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Keynote Speakers:

Peter Dickens

Visiting Professor of Sociology, University of Brighton, and Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
'Outer Space, Capital and Moments of Struggle'

Jill Stuart

London School of Economics
'Global Navigation Satellite Systems and Geopolitical Power'

James Ormrod

University of Brighton
'Contesting Risk in Outer Space'

Nicola Triscott

Arts Catalyst
'The Cultural Utilisation of Space'

Dave Webb

Professor of Engineering Modeling and Director of the Praxis Centre on the Study of Information and Technology in Peace, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, Leeds Metropolitan University, and Convener of the Board of Directors of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
'Keeping Space for Peace – Making the Global Connections'

This aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for academics and students from all disciplines and members of the public to discuss issues concerning social power and outer space. Indicative issues to be discussed include; the use of outer space to control warfare on Earth, the monitoring of social groups through space technology, the commodification of space resources, the control of outer space by nation states, the use of satellites in maintaining cultural domination, and the risk posed by nuclear space technologies and space debris. As an academic forum, the symposium will address how the relationship between these processes and social power can be understood and explained. But as part of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space’s annual International Keep Space for Peace Week, we are also interested in discussing how this social power can be (and is) contested.

Our approach has been to keep this symposium as cheap as possible for all concerned. There is no fee to attend. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. However, you are asked to bring or buy your own lunch, and evening meal (for those who wish to).

Saturday 1 October 2011
10am – coffee
10.30am – start
4pm – close (approximate)
Mayfield 101, Falmer campus, University of Brighton
See map and directions to our campus.

If you would like to give a talk or paper, we welcome any offers. Please send a title and summary/abstract to James Ormrod at the address below.

To book a place, please also email James Ormrod.

Best wishes

Dr. James S. Ormrod
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
School of Applied Social Science
University of Brighton