Maha Tazi

Author Biography

Maha Tazi is a feminist artist-activist and a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication Studies Program at Concordia University. She is interested in women’s creative disobedience forms in Post-Arab Spring North Africa. Her research focuses particularly on women’s graffiti, political cartoons, slam poetry, theatre, and installation art in Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia. Maha is currently working on an art photography project to raise awareness about the backlash against women’s rights in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and on a slam poetry project where she reflects, through her own experiences, on Moroccan immigrant women’s lack of sense of belonging to both their country of origin and their host country because of the double burden of sexism at home and racism abroad.

At Concordia, Maha taught a Critical Race Feminisms course at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia and a Media Criticism course in the Communication department. Previously, she studied International and Middle Eastern Studies in Morocco, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, and Women’s Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris. She also worked and volunteered with several women's NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa region, such as Association Solidarite Feminine in the city of Casablanca, where she helped single mothers learn a new profession and reintegrate into a society that once shattered them. She was also a volunteer writer with Ananke Mag, an online interactive platform based in Dubai that engages women across the MENA region and beyond on issues pertaining to women’s rights. More recently, she held the position of Program Manager with Empowering Women in the Atlas, a social initiative which aims to engage rural women in economic growth and sustainable development in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, prior to moving to Canada.