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Diana Ruíz


borders, migration, surveillance, critical race theory, epistemic violence, anticolonial aesthetics

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Diana Flores Ruíz is a Mellon Mays Dissertation Fellow and a PhD candidate in Film & Media. She holds a B.A. from Duke University in Women’s Studies and Arts of the Moving Image. Her dissertation
research on the U.S.-Mexico border investigates developments in epistemic seeing
across visual technologies, from photography’s role in nineteenth century
cartography up to contemporary virtual reality surveillance, analyzing their effects
on political subjectivities of migrants and border communities.
Her secondary area of research considers the politics of display in mediating
historical narratives of state violence in the Global South, particularly places with
enduring ‘post-’ frameworks—post-dictatorship Argentina and post-apartheid
South Africa, for example. Her research has been funded by the Social Science
Research Council and Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Committed to public-facing programming, she has introduced films and facilitated
conversations with artists at the Pacific Film Archive. With the support of the
Townsend Center for the Humanities, she organized the symposium Decolonial
Visions: Indigenous Epistemologies and the Politics of Form in 2018, which brought
together cross-disciplinary scholars, Native filmmakers, and Ohlone activists.

Her writing appears in Film Quarterly, The Matter of Photography in the Americas,
and a forthcoming anthology on power, materiality, and performance in Mexico City
from the Global Urban Humanities Mellon initiative at UC Berkeley. She also curates
film and performance with the feminist collective, GAZE.