Call for papers “Space Settlement Symposium”


Txst_presidential_sealForthcoming symposium: “The Pursuit of Space Settlement”
When: 23 September 2016
Proposals due: 23 April 2016
Location: Texas State University (San Marcos, TX)

The Philosophy Department, Ingram School of Engineering, LBJ STEM Education and the Department of Aerospace Studies invite proposals from all perspectives regarding the pursuit of space settlement.

We seek panelists for two investigations

  • Should we pursue human settlement in space?
  • Can we be successful in sustaining human life in space?

We also seek proposals for breakout sessions in the afternoon.

All proposals will be considered through a blind review process.

Please email your proposal to Camrie Pipper at [email protected]

All emails should include “Space Settlement Symposium” in the subject line.

Questions concerning content of proposals can be addressed to the following:

STEM Education and Research – Dr. Araceli Ortiz [email protected]

Engineering Proposals – Dr. Yihong Chen [email protected] or Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour [email protected]

Humanities or not sure who to contact: Dr. Elizabeth Kanon [email protected]

Please feel free to call Dr. Kanon at 512-245-6597 with any questions or concerns


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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