Associate Professor of African Studies | Howard University
Appendix 24A Overview of my participation in the project Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora is an exclusive and commemorative book launching a bi-annual journal committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of Mfon will feature two of my images, along with the work of 100 women photographers across the Diaspora. This iconic issue will feature an introduction by Dr. Deborah Willis, MacArthur Fellow and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. It will include conversations and essays written by women scholars, journalists and artists.
The two images of mine that will be featured in the commemorative issue are:
Published by Msia Kibona Clark
Msia Kibona Clark, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University. Her work has focused on popular culture, migration, and gender studies. Msia has written numerous scholarly publications, including three edited manuscripts and over a half dozen articles and book chapters on both popular culture in Africa and on African migrant experiences. Her published books include Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati (2014), Hip-Hop in Africa: Prophets of the City & Dustyfoot Philosophers (2018), and Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism (2018).
Her more recent articles and book chapters include “Hip-Hop and Human Rights in Africa”, “Feminisms in African Hip-Hop”, “The Contemporary African Diaspora”, “The Evolution of a Bicultural Identity, in the Shadows of Nyerere’s Pan Africanism”, and the forthcoming “African Women and Hip-Hop in the Diaspora”.
Along with her research interests, Dr. Clark created and teaches the courses “Black Women & Popular Culture” and” Hip Hop & Social Change in Africa” at Howard University. She (along with her students) produces the Hip-Hop African blog and monthly podcast hosted at hiphopafrican.com. The blog and podcast explore a variety of topics related to hip hop in Africa, and includes interviews with artists, activists, and scholars.
Msia was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam (2013/14), and she currently the Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of African Studies at Howard University, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Diaspora Community of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA), and a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the African Studies Association of Africa. She is also an executive board member and past president of the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists.
Msia is also a photographer who has exhibited her work online and in print publications, as well as in art and photo exhibitions in Tanzania and the U.S.
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