N. Katherine Hayles is the Hillis Professor of Literature, Distinguished Professor, Departments of English and Design/Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.
One of the foremost scholars of the relationship between literature and science in the late twentieth century, Hayles writing and research have focused on American postmodern literature, electronic textuality, posthumanism, technocriticism, electronic literature, hypertext and hypertext fiction. She is particularly concerned with the parallels between scientific models and literary theories as well as in contextualizing the interactions between humans and intelligent machines. Her book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics won the Rene Wellek Prize for the best book in literary theory for 1998 - 1999. In 2006, Hayles worked at the National Humanities Center as an ASC Fellow.
Professor Hayles delivered the following address at the 2006 ASC conference.