Sergio Botta, PhD
Title/s: Sapienza University of Rome
Professor Botta is Assistant Professor in History of Religions at Sapienza University, Rome as well as the Director of the Master in Religions and Cultural Mediation at the Department of History, Culture, and Religions at the same institution. He teaches History of Religions and History of the Americas. His main research interests are History and Religions of the Indigenous in the Americas. In recent years, he has focused on a historical analysis of the missionary discourses in colonial history of the New World literature. His research tends to focus on method and theory in the study of Religions, Religions and Film, Indigenous Religions, and Shamanism. He is the Chief of the Editorial Committee of the journal «Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni». His most recent publications include: Le acque preziose. Saggio sui sistemi religiosi mesoamericani (2004); La religione del Messico antico (2006); Religione e Conquista. Saggi sul discorso coloniale in Messico (2008); Abiti, corpi, identità. Significati e valenze profonde del vestire (2009); Cinema e religioni (with E. Prinzivalli) (2010); Manufacturing Otherness: Missions and Indigenous Cultures in Latin America (2013); Acerca de la (des)memoria y su construcción en Mesoamérica y Andes (with C. Battcock) (2015).