Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Planetary Futures Seminar: Extra-Terrestrial Politics - Considerations in Philosophy, Law & Ethics 

09 February 2017, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

blue marble NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stockli

Event Information

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

The second in the Planetary Futures Seminar Series welcomes Dr Jill Stuart from the Department of Government at the LSE.

The session will start with a guest lecture from the invited speaker, followed by a plenary discussion and Q&A.

All are welcome to attend.

For all queries, please contact the co-organisers: Aline-Florence Manent and David Jeevendrampillai.

What is the future of the planet? Whether the impending ecological crisis, the movement of hegemonic ideological socio-political realms or the techno-scientific promises of life on Mars, planetary futures engages a broad range of disciplines. This seminar series will generate dialogue across disciplines and we invite participation from all who have interest in the planetary, whether as a scale of inquiry or an object of study. The talks will be of interest to those in the social sciences, particularly Anthropology, Sociology, History, Politics, STS, Geography as well as the Sciences, particularly Physics, Astronomy, Geology and Space Science. The goal is also to spur a reflection among the broader interested public on the construction of planetary imaginaries and interrogate our current academic apparatus for thinking about planetary futures.

  • March 2017 (TBC): Allen Abramson (UCL)
  • Wednesday 26 April 2017 (5-7pm): Or Rosenboim (Cambridge)
  • Wednesday 10 May 2017 (5-7pm): Mira Siegelberg (Queen Mary University)

Image Credit: "blue marble" NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/7Gc6C3)