Joseph Weakland

Brittain Fellow

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Writing and Communication Program
Email Address:
jweakland3@gatech.edu
Overview

Joseph Weakland draws on science fiction to chart the rhetorical possibilities opened up by emerging technologies. He is inspired by budding methodologies within other fields such as science fiction prototyping, speculative design, and architecture fiction, each of which harnesses science-fiction’s capacity to extrapolate nascent, unevenly distributed technological developments into the future. Joseph’s research seeks to use the sf methodology of speculative inquiry to formulate hypotheses regarding how emerging technologies—once they become more widely distributed—might perturb, disrupt, and/or transform the field of writing studies. This is the subject of his developing monograph, Composing Futurity, as well as the edited volume Rhetorical Speculations (with Scott Sundvall and Sidney I. Dobrin).

Education:
  • PhD in Writing Studies, University of Florida
  • MA in English, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • BA in English, Florida Gulf Coast University
Areas of
Expertise:
  • Environmental And Sustainability Education
  • Science Fiction
  • Writing Studies