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Manisha Basu
Manisha Basu is Cultural Studies Pre-doctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently completing a dissertation on the resurgence of religious nationalism in the Indian context, showing how it has been severed from its agrarian, vernacular, and largely regionalist roots and transformed into a highly sophisticated and technologized language environment that nourishes the tenets of a newly liberalized, militaristic state. Her work has previously appeared in Theory and Event.
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Ulrik Ekman
Ulrik Ekman is Assistant Professor of Digital Aesthetics and Communication in the Department for Cultural Studies and the Arts at Copenhagen University, Denmark, where he teaches courses in information culture, webdesign, intermedia aesthetics, as well as modern and contemporary American literature. He directs a research forum for intermedia aesthetics and functions as coordinator of an international research network concerned with the technological and cultural implications of pervasive computing. He has edited and published an anthology of critical essays on the contemporary problematics of witnessing in Western culture, is editing a special issue of the Danish web-journal entitled “The Body: Beyond the Posthuman,” and is writing a book on touch in current information arts.
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John Garrison
John Garrison is an independent scholar working on issues of critical theory, gender studies, and social power. His scholarly work appears in a variety of publications, including Phoebe: A Journal of Gender Critiques, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and the Encyclopedia of Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy forthcoming from Greenwood Press.
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Justus Nieland
Justus Nieland is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, where he teaches modernism and film studies. His work has appeared in journals such as Modernism/modernity and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. He has just finished a book entitled Modernism and the Public Life of Feeling, which is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press in 2007. He is guest editor of a special issue of the new electronic journal Modernist Cultures on “Modernism’s Laughter,” which will be available online in December of 2006 (<>).
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Laura Shackelford
Laura Shackelford is Visiting Lecturer of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has just completed a manuscript on “Fictions of a Network Society: Posthumanism as a Counter-Discourse on Postmodernism,” which examines feminist, queer, and subaltern engagements with new media and global capitalist networks in recent American fiction.
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Michael Snediker
Michael Snediker is a Visiting Assistant Professor of American Literature at Mount Holyoke College. His articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, The Henry James Review, and Modernism/modernity. He is the Fall 2006 James Merrill Writer-in-Residence. His book, Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and other Felicitous Persuasions, is under advance contract with University of Minnesota Press.
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Carsten Strathausen
Carsten Strathausen is Associate Professor of German and English at the University of Missouri at Columbia. His book The Look of Things: Poetry and Vision around 1900 appeared in 2003 with the University of North Carolina Press. He is the editor of A Leftist Ontology, a compilation of essays on political philosophy forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. He has also published numerous essays on German film, culture and intellectual history. His current book project, entitled “The Aesthetics of New Media,” situates digital art within leftist political discourse.
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Cary Wolfe
Cary Wolfe has written widely on American culture and contemporary theory in boundary 2, Cultural Critique, Diacritics, and many other journals. His books include Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the “Outside” (Minnesota, 1998), Observing Complexity: Systems Theory and Postmodernity, co-edited with William Rasch (Minnesota, 2000), and Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago, 2003). He is editing a new series for the University of Minnesota Press called Posthumanities, and he currently holds the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Chair in English at Rice University in Houston.
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