We live an age of rapid technological change. The Infernal Machine, an initiative of The Hedgehog Review at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, attempts to get a hold of these changes and consider them in terms of questions about the good, the true, and the beautiful. Never content to look only at the immediate moment, The Infernal Machine draws on the approaches of history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, media studies, and religious studies to make sense of the historical and contemporary relationships among technology, ethics, and being human. Read our inaugural manifesto here.
The Infernal Machine is looking for contributions. If you have an idea for a piece, please send a short pitch to one of the editors, who are listed below.
Ned O’Gorman is Associate Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He works at the intersections of rhetoric, technology studies, and political thought, especially in the Cold War. He is the author of Spirits of the Cold War: Contesting Worldviews in the Classical Age of American Security Strategy (2011, Michigan State University Press) and The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America Since the Kennedy Assassination (2015, University of Chicago Press).
Leif Weatherby is assistant professor of German at New York University. His work focuses on the interlocking histories of technology, philosophy, and literature. He is the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German Romanticism between Leibniz and Marx, and his writing has appeared in venues like SubStance, Viewpoint, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can follow him on Twitter at @leifweatherby.
Chad Wellmon is associate professor of German at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on European intellectual history and the history of technology. He is the author, most recently, of Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern University (2015, Johns Hopkins University Press). You can read more of his work on his website or follow him on Twitter @cwellmon.