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Fri, 31 Mar


Webinar (Zoom)

Thermal Cultures and the Weaponization of Heat

Join us for the fourth of our 2023 webinar series, Health x Energy (a collaboration with the GHWRG). In this talk, Nicole Starosielski discusses her recent book, 'Media Hot and Cold'

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Thermal Cultures and the Weaponization of Heat
Thermal Cultures and the Weaponization of Heat

Time & Location

31 Mar 2023, 13:00 – 14:30 BST

Webinar (Zoom)

About the Event

This presentation draws from Nicole Starosielski's book, Media Hot and Cold, a theorization of cultural and mediatic dimensions of temperature in the context of climate change. Starosielski tracks the shifting thermal regimes that structure modern experience, and the media infrastructures--ranging from thermostats to cinema--that support different thermal ideologies. While experience has always been shaped by temperature, Starosielski argues that computational media systematically shape thermal cultures to reflect existing modes of network production, distribution, and access. Starosielski calls for a critical temperature studies that can address the cultural dimensions of thermal experience. This talk will focus on one particular form of thermal experience: thermal violence. By tracking the ways that bodies are manipulated through thermal media, Starosielski will show how control and subjugation can be enacted through environmental means.

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