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Space Settlement Symposium



October 20, 2017

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

The event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and supported by the Departments of Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Geography, and Psychology.

This symposium seeks to create a conversation regarding the concept of “space settlement” from philosophical, anthropological, socio-political, psychological, literary, and other perspectives. We envision the student portion of the symposium to provide workshops and invite discussion proposals. All emails should include “Space Settlement Symposium Proposal” in the subject line.

Our topic for this symposium is: “The nature of a space-going social structure”


10:00 AM 10:40 Opening Speaker William Duffy Art in Space: Preservation and Loss of Culture in Multi-Generation Space Travel; LBJ Ballroom


10:50 AM 11:30 Breakout Sessions Maximillen Vis III An Examination of Artificial Intelligence, Mega- and/or Social-Structures in Halo: Contact Harvest; LBJ Ballroom

10:50 AM 11:30 Minakshi Das/Robert Robinson Let's Build a Space Colony: Brain Storming Exercise; LBJ 3-15


11:40 AM 12:20 PM Speaker Joseph Gottlieb In Search of a Bias-Free Reason for Space Colonization; LBJ Ballroom


12:30 PM 1:00 PM Speaker Eric Chelstrom The Unpredictability of Social Systems in Space Exploration and Colonization: Avoiding the Phantom Menace or Treating Humans like Clones; LBJ Ballroom


1:10 PM 1:50 Breakout Sessions John Manning Teaching Star Trek: An Analysis of the Themes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Practical Pedagogies; LBJ Ballroom

1:10 PM 1:50 Vanessa Johnson What Does It Take to be a Space Colonist: Creative Writing Exercise; LBJ 3-15


2:00 PM 2:50 PM Keynote Speaker  Jerry Barkow Stable cultures for generation ships and deep space settlements are impossible: overcoming the challenge; LBJ Ballroom