Fiber Optics: Plant Fiber Materials & Visuality

Event Sponsor
Stanford Environmental and Climate History Workshop (SECHW)
Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL)
Film & Media Studies
Stanford Humanities Center
Directorship of former SHC Director John Bender
Mellon Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities.
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room

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Nicole Starosielski (NYU) will give a talk titled Fiber Optics: Plant Fiber Materials & Visuality.

Fiber Optics,* a new Stanford Humanities Center (SHC) research workshop in honor of John Bender dedicated to building the field of critical fiber studies, is excited to host Nicole Starosielski, Professor of Film & Media at UC Berkeley, for the workshop’s keynote event during its inaugural year. 

Professor Starosielski will be sharing with us a new project that involves tracking the supply chains for fiber-optic cables and considering issues around recycling and sustainability.

Please join us for this hybrid workshop! Dinner will be provided for those who RSVP by 5 pm on Tuesday, February 20. A dessert reception will follow. 

Nicole Starosielski conducts research on global internet and media distribution, communications infrastructures ranging from data centers to undersea cables, and media’s environmental and elemental dimensions. Starosielski is author or co-editor of over thirty articles and five books on media, infrastructure, and environments, including: The Undersea Network (2015), Media Hot and Cold (2021), Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (2015), Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (2016), Assembly Codes: The Logistics of Media (2021), as well as co-editor of the “Elements” book series at Duke University Press.

Starosielski’s most recent project, Sustainable Subsea Networks, is focused on increasing the sustainability of digital infrastructures. The project team has developed a catalog of best practices for sustainability in the subsea cable industry—the backbone of the global internet—as well as a carbon footprint of a subsea cable. Starosielski is also a co-convenor of the SubOptic Association’s Global Citizen Working Group.

Starosielski teaches classes and supervises projects on digital media, environmental media, media and communications infrastructures, media history and theory, and integrated media theory and production, among other areas.