Inaugurated in the spring of 2021, NYU Space Talks is a lecture series convened by Alexander C. T. Geppert at NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies with the Department of History in New York City. Each semester, established and upcoming scholars will present the latest research on the history and politics of outer space, extraterrestrial life and astroculture, both in Europe and around the globe.


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History, Politics, Astroculture




Spring 2021


Dark Skies: Geography, Geopolitics and Geohistory of Outer Space
Daniel Deudney, Johns Hopkins University 
Wednesday, 10 February, 14:00–15:30 EST
Location: Online
From the earliest times humans have attributed great importance to celestial phenomena. Over the last long century, space visionaries have imagined numerous projects to expand human activities into outer space, a few of which have been realized. A level-headed and balanced assessment of these activities and plans concludes that actual space activities have increased the likelihood of nuclear war and that making humanity a multiplanetary species poses multiple catastrophic and existential threats to humanity.  
The Eighth Continent: Lunar Enclosures in the Twenty-First Century Race for the Moon
Tamara Álvarez, The New School
Wednesday, 24 March, 14:00–15:30 EST
Location: Online
In the context of a Moon race where multiple actors are rushing to get hold of limited resources located in a reduced area, several international fora and working groups have been created to regulate the occupation of these lunar regions and the exploitation of their resources. In the lecture, Tamara Álvarez examines the way in which these regulatory practices are advancing the three-dimensional enclosure of the Moon's land, underground and radiospectrum and setting the basis for a lunar private property regime.
Militant Astroculture and the Cold War: A Roundtable
Alexander Geppert (NYU), Daniel Brandau (FU Berlin) and Tilmann Siebeneichner (HU Berlin) in conversation with Martin Collins (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), Amanda Rees (York) and Guillaume de Syon (Albright College).
Wednesday, 21 April, 14:00–15:30 EST
Location: Online
This roundtable takes the recent publication of Militarizing Outer Space: Astroculture, Dystopia and the Cold War (London 2021), the third and final volume in the European Astroculture trilogy, as an opportunity to discuss the role and function of militant astroculture in and for the Cold War.


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