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Resident Fellow Seminar: Germaine Halegoua
February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The Hall Center hosts several fellows in residence each semester. Our Resident Fellows present their work-in-progress in the Resident Fellows Seminar Series. These seminars are open to all interested faculty, staff, and graduate students.
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Germaine Halegoua, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies and Humanities Research Fellow, will discuss ongoing research for a book-length project about the political economic, cultural, and socio-technical histories of dark fiber networks within the United States. Dark fiber networks are fiber optic networks purposefully constructed as inactive and are practically invisible to urban and rural populations – not only are they dormant and hidden under layers of concrete or dirt, but their exact locations are only available on proprietary maps. In many metropolitan areas, only a fraction of the cable installed underground is actually activated or “lit” for internet service to urban residents and businesses. Dark fiber cables also run through underserved rural areas where subpar internet access like satellite internet and other costly, data-capped services are the only options for internet connection.