Joseph S. Schick Lectures in Language, Literature, Lexicography: Katherine Ellison

Joseph S. Schick Lectures in Language, Literature, Lexicography: Katherine Ellison

Event Type

Faculty

Location

Root Hall, room A-264

Date

Time

Phone

(812) 237-3208

Description

The Joseph S. Schick lecture series welcomes Katherine Ellison, professor of 18 century literature and culture at Illinois State University, who will present “Ciphering Our Sacred Suffering: Early Secret Writing and the Computing of Trauma,” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Schick lecture room, located in root hall A-264.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Root Hall, rooms A269 and A270.

Ellison’s recent works include "A Cultural History of Early Modern English Cryptography" and "A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy" co-edited with Susan Kim.

Ellison’s lecture will focus on the 17th and 18th century teaching of cryptography in writing manuals and the ways in which early computing, sometimes using computing machines, was rhetorically positioned as a means of coping with inexpressible trauma—connecting rhetoric, writing studies, technical communications, literary studies, pedagogy and theories of trauma with the history of technology.