Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


COSS Talks

COSS Talks foreground cutting edge research and art practice concerning the critical study of Outer Space.

The events Talks are between 40 minutes and an hour long. Whilst they usually focus on the presentation of academic research through a traditional talk format we invite alternative formats such as panels, film screenings or anything else that is suitable.

If you are interested in giving a COSS Talk please contact david.jeevendrampillai@ucl.ac.uk and lucy.stagg@ucl.ac.uk

COSS TALKS series 2021-2022

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VIRTUAL COSS talk: "Space Cannot Be the Place": a Black Nihilist Critique

Florence Okoye presents a Black nihilist critique of the 100 Year Spaceship Project and materialising the spectacular.

28 October 2021, 7pm-8:30pm

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VIRTUAL COSS talk: "Making a Beginning Together": Queer Storying in the Spacetime (Dis)Continuum

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Beyond Gender will apply our method of collective close reading to investigate how Ursula Le Guin's The Shobies Story uses the strange realities of the space environment to experiment with new ways of thinking, writing and being together. 

18 November 2021, 7pm-8:30pm

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VIRTUAL COSS talk: The Promise and Past of Space Science

Osnat Katz explores the liberatory promise and troubling past of space science.

9 December 2021, 7pm-8:30pm