2016-17 New Scholar Program Recipient

Joy Hancock

 Joy Hancock is a fourth-year doctoral student in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee.  Before entering her current program, Joy received a Modern Language Combination B.A. at the University of Central Florida (2002-2006).  She also completed an M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee (2008-2010).  Her research focuses on ice metaphors in early 20th century German speculative texts.  Joy’s dissertation project, Blood and Snow: Conservative Nationalism and Ice Spaces in Weimar Germany’s Science Fiction, examines bizarre “technical utopian novels” published in Germany between 1918 and 1933.  The project centers on the role of literary ice as the “reimagined” conservative battlefield in 1920s science fiction.  In addition to her research, Joy is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in German and has traveled all over the world.  She is thrilled to be extended the SFRA Support A New Scholar sponsorship and looks forward to increasing her participation in the academic science fiction community. 


Project Description

Joy Hancock’s dissertation, Blood and Snow: Conservative Nationalism and Ice Spaces in Weimar Germany’s Science Fiction, focuses on a fascinating speculative genre.  Pioneered by Hans Dominik, the technischer Zukunftsroman (“technical utopian novel”) proved immensely popular in Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918-1933).  The formulaic narratives feature an engineer or scientist who avenges Germany’s enemies using advanced technology.  Intriguingly, the Zukunftsroman authors often utilize ice “spaces” such as the Arctic or Greenland as key narrative settings.  Joy argues that these ice spaces intersect with conservative narratives of Kultur und Technik (culture and technology), two interrelated concepts that Weimar intellectuals believed could only be realized through warfare.  The popularity of campy science fiction ice narratives to some extent eased the 1930s transition to National Socialism. 


Applications for 2016-17 are no longer being considered.


Dear SFRA community,

We are pleased to post a call for applications for the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program (SNS), for 2016-2017*.

This New Scholars program supports advanced students and scholars of outstanding promise to assist them in taking part as active members of the science fiction community.

This excellence-based grant is aimed to help fund one graduate student and one non-tenure-track scholar for a period of two years, covering membership costs.

For more information, eligibility criteria, and application forms for both tracks, see links below.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: MAY 31, 2016

If you have any further questions please contact the SFRA Vice President, Keren Omry at: k.omry.haifa@gmail.com



Science Fiction Research Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software