Academic Profile

IanEJHilltrope

I am an Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Go Thunderbirds! I am also a faculty member of UBC’s Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies.

My research into rhetoric and technology focuses on the ways people advocate, resist, design, and otherwise argue and debate machines and systems, as well as how machines themselves are persuasive.

If you’d like to hear more about my research, please listen to this interview I did for CITR 101.9 in October 2013.

My published scholarship examines the rhetoric of the “masses” in 19th century political economy (Advances in the History of Rhetoric), sonic torture (Western Journal of Communication, 2012) and the role of technology in the work of Kenneth Burke (Kenneth Burke Journal, 2009 and in Burke in the Archives, University of South Carolina Press, 2013). Other research in progress includes projects on the rhetorical aspects of UPC bar codes, military interrogation methods in the war on terror, the legislative inquiry into deep packet inspection data mining, and a historical series of military photographs that I call “gas mask portraiture.” I am currently working on a book project that examines weapons rhetoric in the period between the French Revolution and the Unabomber’s mail bombing campaign.

Take a look at my virtual press, Copyleft Press, where I and my Discourse and Society students self-published an eBook entitled Language as Power: The Terminology of Contemporary Mass Movements.

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