The Mapping of Alternative Sovereignties: Jamaica

Filed under Academic, Events, Uncategorized on April 1, 2013.

The Mapping of Alternative Sovereignties: Jamaica is April 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in FAB 105. Professor Deborah Thomas: Ethnographer, theorist, and filmmaker, University of Pennsylvania professor Deborah A. Thomas is a distinguished scholar in Caribbean Studies. She addresses the politics of culture and performing arts, embodied citizenship, contestations over sovereignty, Rastafarian claims to reparations and indigeneity, and the interplay of race, gender, modernity, and globalization.  Most of her research has focused on Jamaica and its transnational citizenry.

With John Jackson, Jr.and Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, she directed/produced the film,  “Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens.” and is also the author of  Modern Blackness: Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica  and Exceptional Violence : Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica.

Presented by:

  • The Centers for Latin American Studies
  • Women’s Studies and Gender Research
  • Department of Anthropology
  • The Study of Race and Race Relations
  • African-American Studies Program