Department of History
 

Marissa J. Moorman

  • Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Affiliate, Department of Gender Studies

Education

  • Ph.D. at University of Minnesota, 2004

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Rm. 725
(812) 855-5384

Background

Marissa J. Moorman

I am a historian of southern Africa. My research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola. My book Intonations  explores how music was a practice in and through which Angolans living under extreme political repression imagined the nation and how the particularities of music and historical moment cast this process of imagining in gendered terms. In other words, I am interested in the ways that cultural practice is productive of politics and not just derivative of it. Much of my evidence comes from interviews with musicians and consumers of music and I explore how memory, experience and pleasure shape politics and history.

I am currently working on a book project entitled Tuning in to Nation, which looks at the relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa as anti-colonial movements established independent states in the context of a region newly charged by Cold War politics.  Another project, tentatively called Kuduro in Transatlantic Translation, studies the contemporary Angolan music and dance genre, kuduro, both in Angola and as it has been adapted in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam and New York.

Selected Awards

 

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2010-2011
  • Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad, 2010-2011
  • New Frontiers Grant in the Arts and Humanities (2007), Tuning in to Nation: Radio Technology and Politics in Angola, 1961-2002
  • Project on African Expressive Traditions (2005)
  • Dissertation Fellowship on Social Science and the Arts, Social Science Research Council (2001-02)

Research Interests

  • Popular cultural practices and politics
  • Gender, sexuality, Africa and nation

Courses Recently Taught

  • African Popular Culture
  • Conflict in Southern Africa
  • Politics and Culture in African History
  • Gender and Sexuality in African History

Publication Highlights

Books

Intonations: a Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, 1945-Recent Times. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2008.   

Afropop Worldwide Hip Deep Angola series:http://www.afropop.org/wp/5145/hip-deep-angola-music-and-nation-in-luanda/

Other Links

Praise for the Intonations book...  http://theibtaurisblog.com/2014/07/29/an-angolan-reading-list/