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 is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Libby Modern is an artist, designer and founder of Modern Art, an experimental studio in Lancaster, PA.
Vincent Smaldone is a legendary turntablist from Lancaster, PA.
Nicky Kroll is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College. He's won prizes.
Mike Newman is master of faders, buttons, and dials.
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 is an artist, creative producer, and partner in healing.
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 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 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
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.
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.
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.
and professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion at the University of Chicago.
and a graduate student in Religion and Modernity at Yale University.
and assistant professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College.
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.
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 algorithmic dancer and transeverything historian who writes about revolutions and explosions in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.
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.
and professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University
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.
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.
and professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.
and a music producer, performer, and researcher living in Massachusetts. He is currently completing a master's program at the Harvard Divinity School.
as well as an author and librarian.
and professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College.
writer, historian, and theorist interested in media. He teaches in London.
and professor of History at the University of South Florida.
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).
and a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University and the author of Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers (2021).
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.
and best known as writer and director of the feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer/songwriter for the musical group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011). He has created several award-winning short films and has worked as both an actor and musician in American and European features.Cory’s latest project, I_BUTTERFLY, is a self-guided bike tour following the summer/fall migratory path of the monarch butterfly.
and currently University Professor of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. An advocate of using social science to address issues of public concern, Calhoun is the former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and the first president of the Berggruen Institute.
and artist, scholar, and gentlemen.
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.
as well as a poet and golfer from Lancaster, PA.
and Lancaster's voice of old time radio
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).
and Historical Curator at the Stanford Medical History Center. He is also an instructor in History at Stanford Continuing Studies.
and professor of Religious studies at the College of Charleston and co-author of Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and Predicament of Modern Spirituality (2017).
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).
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.
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).
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.
and associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.
and a poet and singer from Lancaster, PA.
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.
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.
and assistant professor of Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Idaho.
and an interdisciplinary artist and professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
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)
and International Director of KADIST.
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.
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).
and professor of Art and Design at the University of Illinois.
and an artist, educator, mentor and consultant from Brooklyn, NY.
and a graduate student in Religion and Modernity at Yale University.
and associate professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, and vice president of the Anarchy Club.
and enjoys, games, friends, TV, and ice cream.
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)
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.
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.
and professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.
and an Iranian rock guitarist, singer, composer, and music producer.
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.
and assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Media Enterprise Design Lab.
and biologist and Associate Curator of Anthropocene Studies for Carnegie Museum of Natural History
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.
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.
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.
and professor of Africana Studies at Williams College.
and a scholar, writer, and researcher in the tech industry.
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).
and an agent of the "deep" state, teaching philosophy for the state of Minnesota. He likes unions, cats, and everything in between (including machines).
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.
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).
and professor of Music at Franklin & Marshall College.
and emeritus professor of social anthropology at the University of Aberdeen.
and professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
and professor and chair of Religion at Syracuse University.