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Infrastructure and Affect

In its hard materiality, infrastructure is often depicted as concourses of metal and wire, steel and concrete. But how is it that these materials, and the interconnections they make apparent, manage ephemera like our attention or our responsiveness. Media scholar Lisa Parks describes her phenomenological method of understanding what is at stake when we speak about and imagine media infrastructures.

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Lisa Parks

MIT

Dr. Lisa Parks is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, and previously worked as professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara (1998-2016). An interdisciplinary scholar rooted in the humanities, Parks’ research is focused in three areas: satellite technologies and global media cultures; critical studies of media infrastructures; and media, militarization and surveillance. Parks is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke UP, 2005) and Coverage: Vertical Mediation and the War on Terror (forthcoming). She is also co-editor with Nicole Starosielski of the award-winning book Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (U of Illinois, 2015).