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Humans between the Machines

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Who We Are:

Machines in Between is a collaboration between artists and philosophers, historians and sound ecologists, musicians and biologists, poets, photographers and sound engineers, sopranos and CEOs, conservationists, romantic scientists, and you. 

John Modern Producer and Co-host
John Modern Producer and Co-host

John Modern is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Libby Modern Art Director and Co-host
Libby Modern Art Director and Co-host

Libby Modern is an artist, designer and founder of Modern Art, an experimental studio in Lancaster, PA.

Sound Magicians:
Vincent Smaldone, Sound Ecologist
Vincent Smaldone , Sound Ecologist

Vincent Smaldone is a legendary turntablist from Lancaster, PA.

Nicky Kroll, Sound Person, CCH2W
Nicky Kroll Sound Person, CCH2W

Nicky Kroll is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College. He's won prizes.

Mike Newman, Sound Engineer
Mike Newman Sound Engineer

Mike Newman is master of faders, buttons, and dials.

Creative Consultancy:
Cory McAbee, Romantic Scientist
Cory McAbee Romantic Scientist

Cory McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter and co-composer for the award-winning feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer/songwriter for the internationally acclaimed musical group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011).

Jenny Schulder, Staff Photographer
Jenny Schulder Staff Photographer

Jenny is an artist, creative producer, and partner in healing.

Matt Johnson,, Beloved Luvvy
Matt Johnson, Beloved Luvvy
Holly Andrew,, Beloved Luvvy
Holly Andrew, Beloved Luvvy
Bom Bom, Web Design
Bom Bom Web Design
Advisory Board:
Courtney Bender, Global Systems Librettist
Courtney Bender Global Systems Librettist

Courtney Bender is the Ada Byron Bampton Tremaine Professor of Religion at Columbia University. She is writing about dioramas, airplanes, blueprints, and skyscrapers.

Hillary Kaell, Inflectionist
Hillary Kaell Inflectionist

Hillary Kaell is the William Dawson Research Chair and professor of Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal. Her work tracks people's experiences of the divine and the unseen through material things and sensory experiences. She often focuses on aspects of capitalism and consumption, such as tourism, heritage creation, or charitable corporations.

Lerone Martin, Backlash Minimizer
Lerone Martin Backlash Minimizer

Lerone Martin is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

Sylvester Johnson, Chief Experience Officer
Sylvester Johnson Chief Experience Officer

Sylvester Johnson is the the Executive Director of the “Tech for Humanity” initiative at Virginia Tech University, which advances human-centered approaches to technology to foreground public interest and equitable outcomes. He is the founding director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Humanities and a professor of Religion and Culture.

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Audio Collaborators:

🍑 Ahmad Greene-Hayes is an ethical hacker
🍑 Ahmad Greene-Hayes is an ethical hacker

and writer, truth-teller, and lover of all things Black and archival. He is Assistant Professor of African American Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

⛓️ Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh is an extinction revivalist
⛓️ Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh is an extinction revivalist

and framework developer for the fields of Africana religious studies and slavery studies. She educates the public on these and other topics from her spot in the Religious Studies department at Stanford University.

🤘 Alireza Doostdar is a data contextualst
🤘 Alireza Doostdar is a data contextualst

and professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion at the University of Chicago.

🦠 Alison Renna is emergency crew for when things go wrong
🦠 Alison Renna is emergency crew for when things go wrong

and a graduate student in Religion and Modernity at Yale University.

📿 Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada is a skill quantifier
📿 Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada is a skill quantifier

and assistant professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College.

🔌 Amber Mann is a block chain splitter
🔌 Amber Mann is a block chain splitter

and has starred in plays at Gamut Classic Theatre and Theatre Harrisburg since 2003. With a degree in Theatre Arts from Catawba college, she is also a Crime Victim Advocate for Dauphin Co.

🌊 Andrew Aghapour is a visual aesthetic reductionist
🌊 Andrew Aghapour is a visual aesthetic reductionist

and a writer, storyteller, and artistic producer living in Durham, N.C. He is the author, with Peter Manseau, of Discovery and Revelation: Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things (2021).

🍄 Angela Zimmerman is a back-end developer
🍄 Angela Zimmerman is a back-end developer

Angela Zimmerman is a algorithmic dancer and transeverything historian who writes about revolutions and explosions in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.

⛰️ Ann Neumann is a cloud architect
⛰️ Ann Neumann is a cloud architect

and the author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (2016). Her work has appeared at the The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper’s magazine, The Baffler, Guernica magazine (where she’s a contributing nonfiction editor), and elsewhere.

