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Andy Rogers

Archaeology, University of Leicester

Thesis title:

Ontologies of Personhood and the Body in Colonial Central America and the Caribbean

This thesis aims to examine ontologies of personhood and the body in the colonial Americas. Working from the idea that colonialism involves a meeting of different worlds, I will adopt a comparative approach to consider how different ideas about what it means to be a person – and to have a body – were negotiated across a section of the Spanish colonial world. I will synthesise and compare case studies from Central America and the Caribbean, examining a range of objects, sites and landscapes to consider the various ways in which colonial personhood was assembled. I aim to explore how differing ways of being a person affected the ways in which European and Indigenous groups related to one another, while developing a theoretical approach that offers a means to conceptualise and probe the various tensions and continuities that arose in historical periods of culture contact.

Research Area

  • Archaeology


Guilfoyle, D.R., Carey, G., Rogers, A.J., Bernard, M., & Willoya-Williams, R. 2019. Empowering Tribal Youth in Cultural Heritage Management: A Case Study from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Archaeologies 15(1) : p.42–63. 


Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Conference (March 2018)

Delivered paper: “Embracing chaos: the rhizome and negotiation of interpretative conflict in indigenous archaeology”.

Graduate Seminar, St. Peter’s College, Oxford (March 2018)

Delivered paper: “Empowering Youth in Cultural Heritage Management: A Case Study from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska”.


Samuel and Rachel May Prize, University of Leicester (2017)

Awarded for highest grade in Archaeology in the graduating year.