Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Imagining Outer Space, 1900 - 2000


Alexander C.T. Geppert: European Astrofuturism, Cosmic Provincialism. Historical Problems and Historiographical Perspectives
Keynote Lecture (open to the public)
Steven J. Dick: Space, Time and Aliens. The Role of Imagination in Outer Space
Feature Presentation I
Philip Pocock: SpacePlace. Art in the Age of Orbitization
Panel I: Theorizing Outer Space
Debbora Battaglia: Galaxies of E.T. Discourse. An Anthropologist's First Contact with the Science of Weird Life
Thomas Brandstetter: Imagining Inorganic Life. Crystalline Aliens in Science and Fiction
Benjamin Lazier: The Globalization of the World-Picture. Towards a History of Earth and Artifact in Twentieth-Century Thought
Panel II: Personalizing Outer Space
Christina Wessely: Cosmic Spectacular. Rocketry, Weltanschauung and the Quest for Cosmic Ice in Weimar Germany
Thore Bjørnvig: Transcendence of Gravity. Arthur C. Clarke and the Apocalyptic of Weightlessness
Panel III: Localizing Outer Space
Kerrie Anne Dougherty: Spaceport Woomera
Sven Mesinovic: Inner Space and Outer Space. Similarities, Differences and Connections
Panel IV: Screening Outer Space
Burghard Ciesla: Outer Space, Inner Fear. Cold War SF-Films in East and West
Henry Keazor: A Stumble in the Dark. Gerry Anderson's Space 1999
Werner Suppanz: Nazis in Space. Distant Worlds as Projection Screen of Cultural Memory
Feature Presentation II
Screening of Historical Films
Panel V: Fictionalizing Outer Space
Claudia Schmölders: Unwriting Heaven. Tunguska Region, June 30, 1908
Steffen Krämer: Ancient Heroes and Early Christian Ascetics. Archetypes of Modern Science Fiction
Rainer Eisfeld: Projecting Landscapes of the Human Mind on Another World. Changing Features of an Imaginary Mars
Panel VI: Visioning Outer Space
Pierre Lagrange: A 'Symmetrical' Explanation for Flying Saucers
James I. Miller: Encountering Aliens in the French Countryside. UFOs and the Fabrication of a New World in Quarouble, France, 1954
Panel VII: Politicizing Outer Space
Monica Rüthers: Outer Space, Children's Material Culture and Soviet Imagery after Sputnik
Michael J. Neufeld: Smash the Myth of the Fascist Rocket Baron. East German Attacks on Wernher von Braun in the 1960s
Panel VIII: Communicating Outer Space
Guillaume de Syon: Between the Bubble and the Moon. Visions of Space Travel in Francophone Comic Strips
Bernd Mütter: Per Media Ad Astra? Outer Space in West Germany's Media 1957 - 1987
Panel IX: Automatizing Outer Space
James Schwoch: Short, Nasty, and Brutish. The Curious Life of Telstar, 10 July 1962 - 21 February 1963
Gonzalo Munevar: Self-Reproducing Automata and the Impossibility of SETI
Panel X: Designing Outer Space
William R. Macauley: Inscribing Scientific Knowledge. Interstellar Communication, Universal Laws and Contact with Cultures of the Imagination
Tristan Weddigen: Alien Spotting. Damien Hirst's Beagle 2 Mars Lander Calibration Target and the Exploitation of Outer Space
Helmuth Trischler: General Commentary


Philippe Ailleris (Noordwijk), Jürgen P. Arimond (Mülheim an der Ruhr), Deborra Battaglia (South Hadley, MA), Peter Becker (Linz), Thore Bjørnvig (Kopenhagen), Thomas Brandstetter (Wien), Ralf Bülow (Berlin), Melody Burke (Berlin), Paul E. Ceruzzi (Washington, DC), Burghard Ciesla (Berlin), Philippe Cosyn (Brüssel), Andreas Daum (Buffalo, NY), Peter Davidson (Edinburgh), Dorothee Dehnicke (Berlin), Steven J. Dick (Washington, DC), Kerrie Anne Dougherty (Haymarket), Oliver Dunnett (Nottingham), Rainer Eisfeld (Osnabrück), James Farry (Manchester), Sebastian Grevsmühl (Paris), Heiko Hoos (Karlsruhe), Frank Hoppe (Berlin), Henry Keazor (Frankfurt am Main), De Witt Douglas Kilgore (Bloomington, IN), Karolin Konermann (Heidelberg), Steffen Krämer (München), Pierre Lagrange (Paris), Benjamin Lazier (Stanford, CA), Marie Lottmann (Berlin), William R. Macauley (Manchester), Sven Mesinovic (San Domenico di Fiesole), Lisa Messeri (Cambridge, MA), James I. Miller (Davidson, NC), Bernd Mütter (Mainz), Gonzalo Munevar (Southfield, MI), Michael Neufeld (Washington, DC), Philip Pocop (Karlsruhe), Monica Rüthers (Fribourg), Diethard Sawicki (Paderborn), Ulrike Schmitzer (Wien), Claudia Schmölders (Berlin), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Wien), Matthias Schwartz (Berlin), Angela Schwarz (Siegen), James Schwoch (Evanston, IL), Å. Ingemar Skoog (Immenstaad), Maria Stuiber (Augsburg), Werner Suppanz (Graz), Guillaume de Syon (Reading, PA), Johanna Tönsing (Bielefeld), Helmuth Trischler (München), David Valentine (Minneapolis, MN), Jochen Viehoff (Paderborn), Michael Volkmer (Bielefeld), Tristan Weddigen (Bern), Peter Weingart (Bielefeld), Bernd Weisbrod (Göttingen), Christina Wessely (Berlin), Jasmine Wohlwend (Bern)

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