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    Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

    Assistant Professor


    Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies radical arts interventions in conflict regions of Africa through ethnomusicology, film studies, and cultural theory. Her work centers on film and music as catalysts of movements of socio-political transformation as well as on the ethics and aesthetics of humanitarian aid in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In this context she devotes particular attention to youth and gender politics. Beyond her academic engagement with issues of audio-visual representation, power, and resistance, she also advocates socially engaged scholarship and was a pioneer of Harvard University's Social Engagement Initiative during her graduate training. Her forthcoming book offers a new paradigm for considering cultural radicalism and resistance in the face of humanitarian crises.

    She is also a composer and pianist who holds a B.M. in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music, an A.M. from Harvard University in Ethnomusicology, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in African Studies. In addition to her teaching and research, she also serves as co-director of the Yole!Africa cultural center in Goma, executive director of the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival, and faculty advisory for Yole!Africa U.S.


    Music as Culture: Media and Social Change in Africa; Soundtracks of the Black Atlantic; Music and Migration; Music, Film, and Aid in Contemporary Africa; Black Music; Music and Politics

    Recent Publications

    “Yole!Africa: Negotiating Art and War in Eastern Congo.” In Critical Interventions: Special Issue. London: Routledge, forthcoming Winter 2014.

    “Beyond ‘Victimology’: Generating Agency Through Film in Eastern DRCongo.” In Art and Trauma in Africa: Representations of Reconciliation in Music, Visual Arts, Literature and Film, Edited by Lizelle Bisschoff and Stephanie Van de Peer.  London: IB Taurus, 2013.

    “African Cinema.” In Encyclopedia of African Thought, Edited by F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

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