VIRTUAL COSS talk: The Promise and Past of Space Science
09 December 2021, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Osnat Katz explores the liberatory promise and troubling past of space science.
This event is free.
Centre for Outer Space Studies
Since the late nineteenth century, space has been represented – in philosophy, art and science fiction – as a place of infinite possibilities. Yet as the twentieth century progressed, space became a site for nationalistic power struggles, and in the twenty-first century space is increasingly the latest plaything for bored billionaires. In this talk, Osnat Katz explores the liberatory possibilities and troubling past of space – and offers a way forward for space to live up to its liberatory potential.
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About the Speaker
Osnat Katz (she/they) is a space historian and writer. Her research focuses on telling the stories of scientists and engineers at the UK’s oldest space science research institution, through conducting interviews and studying objects.