research + writing

My research interests are gender, race, and geo-politics in contemporary art and digital media; information communication technologies in development; U.S. Latina/o and Latin American media studies; decolonial aesthetics and decolonial feminisms; comparative new media aesthetics; transnational feminism and media art; global social movements and digital media; media pedagogies and popular education; testimony, oral history, and digital archives. My research, writing, art making, and other forms of cultural production and action are intertwined, and my methods are inter-disciplinary, pulling from the fields of Internet studies; cinema and media studies; ethnic and gender studies; sociology; and feminist and decolonial philosophy.

Selected Publications

Benfield, D.M. Post Code. Manuscript in progress.

Co-Edited Books
Benfield, D.M., and Garza, E. (Eds). Histories of Now: Digital Media, Social Movements, and Contemporary Art, in Cairo and Beyond, forthcoming 2016. Published by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Co-Editor, Online Journal
Benfield, D.M. (et al). “Why Produce?” The Institute of (Im)PossibleSubjects. Online Session One, forthcoming, March 2016.

Guest Editor, Online Journal
Benfield, D.M., (Ed). “Decolonizing the Digital/Digital Decolonizations.” The Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise Dossier, Volume 31, Global Studies Workshop, Duke University. Access at 2009.

Book Chapters
Benfield, D.M. “Where do I begin?” In Subjectivites Feministes. University of Rennes, France, forthcoming 2016.
Benfield, D.M. “Beyond Binary Code.” In Momentum: Gender and Digital Art. IB Taurus, London, forthcoming 2016.
Benfield, D.M. “Digital Natives.” In Video Vortex 9 Hybrid Video Reader. The Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2014.
Benfield, D.M. “Terceras Cinematografías: Terceros Espacios. Una Genealogía de la Producción Estética Descolonizada.” In Practicas Artísticas e Imaginarios Sociales: Evento Teórico, Oncena Bienal     de La Habana, Ed. Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda. La Habana: Cuba: Ediciones Cupulas/ArteCubano Ediciones. 2014.
Benfield, D.M. “Preface.” The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth. Ed. Sharon Chappell. Routledge, 2013.
Benfield, D.M. “Cambiando la Ruta del Canal de Panama.” In Estéticas Decoloniales. Eds. Pedro Pablo Gomez Moreno and Walter Mignolo. Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, 2012.
Benfield, D.M.  “Identifying the Latino (and Latina!) in “Latino Independent Media.” In Mapping Latina/o Studies: An Interdisciplinary Reader.  Eds. Angharad Valdivia and Matt Garcia. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
Benfield, D.M. “Kimsooja: The Performance of Universality.” In Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons. Eds. Lisa Hochtritt, John Ploof and Therese Quinn. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Benfield, D.M. and Arevalo, J.  “You Say Media, We Say Justice!  The North
American Media Justice Delegation at the World Summit on Information Society.”  In Making Our Media: Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere.  Eds. Dorothy Kidd, Laura Stein and Clemencia Rodriguez.  New York:  Hampton Press, 2009.
Benfield, D.M. “Transmodernities/Transdisciplines.” In Transitio_mx 2007. Exhibition Catalogue. Universidad de Bellas Artes: Mexico City, Mexico, 2008.

Articles and Essays
Benfield, D.M. “Cinema flows, Like water” In Moscow Art Magazine, upcoming February 2016.
Benfield, D.M. “Star. Grasses. Waterfall. Window.” In, upcoming Winter 2015.
Benfield, D.M., et al. “Decolonial Aesthetics Manifesto.” In FUSE Magazine, Fall 2013.
Benfield, D.M. “Flow.” In Social Text/Periscope, special edition on “Decolonial AestheSis.” Eds. Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vasquez. July, 2013.
Benfield, D.M. et al. “Décolonialité et expérience esthétique: une approximation.” In Espace Public, Inter No. 111: Pratiques Artistiques et Imaginaires Sociaux, 2011.
Benfield, D.M. “After Memory: Ghosts, Ancestralities and Chrono-politics.” In Michelle Dizon. CUE Art Foundation, NY, NY. Exhibition on-line catalogue and dossier. 2010.
Benfield, D.M. and Faber, M.  “Growing Power:  Why form a network for the distribution of youth media?” In The Independent, June 2001.
Benfield, D.M.  “Dis-mantling the Master’s Tools.” Social Theory Column, Ed. Drea Howenstein,
National Art Education Association Newsletter, June 1998.
Benfield, D.M.  “Video Machete:  Video Production as Popular Education.” In Community Media Review, Feb. 1997.
Benfield, D.M.  “Havana Film Festival.” In Angles:  Women Working in Film and Video, Vol. 2, Number 3, 1993.
Benfield, D.M. “Cartography of a Cross-Cultural Traveller.” In Nomadas, exhibition catalogue, Chicago:  Randolph St. Gallery, 1993.
Benfield, D.M. “Pana-Gringa.” In Whitewalls, Dec. 1992.
Benfield, D.M. “La Ruptura Latina.” In La Ruptura Latina exhibition catalogue, Chicago:  N.A.M.E. Gallery and Center for New Television. 1992.
Benfield, D.M. “Alternative Visions.” In Angles:  Women Working in Film and Video, Vol. 1, Number 2, 1992.
Benfield, D.M. “Feedback.” In Video:  the Center for New Television’s newsletter,  May 1991.

Encyclopedia Entry
Benfield, D.M.  “Video.” In The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women. Eds. Cheris Kramarae and Dale Spender. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.

Additional links to talks and papers:

Unexpected Development: Decolonial Media Aesthetics and Women’s ICT4D Video

Apparatuses, Globalities, Assemblages: Third Cinema, Now


Identifying the “Latino” (and Latina!) in “Latino Independent Media”

Indigenous Designs, Planetary Media