UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

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Current Student

Diana Ruíz



Diana Ruíz is a PhD candidate in Film & Media and holds a BA in Women's Studies and Arts of the Moving Image from Duke University. Her dissertation research on the US-Mexico border investigates developments in epistemic seeing across visual technologies, from photography's role in nineteenth century cartography to contemporary virtual reality installations. She also researches immersive museological approaches to state violence in the Global South, particularly post-dictatorship Argentina and post-apartheid South Africa. She is interested in anti-colonial aesthetics, expanded cinema, animation, critical museum historiography, and spatial interventions regarding collective memory in the built environment.

Her writing appears in The Matter of Photography in the Americas (Stanford University Press) and a forthcoming edited volume about materiality, performance, and power in Mexico City (via the Mellon Global Urban Humanities initiative at UC Berkeley).