Media Expert to Discuss the Line Between Satellite Imagery and National Security for Second Annual Paul Attallah Lecture

Dr. Lisa Parks, chair of film and media studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), will present a talk entitled Zeroing In: Infrastructure Ruins and Datalands in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is delivering the 2010 Paul Attallah Lecture, named in honour of one of Carleton’s longest-serving faculty at the School of Journalism and Communication and a nationally recognized scholar.

Parks will analyze satellite images of declassified pictures of bombed sites in Afghanistan and Iraq in the context of the American policy that limits access to satellite images due to U.S. national security interests, as well as discussing some of the controversy surrounding the use of Google Earth.

Her talk is in the Cambridge Room of the Holiday Inn, 111 Cooper Street in downtown Ottawa at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. It is free and open to media and the public.

Parks is well known for her many media arts projects and books. She is working on three new books, including one called Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures. She is also director of the Global Cultures in Transition research initiative for the Center for Information Technology and Society at UCSB.

More information is available by emailing


For more information:

Prof. Melissa Aronczyk
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism and Communication
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 2041

Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8705


About Lisa Parks
Dr. Lisa Parks is chair of film and media studies and an affiliate of the Departments of Art and Feminist Studies the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is also an assistant editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies and sits on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Mediasca, and e-media. Her research explores different uses of satellite, computer and television technologies in a transnational context. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader and Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has published essays in numerous books and in journals such as Screen, Television and New Media, Journal of Visual Culture, Geoforum, Ecumene: A Journal of Cultural Geography, Social Identities, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video.

Parks is currently working on three new books: Coverage: Media Space and Security after 911, Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies and Down to Earth: Satellite Technologies, Industries and Cultures, co-edited with James Schwoch. She has also created several research-related media arts projects such as Experiments in Satellite Media Arts with Ursula Biemann, Loom with Miha Vipotnik, Postwar Footprints and Roaming.

About the Paul Attallah Lecture Series
Established in 2009, the Paul Attallah Lecture series was named in honour of one of Carleton University’s longest-serving faculty members at the School of Journalism and Communication. Dr. Attallah, who died last year at the age of 54 after a hard-fought battle with cancer, had served on the faculty for over 20 years. Dr. Attallah authored or co-authored three of the most popular textbooks in the field of communications in Canada. He is credited with helping to popularize media studies in the country, often by breaking from tradition and challenging a number of long-held assumptions in the field. Internationally, he was best known for his work on the study of television, which was his primary area of interest. Charismatic and student-oriented, he was much admired by his students.