I. Augustus Durham

I. Augustus Durham is a PhD candidate in English at Duke University. His fields of interest include 20th century American/African-American literature and French philosophy with a focus on such thinkers as Richard Wright and Michel Foucault. Before attending Duke, he was a 2011 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with the degree Master of Divinity.

Amanda Starling Gould

Amanda Starling Gould is a PhD candidate in Literature at Duke University. Her current work investigates how the visible textures and invisible networks of technoscientific new media affect and effect modern thought and literatures, and how the shape of a literary work–its legible topographies, its structural architectures, its digital immaterialities, and its transmedia contexts–influence its discursive function. Her newest project is 2-year Duke FHI-sponsored collaborative attempt to map an Ecology of Networks.

She is a HASTAC Scholar, a Duke PhD Lab of Digital Knowledge scholar, a member of Mark Hansen’s Speculative Computing (S-1) Lab, a Networked Researcher, and an avid techno-experimenter. Her most recent publication, “A Bibliographic Overview of Electronic Literature” can be found as this year’s Featured Article on the Electronic Literature Directory. She blogs at Textured Literature on HASTAC and on the Networked Reseracher. And tweets @stargould.

Jacqueline A. Kellish

Jacqueline Kellish is a doctoral student in English at Duke University. Her scholarly trajectory began in the social sciences (political theory), and her current research focuses on 20th-century to contemporary British and postcolonial literature, with an emphasis on transnational modernism. Jacqueline received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Chicago.

Lina Kuhn

Lina is a PhD candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her field is 20th century American and German literature, with a focus on science and literature, and in particular science fiction. She hopes to continue thinking through deep time in relation to affect and literary narratives as a way of living through the Anthropocene.

Patrick Thomas Morgan

Patrick is a doctoral student in Duke’s English department.  He started out as a geologist analyzing both deep-time fauna and more recent climate change geomorphologies.  His research focuses on theories of nature and the human—such as the relation between geology and literature—in nineteenth-century American and transatlantic texts.

Matthew Omelsky

Matthew Omelsky is a doctoral student in English at Duke University. His areas of interest include anglophone and francophone African fiction, Wolof language film, jazz and electronic music, and futurist aesthetics. He received his MA in Africana studies from Cornell in 2011.

Ben J. Richardson

Ben J. Richardson is a graduate student at Duke University. Born and raised in New Zealand, he first moved to North Carolina during the summer of 2012 to pursue doctoral work in English literature. His current research interests include transnational modernisms, Victorian bio-aesthetics, and the intersection between science studies and postcolonial theory.


Photo Gallery Credit: The images composing the dynamic header gallery of our Aesthetics of the Anthropocene site are taken from the personal photo libraries of contributors Patrick Thomas Morgan and Matthew Omelsky.

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