CIstudies.org “starter kits” consist of readings, exhibits, and other materials (plus supporting bibliography) designed to seed research and teaching about infrastructure studies in specific fields or on particular topics. The initial starter kits were developed at U. California, Santa Barbara, by graduate students of Alan Liu on the model of the starter kit on Romantic-era infrastructure studies he developed for a conference event.
CIstudies.org welcomes contributions by others of starter kits. Starter kits should be focused on some area or topic; can include bibliographies, exhibits of multimedia, and other materials; and should introduce or structure such resources to provide an introductory guide.
- The Ambient Infrastructure of George Eliot’s Middlemarch (by Leila Stegemoeller, English, U. California, Santa Barbara). “This starter kit seeks to not only illuminate areas where infrastructural elements enter the narrative imagination of Middlemarch, but to explore the ways in which critical infrastructure methodology can expand the literary critic’s conception of Victorian realist fiction.”
- Broken Infrastructures, Invisible Subjects (by Rebecca Baker, English, U. California, Santa Barbara). A starter set of resources and a gallery for thinking about how infrastructures are broken, or designed to be broken, for “invisible” people such as the undocumented, homeless, and others.
- Circulating Cinema(goers): Philippine Cinema and Critical Infrastructure Studies (by Miguel Penabella, Film & Media Studies, U. California, Santa Barbara).
- Daylighting Islais Creek through Maps (by Su Burtner, Geography, U. California, Santa Barbara). A starter kit in the form of a layered GIS map showing how geographical methods can be used to study the “daylighting” phenomenon of resurfacing urban water bodies that have been covered over or redirected.
- Disney Parks Infrastructure—Field Guide (by Nathan Cox, Film & Media Studies, U. California, Santa Barbara). A starter kit on infrastructural design, media, and enthnographical methods for studying theme parks in the form of a “field guide” to the infrastructure of Disneyland and Disney World.
- Hacking Virtual Worlds: Video Games and Critical Infrastructure Studies (by Ryan Leach, English, U. California, Santa Barbara)
- Mediating Infrastructures (by Amaru Tejeda, Film & Media Studies, U. California, Santa Barbara). Starter kit in media infrastructure studies.
- Romanticism and Critical Infrastructure Studies (by Alan Liu, English, U. California, Santa Barbara).