Dr Ramon Sarró

Ramon Sarró

Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa

Fellow of St Antony's College

Ramon Sarró is an Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa. Before joining ISCA he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (2002-2012). He studied philosophy in Barcelona and social anthropology in the UK, completing his PhD on iconoclasm, politics and religion among Baga (Republic of Guinea) at University College London (1999), under the supervision of Philip Burnham and Barrie Sharpe. Between 2000 and 2002, he held the Ioma Evans-Pritchard Junior Research Fellowship at Saint Anne’s College (Oxford). In 2009 he published the monograph The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast: Iconoclasm Done and Undone (EUP for the IAI), which was co-winner of the ‘Amaury Talbot Award’ of the Royal Anthropological Institute of the UK and Ireland. In 2010/2011 he was an internal fellow, Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale.


Email: ramon.sarro@anthro.ox.ac.uk

Since 1992 Sarró has conducted fieldwork on prophetic movements in West Africa (Guinea and Guinea Bissau), Central Africa (Congo and Angola) and Europe (Portugal),  focusing on the diaspora of the Congolese Kimbanguist church. In 2007-2010 he directed the NORFACE project “Recognizing Christianity: How African Christians Redefine the European Religious Heritage”, and is currently directing two research projects on religion in Africa: one on Guinea-Bissau and the other one on Angola, both funded by the FCT (the Portuguese Research Council). He is currently co-editing, with Simon Coleman and Ruy Blanes, the annual journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research (Berghahn books). At present he is researching into the interface between prophecy, art and the ‘invention of writing’ in Central and West Africa. 

2009. The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast: iconoclasm done and undone, Edinburgh University Press    

2009. With Ruy Llera Blanes. Prophetic Diasporas Moving Religion Across the Lusophone Atlantic,  African Diaspora 2(1) 52-72                                          

2011. With Anne Melice. Kongo and Lisbon: The dialectics of 'centre' and 'periphery' in the Kimbanguist Church In Chrétiens africains en Europe. Prophétismes, pentecôtismes et politique des Nations (eds Sandra Fancello & André Mary), Paris: Karthala, 43-67

2011. With Joana Santos. Gender and Return in the Kimbanguist Church of Portugal, Journal of Religion in Europe 4, 369-387. 

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