קול קורא לכנס בנושא האנתרופולוגיה של החלל

Towards an Anthropology of Space: Orientating Cosmological Futures.

Institute of Advanced Studies | University College London |18th September 2017.

An epochal ‘move to space’ (Olivier 2015) has been articulated by various commentators as a crucial historical turn for all mankind, from Sputnik. The effect of images of Earth from Space has produced ‘globe talk’ (Lazier 2011:606) where horizons of social worlds are now planetary in scale. These universalising rhetorics nonetheless also hide the hegemony of normative frames of reference used to define humanity’s ‘final frontier’, along with the concept of ‘humanity’ itself.

What can we make of the new space race ethnographically? How would the consideration of relations between earth and off-earth life enable a fruitful theoretical development of social science enquiry? And, ultimately, in what ways can Anthropology think through the political, the material and the transcendent dimensions of an epochal turn to Space? In this workshop we will investigate the heuristic devices used in the creation of new forms of connectedness and separation that a relation with the extra-terrestrial could enable.

For the full CFP and further details please see

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/ias-news/planetary_futures_call_for_papers_towards_an_anthropology_of_space_orientating_cosmological_futures_conference