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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Monique Bedasse – Africa in Jamaica: Rastafari and the Politics of Decolonization

Apr 29 – May 16, 2024
Spring 2024 Semester: Arts of Jamaica
Monique Bedasse

This seminar starts by placing Rastafari in its historical context, while also underscoring Rastafari’s insistence on the importance of history. It goes on to examine how and why Rastafari posed a challenge to the consolidation of the Jamaican state during and after the period of decolonization. The final day highlights significant aspects of Rastafari thought through the art of one artist, Ras Daniel Heartman.

  • Seminar 1:"Rastafari and the Imperative of History"

    Mon, Apr 29, 2024
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Seminar 2: "Rastafari and the Problem of (Jamaican) Nationalism"

    Tue, Apr 30, 2024
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Seminar 3: "The Art of Rastafari: Representation, Philosophy, and Prophecy"

    Wed, May 1, 2024
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Public Talk: Trodding Diaspora: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Repatriation in the Age of Decolonization

    Thu, May 2, 2024
    6:00 pm
About Monique Bedasse

An award-winning historian, Dr. Monique Bedasse is Associate Professor of African History at New York University. Her research interests include the intellectual, political, and social history of decolonization, pan-Africanism, African diasporic politics, and transnational approaches to history. She is the author of Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the age of Decolonization.

Apr 29 – May 16, 2024
Spring 2024 Semester: Arts of Jamaica