At its annual spring conference, SCMS announced the selection of MCC Assistant Professor Nicole Starosielski's The Undersea Network as the best first book published in the field of film and media studies in the last year. The work examines the vast underwater infrastructure undergirding the world's Internet.
In reviewing the book, scholar Jonathan Sterne writes that "The Undersea Network will transform our understanding of the networks that make modern media possible."
Starosielski follows the Internet's submerged cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the beaches of the South Pacific, charting the cultural, political, historical, and environmental dimensions that are entangled in this material information system.
In addition to this recognition, Starosielski and Lisa Parks together received the SCMS Best Edited Collection Award for their volume Signal Traffic. The award honors an "outstanding example of newly edited work involving the insights of an editor or co-editor in bringing together the best work of multiple scholars in a single volume."
Starosielski's latest publication—released last month—is a co-edited collection entitled Sustainable Media.