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Summer 2021
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27th International Conference of Europeanists, 21-25 June 2021
Mini-symposium 'European Space Futures, Real and Imagined'
Planetary Poetics and Politics in Post-War Europe 
Thursday, 24 June 2021, 10:00–11:30 EDT
Chair: Alexander C.T. Geppert (New York University and NYU Shanghai)

From Dystopia on Earth to Utopia in Space, 1944–1969 
Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire)


Speaking Space, 1954–1988 
Alexander Geppert


Outer Space and the Cosmos in Environmental Poetry, 1970–1990 
Thore Bjørnvig (University of Copenhagen)


Europe, Utopia and the late Cold War 
Tilmann Siebeneichner (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Forgetting Nâzim Hikmet on the Ship to Mars 
Nicola Thomas (University of Bristol)


Discussant: Caitríona Ní Dhúill (University College Cork)
European Astroculture and Beyond: A Roundtable 
Thursday, 24 June 2021, 12:00–13:30 EDT
Chair: Alexander C.T. Geppert (New York University and NYU Shanghai)

 
 
Participants: 
Martin Collins (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
De Witt Douglas Kilgore (Indiana University)
Nina Wormbs (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Richard Toye (University of Exeter)
 
28 June - 2 July 2021
Imagining, Limiting, Militarizing: European Astroculture and Beyond
Monday, 28 June 2021, 17:00–19:00 CET
Chair: Alexander C.T. Geppert (New York University and NYU Shanghai)
Participants: 
Martin Collins (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
Valerie Olson  (UC Irvine)
Amanda Rees (University of York)
Tilmann Siebeneichner (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Guillaume de Syon (Albright College)
Brad Tabas (ENSTA Bretagne)

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Spring 2021
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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.  
Location: Online
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.