🤯 Anna Bigelow is a predictive scrivener processor
🤯 Anna Bigelow is a predictive scrivener processor

and professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University

🚲 Annette Aronowicz is a virtual reality detector
🚲 Annette Aronowicz is a virtual reality detector

and the Robert F. and Patricia G. Ross Weis of Jud. Studies & Prof. of RST, Emerita

🐦 Anthea Butler is a frivolity exterminator
🐦 Anthea Butler is a frivolity exterminator

and the Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and  Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her latest book is White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. She is also a op-ed columnist for MSNBC digital.

👄 Ari Kelman is an algorithmic dancer
👄 Ari Kelman is an algorithmic dancer

and the Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. His work examines the production, transmission, and formation of religious knowledge. When he's not obsessing over footnotes or puzzling over the religious overtones of the Voyager Golden Record, he spends his time looking for egress from infinite regress.

🎹 Ashon Crowley is an augmented reality architect
🎹 Ashon Crowley is an augmented reality architect

and professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.

🌊 Atéha Bailly is dream excavator
🌊 Atéha Bailly is dream excavator

and a music producer, performer, and researcher living in Massachusetts. He is currently completing a master's program at the Harvard Divinity School.

📘 Austin Case is a bandwith bouncer
📘 Austin Case is a bandwith bouncer

as well as an author and librarian.

🌙 Beatrice Marovich is an avatar relationship manager
🌙 Beatrice Marovich is an avatar relationship manager

and professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College.

🔔 Bernard Dionysius Goeghegan is a framework developer
🔔 Bernard Dionysius Goeghegan is a framework developer

writer, historian, and theorist interested in media. He teaches in London.

🏎️ Brian Connolly is a simulation capitalist
🏎️ Brian Connolly is a simulation capitalist

and professor of History at the University of South Florida.

🏰 Charles Hirschkind is a lab animal
🏰 Charles Hirschkind is a lab animal

and teaches on questions of embodiment, religion, music, and death at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is titled The Feeling of History: Islam, Romanticism, Andalusia (2020).

⚡️ Charles McCrary is a plant psychologist
⚡️ Charles McCrary is a plant psychologist

and a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University and the author of Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers (2021).

🐳 Chip Callahan is an epistemology consultant
🐳 Chip Callahan is an epistemology consultant

and assistant professor of Religious studies at Gonzaga University. He is the author of Work and Faith in the Kentucky Coal Fields: Subject to Dust (2008). Chip's interest in religion, labor, and the ocean have been with him since childhood, in one way or another.

🚲 Cory McAbee is a Romantic Scientist
🚲 Cory McAbee is a Romantic Scientist
🪜 Cristian Toro is a circulation engineer
🪜 Cristian Toro is a circulation engineer

and artist, scholar, and gentlemen.

🔎 Daniel Ardia is a statistical stylist
🔎 Daniel Ardia is a statistical stylist

and a biologist curious about how organisms make sense of environmental unpredictability. He is also a Dean, but don't hold that against him, he still tries to be cool.

🌂 Dennis Herbert is an energy harvester
🌂 Dennis Herbert is an energy harvester

as well as a poet and golfer from Lancaster, PA.

🎙 Doc Roc is a syntactic relations engineer
🎙 Doc Roc is a syntactic relations engineer

and Lancaster's voice of old time radio

🧬 Donovan Schaeffer is a digital immunologist
🧬 Donovan Schaeffer is a digital immunologist

and assistant professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Wild Experiment: Feeling Science and Secularism After Darwin (2022).

🎰 Drew Bourn is an organizational quartermaster
🎰 Drew Bourn is an organizational quartermaster

and Historical Curator at the Stanford Medical History Center. He is also an instructor in History at Stanford Continuing Studies.

📼 Elijah Siegler is a 3-D food printer chef
📼 Elijah Siegler is a 3-D food printer chef

and professor of Religious studies at the College of Charleston and co-author of Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and Predicament of Modern Spirituality (2017).

🚗 Elizabeth Wilson is a smart road engineer
🚗 Elizabeth Wilson is a smart road engineer

and the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Gut Feminism (2015) and Affect and Artificial Intelligence (2010).

⛽️ Emily Ogden is a robot doula
⛽️ Emily Ogden is a robot doula

and an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of On Not Knowing: How to Love and Other Essays and Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.

💳 Finbarr Curtis is an automation engineer
💳 Finbarr Curtis is an automation engineer

and an associate professor of Religious studies at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of Going Low: How Profane Politics Challenges American Democracy (2022).

