Bazerman Fellowship Talk by Dr. Fancher

You're invited to join the Writing Program faculty for a special celebration honoring Dr. Patricia Fancher the 2023 recipient of the Charles Bazerman Endowed Faculty Fellowship for Professional Writing Development. For her Bazerman Fellowship, Dr. Fancher completed the manuscript of her first book, Queer Techné: Bodies, Rhetorics, and Desire in the History of Computing, published through the National Council of Teachers of English. At the event, she will share a highlight of her research and methodologies for publishing this book.

Event Details: 
Date: May 3, 2024
Time: 1pm presentation followed by q/a. 

Book Abstract: 

Queer Techné offers an intimate portrait of the practices, embodied knowledge, desires, and friendships that animate the technical innovation of early digital computing. This book explores archival materials from the Manchester University National Archive for the History of Computing, the site of some of the earliest digital computers and the first commercial computer. The book first analyzes in depth the technical and scientific writing of Alan Turing, who is often credited as an early inventor of computers. Then, recognizing that no inventor works alone, the book places Turing’s work in context, first in the network of queer friends who collaborated with Turing and then within a community of women whose labor forms the foundation of computing operations. As such, this project argues for the importance of embodied experiences, gender, and sexuality as central lenses for understanding technical communication as well as technical innovation.

This endowed fellowship has been made possible by the generosity of Dr. Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.