New Digital Cultures Project members:
Mark Goble and Lisa Parks

June 13, 2002

Mark Goble, Assistant Professor of English, UCI

Mark is a recent graduate of Stanford’s English department, has just accepted a job in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UCI. Mark’s work is focused on the relationship between American modernism and the history of media. His dissertation is entitled, “Beautiful Circuits: the Mediated Life in America, 1900-1940.” It looks at, in his own words, “the aesthetics and performance of communication in literature at a time when the once “new media” of the telegraph, telephone, phonograph and cinema, were becoming commonplace in everyday life.” Informed by the German study of “media materialities” (Kittler, et al), Mark’s dissertation demonstrates the many ways that literature, in spite of its claim to aesthetic autonomy, has always been embedded in the complex mediations between and among print media and new non-print media.

Lisa Parks, Associate Professor of Film Studies, UCSB

Lisa has recently completed a book that offers a striking way to reinterpret TV in light of the satellite technologies that underlie its global reach. Here is a brief description of that book, Cultures in Orbit: Satellite Technologies and Visual Media (forthcoming from Duke UP)
“This work defines a field of “satellite media” which includes satellite broadcasts, remote sensing/satellite surveillance images, astronomical images, and global positioning maps. Through a range of case studies, I develop a theoretical framework for analyzing satellite media from a critical studies perspective. I draw on a range of materials including NET, UNESCO and NASA archival documents, international satellite television broadcasts, satellite ‘development’ projects, documentary films, remote sensing images, World Wide Web sites, popular cultural texts, and mainstream press articles. I discuss such topics as the first global live-via-satellite television program Our World, electronic nation-building and the Satellite Television Experiment in India, Australian Aboriginals’ tactical use of satellite technology to counteract forces of globalization, and STAR TV’s remapping of cultural boundaries in East Asia. Ultimately, the project traces the specific ways in which satellites have extended the power to see and know, reconfigured temporal and spatial relations that inform our sense of the ‘historical’ and the ‘global,’ and forged new transnational cultural alliances and antagonisms.”

Please join me in welcoming these talented younger scholars to the group.

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