This essay argues for an approach to postcolonial Caribbean intellectual history that moves beyond the national archive to rely on a globally dispersed archive. It uses Rastafari repatriation to Tanzania to highlight the intellectual history of the movement and to demonstrate the extent to which the repatriation created a transnational documentary trail with a set of archival imperatives that renders the national archive insufficient for the reconstruction of postcolonial Caribbean intellectual history.
Rastafari, the Transnational Archive, and Postcolonial Caribbean Intellectual History
Monique A. Bedasse is an associate professor of history at Washington University, St. Louis, where she teaches courses in African history, Caribbean history, and Africana studies. Broadly, 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 the prizewinning Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization (2017).
Monique A. Bedasse; Rastafari, the Transnational Archive, and Postcolonial Caribbean Intellectual History. Small Axe 1 March 2021; 25 (1 (64)): 116–131. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-8912816
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