Chérie Ndaliko, 2019–2020

Archival Mutations: Decomposing Aesthetics of Atrocity in Congo

Delta Delta Delta Fellowship; Frank H. Kenan Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chérie Ndaliko

Chérie Ndaliko is an interdisciplinary and socially engaged scholar of culture and sustainable development in Africa. Through collaborations with civil society and community organizations, she identifies practices to increase local participation in grassroots social and political change in the domains of education, mediation, and health behavior. She also works with branches of the United Nations, international NGOs, and government bodiesto advance interdisciplinary approaches to global problem solving. Her research incorporates theories and practices from the humanities, public health, and media and journalism. Since 2010 she has also served as Director of Research and Education at the Yole!Africa cultural center in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ndaliko is author of Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford, 2016), and a co-edited volume, The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises (Oxford, 2019); her articles have appeared in Critical Inquiry, The Journal of African Cultural Studies, Critical Interventions and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in African Studies (2012), where she was a pioneer of the University’s Social Engagement Initiative and is currently an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Selected Publications

Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo

  • Ndaliko, Chérie. “The Accidental Archivist: Memory, Resonance, and Decay in Congo.” In Performing Commemoration, edited by Annegret Fauser, and Michael Figueroa. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020. Forthcoming.
  • Ndaliko, Chérie, and Samuel M. Anderson, eds. The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2019. Forthcoming.
  • Ndaliko, Chérie. “In the Presence of Absence: Commemoration and Disavowal in Congo.” Critical Inquiry 44, no. 4 (2018): 766-80.
  • Ndaliko, Chérie. “What Remains: Reviving Lumumba’s Legacy in Music Video.” The Journal of African Cultural Studies 31, no. 1 (2018): 1-18.
  • Ndaliko, Chérie. Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo. Oxford, UK:Oxford University Press, 2016.
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