David Golumbia is Assistant Professor of English, Media Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Virginia, where he teaches and writes about digital technology, new media, vernacular and indigenous media and texts, and other topics in contemporary cultural studies and critical theory. He is the author of many articles on these topics, as well as The Cultural Logic of Computation (2009).
Michael Holquist is Professor Emeritus of Comparative and Slavic Literature at Yale University and a Senior Fellow at Columbia University; he teaches courses at both universities. He is currently CIE of a three-year Teagle Foundation grant devoted to research on “Reading in the Digital Age,” a collaboration between Yale and the Haskins Laboratories.
Matthew Kaiser is Assistant Professor of English at Harvard University, where he teaches courses in Victorian literature and gender and sexuality studies. His publications span a variety of topics, including nineteenth-century Anglo-Indian literature, Walter Pater, Robert Louis Stevenson, and play studies. He is the editor of Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture (2009). His current book project, from which his contribution to NLH derives, is titled The World in Play: A Portrait of a Victorian Concept.
Laura Kendrick is a professor in the Humanities Department at the University of Versailles and a member there of the research group ESR (États, sociétés, religions). Her writings on the subject of medieval play and game include several articles and two books published in 1988, Chaucerian Play: Comedy and Control in the “Canterbury Tales” and The Game of Love: Troubadour Wordplay. She is currently working on the subject of medieval vernacular poetry competitions.
Thomas Malaby is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He has published numerous works on virtual worlds, games, practice theory, and indeterminacy. His principal research interest is in the relationships among institutions, unpredictability, and technology, particularly as they are realized through games and gamelike processes. His most recent book, Making Virtual Worlds: Linden Lab and Second Life (2009), is an ethnographic examination of Linden Lab and its relationship to its creation, Second Life.
Gary Saul Morson, Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, recently won the award for career scholarly achievement from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European [End Page 219] Languages. He has won best book awards from AATSEEL and from the American Comparative Literature Association. His most recent book is “Anna Karenina” In Our Time (2007). He is presently completing a study of quotations.
Warren Motte is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado. His most recent book is Fiction Now: The French Novel in the Twenty-First Century (2008).
Stephen Nachmanovitch performs and teaches internationally as an improvisational violinist, and at the intersections of music, dance, theater, and multimedia arts. He is the author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (1990). Born in 1950, he studied at Harvard University and at the University of California, where he earned a PhD in the History of Consciousness for an exploration of William Blake. His mentor was the anthropologist and philosopher Gregory Bateson. He has taught and lectured widely on creativity and the spiritual and practical underpinnings of art. He is currently (2009) recording a new album of solo and collective improv, titled Impermanence.
Marie-Laure Ryan is Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is the author of Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence and Narrative Theory (1991), Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media (2001), and Avatars of Story (2006). She has also coedited with David Herman and Manfred Jahn The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Her scholarly work has earned her the Prize for Independent Scholars and the Jeanne and Aldo Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature, both from the Modern Language Association.
Doris Sommer, Professor of Latin American Literature and African and African American Studies, is also Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University and author of several books including Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991), Proceed with Caution, When Engaged By Minority Writing in the Americas (1999), and Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental...