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Armando Caracheo has collaborated with the Swiss Paraplegic Center in a History of Medicine Project since last year. He is mainly interested in the interrelations between science and modernist literature. His contribution to this journal results from the research period that he spent at the Thomas Mann Archives, from 2012 to 2014. He holds a PhD in Science, Technology and Humanities from University of Bologna, and a Master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science from Utrecht University.

Sean Franzel is Associate Professor of German at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Connected by the Ear: The Media, Pedagogy, and Politics of the Romantic Lecture (2013), the coeditor of Performing Knowledge: 1750–1850 (2015), and has published widely on media discourses in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Future projects include a monograph on periodical literature and the aesthetics of ephemerality and a co-translation of essays by Reinhart Koselleck on his theory of history (Stanford, 2018).

Ronald R. Kline is Bovay Professor of History and Ethics of Engineering at Cornell University, where he holds an appointment in the Science and Technology Studies Department. He is past president of the Society for the History of Technology, and the author of Steinmetz: Engineer and Socialist (1992); Consumers in the Country: Technology and Social Change in Rural America (2000); and The Cybernetics Moment, Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (2015), all with Johns Hopkins University Press. [End Page 133]

Jennifer L. Lieberman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Florida, where she specializes in American literature and culture; critical race and gender studies; and science and technology studies. Her first book, Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882–1952, is forthcoming from MIT Press in 2017. Other recent work can be found in History and Technology and in MELUS: Multi-ethnic Literature in the US.

Thomas Salem Manganaro is currently a Visiting Scholar for the center for Philosophy, Art, and Literature (PAL) at Duke University. He completed his PhD in English from Duke in 2016, specializing in the eighteenth century, Romanticism, the history of science, and theories of modernity. He is currently working on a book about the problem of acting against better judgment, the perplexities it poses for Enlightenment philosophy and science, and the role it plays in eighteenth-century and Romantic literary forms.

Dancy Mason is a PhD candidate at McGill University. She focuses on modernist poetry, particularly the works of Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, and H. D. Her dissertation explores the ways posthumanist theories illuminate modernist poetry, as in Marianne Moore’s animal poems, Loy’s cyborg women, and H. D.’s work with Morse code; this work also takes on a feminist bent. She has published on Candas Dorsey’s “(Learning About) Machine Sex” in Technoculture and has co-authored an entry on Marianne Moore in Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Walter Merryman is a PhD student at University of California-Riverside. His work focuses on Victorian Literature, posthumanism, biopolitics, and science fiction. He is developing a dissertation idea that brings these together to investigate various constructions of personhood. Of particular interest is the role technology plays in creating the idea of a citizen and the gap between citizen and human. He also works on German philosophy, especially Nietzsche, and existentialist literature.

Jason D. Price is a Postdoctoral Fellow of African and other Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on South African Literature, postcolonial studies, and animal studies. His forthcoming book, Animals and Desire in South African Fiction: Biopolitics and the Resistance to Colonization, explores the potential of desire to challenge neocolonial relationships to animals, environments, and others, gesturing toward different ways of thinking and relating—toward different futures. [End Page 134]

Dennis Summers has exhibited artwork in a wide range of genres and media internationally for over twenty-five years ( His artist’s books, videos, and interactive digital projects are in the collections of several museums, including the MOMA and the Pompidou Center. Much of his artwork has been crafted using collage strategies. Several years ago, owing entirely to SLSA, he began researching, writing, and presenting on the...


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