book

Art, Anthropology and the Gift
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2014. Art, Anthropology and the Gift. London: Bloombsury. ISBN 9780857855350

Sorcery in the Black Atlantic
Parés, Luis Nicolau and Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2011. Sorcery in the Black Atlantic. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226645780

Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian art and culture in the 20th Century
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2007. Fetishes and Monuments: Afro-Brazilian art and culture in the 20th Century. Berghahn. ISBN 978-1-84545-363-3

Edited Book

Economies of Relation: Money and Personalism in the Lusophone World
Sansi-Roca, Roger, ed. 2013. Economies of Relation: Money and Personalism in the Lusophone World. Dartmouth, MA: Tagus Press. ISBN 9781933227146

Economies of Relation, Money and Personalism in the Lusophone World
Sansi-Roca, Roger, ed. 2013. Economies of Relation, Money and Personalism in the Lusophone World. Darthmouth Massachussets: Tagus Press UMass -Dartmouth. ISBN 9781933227146

Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic
Naro, Nancy Priscilla; Sansi-Roca, Roger and Treece, David H, eds. 2007. Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic. Palgrave-Macmillan. ISBN 0230600476

Article

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]
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2014. 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]. Quaderns-E, 19(1), pp. 45-61. ISSN 1696-8298

The pleasure of expense: Mauss and The Gift in contemporary art
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2014. The pleasure of expense: Mauss and The Gift in contemporary art. Journal of Classical Sociology, 14(1), pp. 91-99. ISSN 1468-795X

The Latour event: history, symmetry and diplomacy
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2013. The Latour event: history, symmetry and diplomacy. Social Anthropology, 21(4), pp. 448-461. ISSN 1469-8676

Encountering Images in Candomble
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2013. Encountering Images in Candomble. Visual Anthropology, 26, pp. 18-33. ISSN 0894-9468

Images and persons in Candomble
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2011. Images and persons in Candomble. Material Religion, 7(3), pp. 374-393. ISSN 1743-2200

Shrines, substances, and miracles in Afro-Brazilian Candomblé
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2011. Shrines, substances, and miracles in Afro-Brazilian Candomblé. Anthropology & Medicine, 18(2), pp. 271-283. ISSN 1364-8470

Marcel Mauss et le don dans l’art contemporain
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2010. Marcel Mauss et le don dans l’art contemporain. Revue du MAUSS, 36, pp. 427-436. ISSN 1247-4819

Dinheiro Vivo: Money and religion in Brazil
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2007. Dinheiro Vivo: Money and religion in Brazil. Critique of Anthropology, 27(3), pp. 319-339. ISSN 0308-275X

The hidden life of stones: historicity, materiality and the value of Candomble objects in Bahia
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2005. The hidden life of stones: historicity, materiality and the value of Candomble objects in Bahia. Journal of Material Culture, 10(2), pp. 139-156. ISSN 13591835

The Hidden Life of Stones Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2005. The Hidden Life of Stones Historicity, Materiality and the Value of Candomblé Objects in Bahia. Journal of Material Culture, 10(2), pp. 139-156. ISSN 1359-1835

Making Do:Agency and objective chance in the psychogenetic portraits of Jaume Xifra.
Sansi-Roca, Roger. 2005. Making Do:Agency and objective chance in the psychogenetic portraits of Jaume Xifra. Quaderns de l’ ICA, 21, pp. 91-106. ISSN 2385-4472