Roger Sandall †

Roger Sandall graduated with a B.A. from the University of Auckland in 1956, and a Master of Fine Art from Columbia in 1962. He was employed as a Director and Cameraman with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies from 1965 to 1973, and then as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney from 1973 to 1993. He filmed in Australia, India and Sri Lanka, and his films were shown at home and at international film festivals. Awards included First Prize for Documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1968 for Emu Ritual at Ruguri. After retiring from Sydney University, he concentrated on writing. His intellectual interests included romanticism, in social thought, social evolution, scientific objectivity, and ‘open societies’ in the sociology of Karl Popper. He passed away in 2012.

Selected publications

Books

  • The Culture Cult: Designer Tribalism and Other Essays, Westview, 2001

Book Chapters

  • “Ethnographic Film Documents”, in Principles of Visual Anthropology. First Edition, Paul Hockings (ed), Mouton, 1975
  • “Matters of Fact”, in Principles of Visual Anthropology. Second Edition, Paul Hockings (ed), Mouton de Gruyter, 1995

Articles

  • “8 p.m. in the Malinowski Room”, Mankind, Vol. 6, Issue 12, December 1968
  • “Observation and Identity”, Sight and Sound, Vol. 31, No. 4, November 1972
  • “Aborigines, Cattle Stations, and Culture: A Commentary on Politics and Goals”, Mankind, Vol. 9, Issue 1, June 1973
  • “Epistemology Without a Knowing Cameraman”, Art International, January 1978
  • “On the Way to the Pig Festival”, Encounter, August 1978
  • “When I Hear the Word Culture: from Arnold to Anthropology”, Encounter, October 1980
  • “The Rise of the Anthropologue”, Encounter, December 1986
  • “Nihilism in the Middle East”, Quadrant, December 2001
  • “Utopia’s Architect”, The American Interest, November/December 2006
  • “Over There, Then: John Gunther’s Inside Europe”, The American Interest, Autumn 2007
  • “ Hellenism and its Enemies”, The American (web version), March 2009
  • “Beauty, Art and Darwin”, The American (web version), October 2009
  • “Layard of Ninevah”, The American Interest, July/August 2010
  • “Harvard Meets the Man from Boggabilla”, The New Criterion, April 2011
  • “Dreams of Communitas”, Social Science and Modern Society [Springer], September 2011
  • “Tribal Realism”, The American Interest, July/August 2011
  • “Objects 101”, The New Criterion, November 2011
  • “The Slave Girl and the Professor”, Quadrant, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2012


Films

Ceremonial Films Under Restriction at AIATSIS

  • Walbiri Ritual at Ngama, 1966.
  • Djungguan at Yirrkala, 1966. Unrestricted scenes can be seen on Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, Film Australia, 2006.
  • Mulga Seed Ceremony, 1967.
  • Emu Ritual at Ruguri, 1967.
  • Gunabibi: an Aboriginal Fertility Cult, 1968.
  • Walbiri Ritual at Gunadjarai, 1969.
  • Pintubi Revisit Yumari, 1970.
  • Pintubi Revisit Yaru-Yaru, 1972.
  • Larwari and Walkara, 1976.

Non-Restricted Films for AIAS

  • Camels and the Pitjantjara, 1969. Available as videorecording, Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
  • Making a Bark Canoe, 1969. Available as videorecording, Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
  • Coniston Muster, 1975. Available on http://www.rogersandall.com
    Also available as videorecording, Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
  • Ngatjakula: A Walbiri Fire Ceremony, filmed in 1967, edited and produced, Kim McKenzie, 1977. Available as videorecording, Fisher Library, University of Sydney.

Indian Films

Other Films

  • Weddings, 1976, Department of Anthropology Film Unit, University of Sydney. Available as videorecording at Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
  • Four Women, 1978, Producer. Directed by Sharon Bell and Geoff Burton, Department of Anthropology Film Unit, University of Sydney. Available as videorecording at Fisher Library, University of Sydney.
  • Maiz, 1960, Cornell. Director. Available on http://www.rogersandall.com