Participant Bios

Alexander Adkins acknowledges his institutional and lingusitic privilege and that's enough. 

Melissa Bailar is an innovative leader who incubates robust paradigm shifts. She actively dialogs with community leaders to lead the community towards rigorous leadership potentials. Because of the vital nature of community engagement in her work, groundtruthing and nimbleness are essential components of Dr. Bailar’s methodology.

Alanna Beroiza performs and is performed. She is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Rice University. Her research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century film, photography, literature, gender and sexuality studies, feminism, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and systems theory. Her dissertation, Out of Sight: Gender at the Intersection of Media and Biotechnologies, examines gender as a visually regulated product of media and biotechnologies.

Aaron Jaffe is the Frances Cushing Ervin Professor at Florida State University. He has published Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity and The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism. He co-edits a book series on fan cultures and cultural objects for IU Press, which includes his co-edited volumes The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies and The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

Natali Leduc is too much information.

Jacob Levens is Radio Hour Production Assistant at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is also Rice University Alumnus. His current work concerns the neoliberal university.

Annie Lowe is a PhD student in Rice University's English Department where she researches literary spoofs on technology, the mathematics of hoaxes, faux physics, and pseudo-scientific fiction. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled "Hoax Machina," traces coincident formalist and structuralist developments in the history of logico-mathematics and computation, and philosophy of language and literary theory, reconsidered through their literary hoaxifications.

Tom McCarthy's work has been translated into more than twenty languages His previous books include RemainderCSatin Island, and Tintin and the Secret of Literature. He is the founder and general secretary of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a semi-fictitious avant-garde network In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction by Yale University. He lives in London.

Michael Miller is paranoid. 

Seth Morton is a 7th year PhD student at Rice University. He has published on zombies, cynical reason, modernism, the International Necronautical Society, and other contemporary cultural phenomena. 

John Mulligan is a lecturer at the Rice University Humanity Research Center (HRC). Since earning his Ph. D. in English Literature at Brown University in 2016, he has taught English literature and experiential learning courses at Rice under the HRC's Public Humanities initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He writes on the aesthetics of abstraction in Romantic-era literature and science, and uses digital media to experimentally engage with historically specific problems of representation and communication in the humanities and sciences. His writing (on William Blake and Isaac Newton) has been published in Oxford’s Notes & Queries, and one of his digital transmedia experiments (on Andreas
Vesalius’ Fabrica) has been publicly installed in the Texas Medical Center Library. 

Rodrigo Martini Paula stuffs animals and then writes about them.

Laura Richardson is a postdoctoral fellow with Rice University's Program in Writing and Communication. Her essay on Edith Sitwell's literary criticism is forthcoming in 2016's The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell (UP Florida). Her areas of research include modernism, women's literature, the history of criticism, poetics, and science fiction.

Rex Troumbley is a political scientist and has just completed a postdoctoral position with the HRC at Rice University. His work concerns the impact of social and digital media technologies on political rhetoric in the US today.

Clint Wilson, part-time dream consultant and gazelle trainer, is an educated collaborator and a collaborative educator. He is a seventeen-time "Honorable Mention" recipient for the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest and has submitted unsolicited manuscripts to the very best publishing houses in the world. He is currently finishing a monograph on the power of speech entitled, What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Talking.