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HTNM Lecture — Marisa Duarte, "Indigenous Cyber-relationality"
Discerning the Limits and Potential for Connective Action

A History and Theory of New Media Lecture as part of the Indigenous Technologies initiative, co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, the School of Information, and the Center for Race and Gender Studies.

As Indigenous social movements increasingly rely on social networking sites (SNS) toward connective action, community groups also perceive the limitations of ICTs toward social change. For a range of reasons, grassroots activists, tribal elders, cultural knowledge-keepers, attorneys, IT experts, and law enforcement identify the vulnerabilities that radical uses of SNS introduce in already marginalized communities. Indigenizing SNS with regard for the colonial entanglements of social media platforms creates the grounds for discerning how Indigenous peoples carry protocols of respect, belonging, kinship, and shared purpose into digital spheres.

Feb 3, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Marisa Duarte
Assistant Professor @Arizona State University
Marisa Elena Duarte is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and is also related to the Mexican American families of the City of South Tucson. She is an assistant professor of justice and social inquiry through the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She researches information, knowledge, and technology in the context of Indigeneity. Her 2017 book Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet across Indian Country investigates the relationship between sovereignty and the tribal command of Internet infrastructures. Her most recent work is on Indigenous feminist approaches to social media.