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The Politics of Life after Earth

Micha Rahder

Outer space imaginaries are booming. Reborn from Cold War projects into the post-9/11 securitized era, imaginaries of expanding life—human and otherwise—beyond the surface of the planet Earth are proliferating, creating new material impacts

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Beyond the Anthropocene

Un-Earthing an Epoch

Valerie Olson and Lisa Messeri

As “the Anthropocene” emerges as a geological term and environmental analytic, this paper examines its emerging rhetorical topology. We show that Anthropocene narratives evince a macroscale division between an “inner” and “outer” environment. This division situates an Anthropocenic environment that matters in the surface zone between Earth's subsurface and the extraterrestrial “outer spaces” that we address here. We review literature in the sciences and social sciences to show how contemporary environmental thinking has been informed by understandings of Earth's broader planet-scaled environmental relations. Yet, today's Anthropocene conversation draws analytic attention inward and downward. Bringing in literature from scholars who examine the role of the extraterrestrial and outer environmental perspectives in terrestrial worlds, we suggest that Anthropocenic theorizations can productively incorporate inclusive ways of thinking about environments that matter. We argue for keeping “Anthropocene” connected to its spatial absences and physical others, including those that are non-anthropos in the extreme.

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L'Express et l'espace après Apollo 11

La dramaturgie du récit journalistique à l'épreuve du spatial

Jérôme Lamy

This article examines the treatment of outer space in the French weekly magazine L'Express from 1969 to 2009. After the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, space was essentially analyzed from the perspective of geopolitics: International tensions, the Cold War, and the emergence of an integrated Europe served as prisms through which the subject of outer space was explored. After the Challenger crash in 1986, thinking about space took on a more commercial orientation; business, trade, and competition became a powerful frame of reference. At the same time, ecological concerns emerged to reinforce a negative view of space exploration. Space debris and the decline of utopian expectations became recurring themes. This cultural history of disenchantment over space reflected both a scaling back of Promethean ambitions and the assimilation of space into everyday life.

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(Un)seen Seas

Technological Mediation, Oceanic Imaginaries, and Future Depths

Stephanie Ratté

importance of the sea” ( Rozwadowski 2001: 221 ). In this era, the oceans were spaces of fishing, whaling, shipping, and later telegraphy. In the 1960s, scholars, scientists, and others established the discursive links between the oceans and outer space

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

imaginaries of outer space. Fears of environmental and sociopolitical catastrophes have within recent decades encouraged two interconnected forms of imaginaries, which in this article are referred to as Earth 2.0 and ecocentric imaginaries. According to the

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Michael K. Bess, David Lipset, Kudzai Matereke, Stève Bernardin, Katharine Bartsch, Harry Oosterhuis, Samuel Müller, Frank Schipper, Benjamin D’Harlingue, and Katherine Roeder

circles will pick up this important subject more widely. Outer Space Mobilities From Administrative Discourse to Critique Erik M. Conway, Exploration and Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars (Baltimore: Johns

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William Nessly, Noel B. Salazar, Kemal Kantarci, Evan Koike, Christian Kahl, and Cyril Isnart

neoliberal agenda of our societies. In a final and thought-provoking contribution, Deana L. Weibel proposes to study the religious dimensions of outer-space travels, including an Evangelical astronaut’s interpretations of his own journeys. The author makes

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Introduction: World Knowledge and Non-European Space

Nineteenth Century Geography Textbooks and Children’s Books

Andreas Weiß

discover (on earth and in outer space) and to new spheres of knowledge. The articles consequently broaden their scope of inquiry to include, in addition to geography textbooks, children’s and youth literature and architectural aspects of school buildings

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Majed Aladylah

different regional countries. Once again, Alia is distressed and saddened for the loss of her homeland and the scattering of her family members. A sense of nostalgia stretches over Alia's consciousness and emptiness of the outer space prevails over her

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Rogue or Lover

Value-Maximizing Interpretations of Withnail and I

Peter Alward

-maximizer identifies the interpretation that makes the work most valuable as the correct one . One might, of course, reject the value-maximizing project altogether on the grounds that it simply gets the interpretations of films wrong. Plan 9 from Outer Space (Ed Wood