Skip to main content

Abigail Hockaday

Abigail Hockaday

Research Project Title:

A Woman’s Touch: Gender, Affect & The Computer in Twentieth-Century British Science Fiction (1939-1960)



Dr Stacy Gillis and Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Contact Details:



Research Interests:

  • Science Fiction
  • Feminist Theory (particularly Cyberfeminism)
  • Periodical Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • Science and Technology Studies
a robot doing meditation

Brief Outline of Research Project:

My research sits at the intersection of the cultural history of women and computing, and the history of British science fiction (SF).  This project identifies British SF magazines as making an important contribution to the cultural history of women and computers.  In these magazines, we can see the complex relationship between gender, affect and technology. I  explore who is allowed to touch the computer, and in what ways, in British SF magazines such as Tales of Wonder (1937-1942), New Worlds (1939-), Authentic Science Fiction (1951-1957) and Nebula (1952-1959).   I interrogate how women were represented as dangerous and incompetent users of the computer, and ultimately, I work to (re)frame British SF around the cultural relationship between women and computing.

Research Activities:

Academic Background:

  • MLitt in English Literature, Newcastle University
  • BA in English Literature, Newcastle University