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February 27, 2008

Call for Entries: LESS REMOTE

Filed under: Call For Entries — Nicholas @ 6:49 pm

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Leonardo is pleased to announce co-sponsorship of:

LESS REMOTE: The Futures of Space Exploration – An Arts and Humanities Symposium

Glasgow, September 30 – October 3, 2008

Call for submissions deadline: March 1, 2008

Less Remote is an international symposium scheduled to run parallel with the 2008 International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
In association with The Arts Catalyst, Leonardo and OLATS.
Co-sponsored by IAA Commission VI.

This symposium will offer a forum in which specialists from many disciplines will be invited to consider the future of space exploration in the context of our current understanding of social, economic and technological imperatives. One of the aims of the symposium is to foster a dialogue and exchange between the cultural and space communities.

Speakers from the Space Science & Engineering and Arts & Humanities communities will present keynote lectures on space exploration and its possible futures. Papers are also invited from the broad constituency of interest among artists, cultural analysts and historians, who have examined the wider implications of the scientific exploration of space for the better part of a century.

For more information on the symposium, please visit:

For more information on the 2008 IAC, please visit:


Practitioners, scholars and postgraduates in any relevant discipline are invited to submit abstracts that explore the following strands.

Cultures and Space: Highlighting the multiplicity of cosmologies that currently hold sway in the world, and considering the consequences of a tacit consensus on the range of opportunities for future space exploration

The Introspective Urge: Focusing on humankind’s image of itself as a determinant of space technology, and the impact of a changing self-image – for example as a consequence of ubiquitous global communications – on future space science

Leaving a Trace: Technical and ethical debate on the impact we have already had on the local solar system, and how our views will affect the possible future of space science and engineering

Living Space: Consideration of the continuity between the needs of humans on earth and the possible demands of spacefarers in remote and often hostile environments

Submission Guidelines:

Each session will consist of two invited presentations, two selected presentations, and a moderated discussion. Of the invited presentations, one will be solicited from within the space community, and the other from the arts community.

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