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About Imani M. Tafari-Ama

Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama is currently Research Fellow at the Regional Coordinating Office for the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, having just completed a year as Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Previous to that assignment, Imani was International Fellow and Curator at the Flensburg Maritime Museum (2016-17), tasked with formulating an African-Caribbean analysis of Danish Colonialism and Legacy in Flensburg, the Virgin Islands of the United States and Ghana, culminating in the Rum, Sweat and Tears exhibition (June 2017-March 2018).

With a Ph.D. is in Development Studies and Masters degree in Women and Development Studies, Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama has lectured across a broad range of disciplines and on a number of topics including: feminist methodology/epistemology, action research and the policy process, the culture of Rastafari and African religious retentions in the Caribbean, thought and action in the African Diaspora, Dancehall, sex and religious ideology and culture and community development, as well as being invited to give special lectures on colonial history, violence and gender and development issues and Rastafari at institutions around the world.

Dr. Imani Tafari-Ama is the author of: Blood, Bullets and Bodies: Sexual Politics Below Jamaica's Poverty Line, Up For Air: This Half Has Never Been Told (an award-winning novel; and Lead in the Veins (poetry) as well as several book chapters and articles. She is also a multimedia journalist who has produced several audio-visual documentaries including 'Setting the Skin Tone', which explores the catastrophic social practice of skin bleaching ( This eight-and-a half minute video documentary (produced in 2006) is an excerpt from her Doctoral research.
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