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Biographies

Robert M. Geraci

Robert M. Geraci is associate professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in New York City, where his research and teaching engage the religious implications of digital technology. He is the author of Apocalyptic Al: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Oxford 2010), along with numerous essays on religion and technology. At present, he is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to study meaningful experiences in video games and virtual worlds, and will spend five months during 2012-2013 school year as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar in Bangalore, India.

Misty L. Bastian

Misty L. Bastian is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Franklin & Marshall College. She is an anthropologist of gender and religion, the author of many articles on southern Nigeria and most recently co-author (with Marc Matera and Susan K. Kent) of The Women’s War of 1929: Gender and Violence in Colonial Nigeria (McMillan 2012). Her current ethnographic research is on technology and spirit communication among paranormal researchers in the United States.

Thomas A. Carlson

Thomas A. Carlson is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches modern philosophy and the history of Christian thought. He is author of Indiscretion: Finitude and the Naming of God (University of Chicago Press, 1999), a study of mystical and divine-names theology in light of deconstructive and phenomenological philosophy, and of The Indiscrete Image: Infinitude and Creation of the Human (University of Chicago Press, 2008), an exploration of human creativity in the mystical traditions of theological anthropology and in postmodern and post-human philosophy and theory. He is currently completing a book on secularity as a distinctive turn of love with respect to mortal time.

Stephen Cooper

Stephen Cooper is a historian of Christianity specializing in the technology of the word as appropriated by the church from the discursive practices of Greek, Roman, and Jewish cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Although his research and publication has concentrated on early Christian biblical commentaries, Cooper maintains a lively interest in modern reformulations of religion and related cultural realms in light of scientific knowledge and its technologies.

N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles, a professor in the Literature Program at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is the author of ten books, nearly a hundred chapters and articles, a curated electronic literature collection, and an extensive Alternate Reality Game, "Speculation." Her book "How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics," won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and her book "Writing Machines" won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her work has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Rockefellar Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, and a University of California Presidential Research Fellowship, among other fellowships and honors. Her latest book, "How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis," explores the proposition that we think with, through, and alongside digital media.

Peter Jaros

Peter Jaros, an Assistant Professor of English at F&M, studies and teaches early and antebellum American literature. His current work centers on two projects. First, he is revising a manuscript that tracks the category of character and the activities of reading and performing character through literary, scientific, and political texts in the early national US. Second, his recent research investigates the ways antebellum American texts, both legal and literary, answer the question, “What is a person?” His work has appeared in Early American Literature and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.