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Indigenous Cyber-relationality: Discerning the Limits and Potential for Connective Action

Indigenous Cyber-relationality: Discerning the Limits and Potential for Connective Action

Indigenous Cyber-relationality Lecture | February 3, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm | online via Zoom

Event Description:

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.


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.

About Indigenous Technologies

Indigenous Technologies is a program of the Berkeley Center for New Media that engages questions of technology and new media in relation to global structures of indigeneity, settler colonialism, and genocide in the 21st century. Our Indigenous Tech events and ongoing conversations with Indigenous scholars and communities aim to critically envision and reimagine what a more just and sustainable technological future can look like. We will highlight Indigenous engagements with robotics, computer science, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, social media, online activism, video games, and more.

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About the History and Theory in New Media Lecture Series:

The History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series brings to the UC Berkeley campus leading humanities scholars working on issues of media transition and technological emergence. The series promotes new, interdisciplinary approaches to questions about the uses, meanings, causes, and effects of rapid or dramatic shifts in techno-infrastructure, information management, and forms of mediated expression.


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

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 Sophia Hussain,  shussain@berkeley.edu,  415-272-2200

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