🌲 Fritz Schroeder is an involvement specialist
🌲 Fritz Schroeder is an involvement specialist

who has been tinkering with nature since he was born in a nursery of trees.  A lover of local, he works with the Lancaster Conservancy advocating for habitat protection.

🌪 Hillary Kaell is an inflectionist
🌪 Hillary Kaell is an inflectionist
💓 Holly Andrew is a beloved luvvy
💓 Holly Andrew is a beloved luvvy
👽 Jamaal Washington is a data deconstructionist
👽 Jamaal Washington is a data deconstructionist
⚔️ Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is a feedback looper
⚔️ Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is a feedback looper

and associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

🧩 Jeremy Seedorf is an extinction revivalist
🧩 Jeremy Seedorf is an extinction revivalist

and a poet and singer from Lancaster, PA.

📺 Jessica Johnson is a demand optimizer
📺 Jessica Johnson is a demand optimizer

and the author of Biblical Porn: Affect, Labor, and Pastor Mark Driscoll's Evangelical Empire (2018) and a Visiting Scholar of Religious Studies at William & Mary.

👩 Joan Scott is a full-stack neuro enhancer
👩 Joan Scott is a full-stack neuro enhancer

and professor emerita, School of Social Science at the Institude for Advanced Study. She is also a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur of France. Scott’s groundbreaking work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history.

💣 Johanna Gosse is a clone rancher
💣 Johanna Gosse is a clone rancher

and assistant professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Idaho.

🧠 Jon Rubin is an autonomous vehicle operator
🧠 Jon Rubin is an autonomous vehicle operator

and an interdisciplinary artist and professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

🚐 Joseph Blankholm is a post-normal jobs counselor
🚐 Joseph Blankholm is a post-normal jobs counselor

and associate professor of Religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on atheism, secularism, and the meaning of religion. He is the author of The Secular Paradox: On the Religiosity of the Not Religious (2022)

🧠 Joseph Del Pesco is a transhumanist consultant
🧠 Joseph Del Pesco is a transhumanist consultant

and International Director of KADIST.

🎥 Judith Weisenfeld is a quantum researcher
🎥 Judith Weisenfeld is a quantum researcher

as well as the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Princeton University. Her most recent book, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration, was awarded the 2017 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions.

🚔 Kerry Mitchell is a Markov chain assembler
🚔 Kerry Mitchell is a Markov chain assembler

and Director of the HLS Living-Learning Center at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at IU Bloomington. He is the author of Spirituality and the State: Managing Nature and Experience in America’s National Parks (2016).

💣 Kevin Hamilton is an epistemology consultant
💣 Kevin Hamilton is an epistemology consultant

and professor of Art and Design at the University of Illinois.

🌙 Krista Dragomer is a nanofabricator
🌙 Krista Dragomer is a nanofabricator

and an artist, educator, mentor and consultant from Brooklyn, NY.

🦠 Lukey Ellsberg is a digital archeologist
🦠 Lukey Ellsberg is a digital archeologist

and a graduate student in Religion and Modernity at Yale University.

🎧 M. Cooper Harris is a stationeer
🎧 M. Cooper Harris is a stationeer

and associate professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, and vice president of the Anarchy Club.

🔭 Maceo Whatley is a silicon survivalist
🔭 Maceo Whatley is a silicon survivalist
🦄 Maeva Kroll is a growth hacker
🦄 Maeva Kroll is a growth hacker

and enjoys, games, friends, TV, and ice cream.

🗑️ Maia Kotrosits is a cost estimator
🗑️ Maia Kotrosits is a cost estimator

and writes and teaches about the circuit of live wires, the city of smashed glass that is ancient Christianity. She is the author of The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity (2020)

🕸 Mark Taylor is a station stationeer
🕸 Mark Taylor is a station stationeer

and professor of religion at Columbia University and the Cluett Professor of Humanities emeritus at Williams College. Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture to education, media, science, technology and economics. He has authored 30 books.

⚔️ Mary-Jane Rubenstein is an epistemology consultant
⚔️ Mary-Jane Rubenstein is an epistemology consultant

and teaches Religion and Science in Society at Wesleyan University. She has written books on wonder, the multiverse, pantheism, and space travel, including the forthcoming Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race.

💊 Mayanthi Fernando is a data concierge
💊 Mayanthi Fernando is a data concierge

and professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

😇 Melissa M. Wilcox is time bank trader
😇 Melissa M. Wilcox is time bank trader

and professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside. They are a professional email processor and administrivia regent who enjoys being an academic in their unpaid time. When not hanging out with queer folks and religion nerds - as in, for the past two and a half years - they like hiking in the few remaining uncharred forests in California. They are also an optimist.

