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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Nicole Starosielski


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.

Sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.


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Nicole Starosielski


Nicole Starosielski is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research focuses on the relationships between media, infrastructures, and their environments. Her first book, The Undersea Network (2015), charted the development of the cable systems that carry almost all transoceanic internet traffic. She is also co-editor of Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure (2015), Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (2016), and the “Elements” book series at Duke University Press. A second project in progress, Media Hot and Cold, traces the connections between media technologies, embodied perception, and temperature.

Her GIDEST presentation draws from her longer project, "Media Hot and Cold," that investigates heat and cold as modes of communication, the calibration of the human sense of thermoception, and the thermal fractures that structure everyday life. This paper takes the thermostat--the interface to a vast infrastructure of heating and cooling--as the site where subjects of temperature are formed.

Earlier Event: April 26
Jessica Pisano
Later Event: September 27
Eileen Myles