Marisa Elena Duarte | Arizona State University
Monday, October 26, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM (EDT)
Moderator: Joel A. Blanco-Rivera (Profesor-Investigador, Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía)
Social distancing recommendations have left many people around the world dependent on digital screen interfaces for their personal interactions, entertainment, work, shopping, and education. Pre-pandemic, parents would often limit their children’s ‘screen time,’ and office employees were cautious of devoting too much time focused on their computer screen. The world has since changed, and many people now wonder about the deleterious effects of an existence lived through screens. How has it changed how we relate, work, and play? Platforms accessible through the screen seem to bear a renewed urgency, as they contain the formal and informal record of our conversations, desires, activities, and narrative truths. In a historical moment where politicians and trolls denigrate the virtues of truth and fact-finding in favor of winning arguments, the screen also becomes a window into the creative limits of our social and political order. What about communities who are not swimming in ‘screen time’? How are their stories heard and told? This lecture will invoke the sensations of our humanity away from our smartphones, laptops, and TVs to help us reconceive the role of digital archival practice toward social change.
Dr. Marisa Elena Duarte is a professor in Justice and Social Inquiry at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her 2017 book, Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country, is about how through the build-out of Internet infrastructure, tribes also strengthen their capacity to exercise sovereignty over the national regulatory aspects of Internet and telecommunications. Duarte also writes about Native and Indigenous uses of social media, and the social effects surrounding the digitization of Indigenous knowledge. She currently teaches courses on justice theory and digital activism for the School of Social Transformation, and also teaches courses on Indigenous Methodologies and Learning Technologies for Native Education for the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.