“In Ecomedia Res + EcoTour” (Feb. 28 + Mar. 1)

Published: February 27th, 2018

Category: News

Nicole Starosielski and Casey Boyle on digital heat and the end of time + an augmented reality tour of Paynes Prairie.

In Ecomedia Res + EcoTour

The Digital Assembly 2018 Symposium

Nicole Starosielski
Casey Boyle

February 28, 2018

Scott Nygren Studio, Smathers Library West

3 PM – 5 PM


Nicole Starosielski, “Digital Heat and the Infrared Image”

All matter emits heat and is transformed by it. In thermal vision, such heat exchanges are transduced into visual images. And in turn, infrared images, entangled with infrastructures of temperature control, modulate our movements through the world. This talk focuses on the ways that regimes of thermal perception and control are changing with digital technologies and the popularization of thermal imaging.

Casey Boyle, “Making Sense at the End of Time”

From carcinogens at the molecular level to climate collapse at a global scale, the space of “everyday” life is now beset—every day—by extraordinary calamities. Given the onslaught of these multiple and unending disasters, it is difficult to come to terms not only with resolutions to these many problems but also to develop a sense of the problems themselves. In short, we fail, repeatedly, to make sense. What senses might we develop, which sense-abilities might we cultivate by repeatedly engaging multiple senses in ways that are not intended to represent but to make sense? In response to these questions, this presentation will make a methodological intervention into our ways of making sense by surveying recent developments of empirical research methods and proposing a renewal of rhetorical methods with and through digital media technologies.

About the Speakers

Nicole Starosielski’s research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationship between technology, society, and the aquatic environment. Her book, The Undersea Network, examines the cultural and environmental dimensions of transoceanic cable systems, beginning with the telegraph cables that formed the first global communications network and extending to the fiber-optic infrastructure that carries almost international Internet traffic. Starosielski has published essays on how Fiji’s video stores serve as a nexus of digital media access (Media Fields Journal), on Guam’s critical role in transpacific digital exchange (Amerasia), on the cultural imbrications of cable systems in Hawaii and California (Journal of Visual Culture), and photo essays on undersea cables (Octopus and Media-N). Before coming to NYU, she taught at Miami University of Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from UC-Santa Barbara.


Casey Boyle
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas in Austin where he researches and teaches digital rhetoric, composition theory, and rhetorical history. He previously served in the same role at the University of Utah from 2011-2014 in the University Writing Program and Department of English. He earned a BA at the University of Texas, an MA at the University of North Texas, and a PhD in the Rhetoric/Composition program at the University of South Carolina. His work has appeared (or will soon appear) in Kairos, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Computers and Composition, Technical Communication Quarterly, College English as well as essay collections Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities and Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition. He is a managing editor of enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture as well as co-editor (with Scot Barnett) for the essay collection Rhetoric, Through Everyday Things. Right now, Casey is completing his first book, Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice, that explores the role of practice and ethics in digital rhetoric..


March 1, 2018

O’Connell Center parking lot + Paynes Prairie

10 AM


EcoTour is a mobile, augmented reality walking tour that connects the ecological history of Paynes Prairie State Park to current environmental issues. Using an interactive map and augmented reality technology, visitors can scan existing signs within the park to access multimedia augmented reality overlays, including archived audio-visual media related to specific physical locations. Please join us for the unveiling of EcoTour on Thursday, March 1st at 10 AM.

We will meet at the O’Connell Center parking lot (in the row nearest Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and Gail Lemerand Drive [link to map pinpoint]) and depart for Paynes Prairie promptly at 9:45 AM. Those who would like to arrange a ride to the tour should contact Jason Crider (jason.crider@ufl.edu) or Madison Jones (madisonjones@ufl.edu) to be included. Attendees may also meet at the La Chua Trailhead at 10:00 AM.

“In Ecomedia Res + EcoTour” is sponsored by the Department of English, Imagining Climate Change, and UF Student Government.


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