Media Infrastructures

Published on June 6th, 2018

We conduct research on the material and cultural dimensions of media infrastructures in diverse sites around the world, from satellite systems that span continents to internet servers in rural communities, from innovative uses of mobile telephony to the siting of television transmitters. 

Recent Projects:

Network Sovereignty


L. Parks and Nicole Starosielski, eds., Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures, 1st Edition edition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015). 

L. Parks, “Reinventing Television in Rural Zambia: Energy Scarcity, Connected Viewing, and Cross-Platform Experiences in Macha,” Convergence 22, no. 4 (August 1, 2016): 440–60.

L. Parks, “Stuff You Can Kick: Toward a Theory of Media Infrastructures,” in Between Humanities and the Digital, ed. Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg, 355–74, accessed March 19, 2017.

L. Parks, “Signals and Oil Satellite Footprints and Post-Communist Territories in Central Asia,” European Journal of Cultural Studies 12, no. 2 (May 2009): 137–56.

L. Parks, “Walking Phone Workers in Mongolia,” in The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities, ed. Peter Adey et al. (Routledge, 2014), 243–55.