Dalida Maria Benfield

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Relevant Work "Decolonizing the Digital/Digital Decolonization: Introductory Notes"

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Biography Edit

  • Dalida Benfield is a media artist, researcher, and writer.
  • She was a Research Fellow and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
  • She is currently a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in the Visual Arts program. [1]

Introductory Notes from "Decolonizing the Digital/Digital Decolonization" Edit

Background and Historical Context Edit

Key Words and Terms Edit

Digital Divide: "refers to the gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to their use of the Internet for a wide variety of activities." [2]

Colonization: the action of appropriating a place or domain for one's own use (Google).

Globalization: the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale (Google).

Key Quotations Edit

"The coloniality of power is digital." [3]

"in diverse geopolitical sites, defined by objectives other than those of the modern/colonial capitalist world-system, communication tools are continually being repurposed and rethought by symbolic practices, local/global histories and political imperatives driven by commitment and struggle." [3]

"The theorization of the “information” or 'knowledge society,' popularized through scholarship and repurposed as policies of transnational non-governmental organizations, layers another order on the already stratified 'developed' and 'developing' world, creating caricatures of digital, or knowledge, haves and have-nots." [3]

"In many instances, this supposed boundary of the digital and the non-digital is an analogue of the geo-political map of colonialism; in other instances, it creates new boundaries around diasporic, indigenous or racialized communities within and across cities, regions and nation-states. This divide, like others, assumes finite borders with no seepage." [3]

"The digital is a fluid site. At multiple sites of criss-crossing colonial wounds, film, video and new media producers, including artists, scholars, community organizers and popular educators, are creating inter-textual and inter-cultural works that reorganize the geopolitics of knowledge." [3]

Discussion Edit

Benfield's Foci Edit

"Her research and writing address 'decolonial media aesthetics,' contemporary Third Cinemas, and how artists, globally, engage video and information technologies for gender, racial, environmental, and media justice." [1]

Major Criticism and Reception Edit

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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. Understanding the Digital Divide. OECD, 2001.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Benfield, Dalida Maria. "Introductory Notes." Worlds & Knowledges Otherwise, vol. 3, no. 1, 2009. Duke University.