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Interstellar Crossings: The Image of Exoplanets and the Imagination of Other Worlds

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free

This fall quarter the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center will host Yale anthropologist Lisa Messeri as part of their “Crossings + Boundaries” series.

Professor Messeri will recount ethnographic findings from her work with exoplanet astronomers – scientists who search for and study planets around stars other than the sun. She will discuss how sterile scientific images lead to rich imaginations of the kinds of places exoplanets might be. Transforming planets into worlds invites us to imagine leaving the boundaries of our world and extending human presence beyond the solar system. What are the stakes of such imaginations? How do they rethink Earth, as planet and world? Messeri will suggest that even as exoplanet images and imaginations pull us into the cosmos, they profoundly re-assert how being an Earthling is essential to being a human.

Details

Date:
October 26
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Phone:
(805) 893-3907
Email:
admin@ihc.ucsb.edu
Website:
http://www.ihc.ucsb.edu/

Venue

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

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