2018-2019 AADS Dissertation Fellow
Ms. Shamara Alhassan is an ABD in Africana Studies at Brown University. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study that seeks to build a digital archive of black women's religious experiences. Her dissertation is entitled "Rastafari Women's Intellectual History and Activism in Jamaica and Ghana."
AADS 5522 Rastafari Black Radical Thought
This course introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practice-based application of engaging with Rastafari philosophy. We will critically examine literature produced about Rastafari and the community-based activism of the movement in the context of Pan-African movements from the 1930s to the present. The approach of the class is interdisciplinary and thematic, drawing upon works from Africana studies, literature, history, music, and film. Students will engage with Rastafari guest speakers and read the most recent literature in Rastafari studies. Special emphasis will be placed on gendered anti-Black racism and Rastafari woman’s community activism.