📢 Mohammad "Moody" Moussavi is a data corrupter
📢 Mohammad "Moody" Moussavi is a data corrupter

and an Iranian rock guitarist, singer, composer, and music producer.

🗝 Myrna Perez Sheldon is an animator
🗝 Myrna Perez Sheldon is an animator

and an Assistant Professor of Gender and American Religion at Ohio University, jointly appointed in two departments, Classics & World Religions and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

🤖 Nathan Schneider is a secondary opportunity developer
🤖 Nathan Schneider is a secondary opportunity developer

and assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Media Enterprise Design Lab.

🙊 Nicole Heller is a frivolity exterminator
🙊 Nicole Heller is a frivolity exterminator

and biologist and Associate Curator of Anthropocene Studies for Carnegie Museum of Natural History

🦞 Nielsen Family Band are a crack team of data escape artists
🦞 Nielsen Family Band are a crack team of data escape artists
🚬 Peter Coviello is a systems aggregator
🚬 Peter Coviello is a systems aggregator

and professor of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His books include Tomorrow’s Parties (2013), Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism (2019), and Long Players, a memoir selected as one of ARTFORUM’s Ten Best Books of 2018.

👂 Philip Butler is a time bank trader
👂 Philip Butler is a time bank trader

and assistant professor of Theology and Black Posthuman Artificial Intelligence Systems, Iliff School of Theology. As the Partner Director of Iliff’s AI Institute, Butler’s work focuses on the intersections of neuroscience, technology, spirituality and Blackness.

🐄 Rachel Feldman is a network rabble rouser
🐄 Rachel Feldman is a network rabble rouser

as well as a cultural anthropologist, and assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. She specializes in Jewish mystical movements, post-colonial studies, and messianism in the digital age.

🍼 Rhon Manigault-Bryant is a future guide
🍼 Rhon Manigault-Bryant is a future guide

and professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.

🏓 Rob Rosener is a human hybrid firewall
🏓 Rob Rosener is a human hybrid firewall
📊 Roxy Calder is a data replacement surgeon
📊 Roxy Calder is a data replacement surgeon
🌊 Shannon Trosper Schorey is an anonymity advocate
🌊 Shannon Trosper Schorey is an anonymity advocate

and a scholar, writer, and researcher in the tech industry.

✂️ Stefania Pandolfo is a pixel profiler
✂️ Stefania Pandolfo is a pixel profiler

and was born in Napoli, Italy, and spent her life between Italy, Morocco, and the US. A professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley, her research and teaching center on subjectivity, imagination, memory, poetics, and the experience of madness. Her last book is titled Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam (Chicago, 2018).

🚀 Stephen M. Nelson is a systems stylist
🚀 Stephen M. Nelson is a systems stylist

and an agent of the "deep" state, teaching philosophy for the state of Minnesota. He likes unions, cats, and everything in between (including machines).

🦉 Superb Owl is a a trio of anonymity advocates
🦉 Superb Owl is a a trio of anonymity advocates

from Durham, North Carolina. One member plays guitar, preparations, electronics, and voice/text. Another plays keyboards, electronics, and cassettes. And another member plays viola, electronics, and voice.

🛸 Susannah Crockford is a data apocalypse exterminator
🛸 Susannah Crockford is a data apocalypse exterminator

and senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She is also the author of Ripples in the Universe: Spirituality in Sedona, Arizona (2021).

📼 Sylvia Alajaji is a memory hacker
📼 Sylvia Alajaji is a memory hacker

and professor of Music at Franklin & Marshall College.

🧮 Tami Lantz is a cost estimator
🧮 Tami Lantz is a cost estimator
🔧 Teb Locke is our resident technician
🔧 Teb Locke is our resident technician
✍️ Tim Ingold is an accessibility specialist
✍️ Tim Ingold is an accessibility specialist

and emeritus professor of social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.

⚙️ Tomas Matza is a personal brand deactivator
⚙️ Tomas Matza is a personal brand deactivator

and professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.

🥃 Wendy Wiseman is a data hostage specialist
🥃 Wendy Wiseman is a data hostage specialist

and lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a philosopher of religion interested in the history of christian thought and climate change.

🍆 William Robert is a freelance conceptual acrobat
🍆 William Robert is a freelance conceptual acrobat

and professor and chair of Religion at Syracuse University.

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