Faculty Profile

Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Distinguished Chair in Africana Studies (2009)

Contact Information

moonsamp@dickinson.edu

Althouse Hall Room G20
717.245.1894

Bio

Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of expressive culture, social activism, and the politics of representation and subjectivity in the post-colonial Caribbean. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she conducted fieldwork in Trinidad and Tobago, exploring the dynamic relationships that exist between people of African and South Asian Indian ancestry and documenting how these are expressed though performance. At Dickinson College, Dr. van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy teaches courses on the African Diaspora and the Caribbean, and continues to engage in research on performance, activism and identity politics in the Caribbean.

Education

  • B.A., San Francisco State University, 1986
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2009

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

LALC 200 Get Up, Stand Up! Bob Marley
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01.This course situates reggae superstar Bob Marley within a larger framework of artist/activists, Pan-Africanists, and postcolonial revolutionary figures. The face of Bob Marley is emblazoned on T-shirts sold in mainstream department stores, and figures prominently on posters and textiles that adorn American college students’ dorm rooms. His music is celebrated in regions as diverse as the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and Tanzania. We’re all familiar with commercials promoting tourism in Jamaica that feature Bob Marley’s track, “One Love.” Less familiar is the history of Bob Marley—the socio-political environment in which he was raised, the cultures that shaped his music, the historical figures that influenced his ideology and politics, the development and nature of his spirituality, and the commodification of his image in transnational global markets. These are among the issues that will be explored in this course. Bob Marley is a cultural icon whose music continues to have a significant impact on the development of postcolonial and counter-hegemonic consciousness, artistic production, and activism in the Caribbean, Africa, Britain, and the US. The course will introduce students to scholarly and popular writing about, as well as filmic representations of, Bob Marley’s life, art, and politics.

LALC 200 Approaches to Africana Studies
Cross-listed with AFST 200-01.

AFST 200 Approaches to Africana Studies
Cross-listed with LALC 200-02.

AFST 220 Get Up, Stand Up! Bob Marley
Cross-listed with LALC 200-01.This course situates reggae superstar Bob Marley within a larger framework of artist/activists, Pan-Africanists, and postcolonial revolutionary figures. The face of Bob Marley is emblazoned on T-shirts sold in mainstream department stores, and figures prominently on posters and textiles that adorn American college students’ dorm rooms. His music is celebrated in regions as diverse as the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and Tanzania. We’re all familiar with commercials promoting tourism in Jamaica that feature Bob Marley’s track, “One Love.” Less familiar is the history of Bob Marley—the socio-political environment in which he was raised, the cultures that shaped his music, the historical figures that influenced his ideology and politics, the development and nature of his spirituality, and the commodification of his image in transnational global markets. These are among the issues that will be explored in this course. Bob Marley is a cultural icon whose music continues to have a significant impact on the development of postcolonial and counter-hegemonic consciousness, artistic production, and activism in the Caribbean, Africa, Britain, and the US. The course will introduce students to scholarly and popular writing about, as well as filmic representations of, Bob Marley’s life, art, and politics.