Irina Aristarkhova is the author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture (Columbia University Press, 2012) and the editor of the Russian translation of Luce Irigaray’s An Ethics of Sexual Difference (Moscow, 2005). She is an Associate Professor in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and an affiliate faculty at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Aristarkhova’s writings have been translated into German, Chinese, Slovenian, Romanian, Portuguese, and Greek.
Cindy Lin is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a certificate holder in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program. Her work explores how earth and data scientists, geospatial analysts, and drone technologists develop representational technologies, ranging from drone maps to machine learning algorithms, that reconfigure how forest loss is classified, represented, and valued in Indonesia. She obtained her B.A. in Southeast Asian studies from the National University of Singapore.
Iván Chaar-López is a Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in the Latina/o Studies Program and the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. His work traces the history of unmanned aerial systems in the U.S. borderlands as instruments of empire. Chaar-López received his Ph.D. from the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and he obtained his B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
Anna Watkins Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of American Culture and the Digital Studies program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching bring together debates in digital studies, performance studies, feminist and queer studies, and critical theory by examining how artists and media interventionists working within radical aesthetic traditions have adapted to respond to the ever-more coercive conditions of neoliberal and digital power. Her first book theorizes parasitism as a compromised tactic of resistance in 21st-century art and politics. She is the co-editor, with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, of the 2nd edition of New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2015).
Tung-Hui Hu is the author of A Prehistory of the Cloud (MIT Press, 2015), as well as three collections of poetry, most recently Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). The recipient of awards and fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and the San Francisco Foundation, he teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is an Assistant Professor of English.
Meryem Kamil is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research looks at the intersection of digital studies and postcolonial studies to think through the limitations and possibilities of pro-Palestine online activism. Kamil received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Silvia Lindtner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, DIY (do it yourself) making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, and Internet and digital cultures. She is currently writing a book on the culture and politics of “making” and transnational entrepreneurship in urban China. Her research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation.
Lisa Nakamura is the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and coordinator of its Digital Studies Program. She is the author of four books on racism, sexism, and the Internet. Her book Workers Without Bodies: Racism, Sexism, and Digital Labor in Social Media and Gaming is under contract with University of Minnesota Press.