Overview Effect Video 25 Years on


I only just stumbled across this: A video reflecting on the ‘Overview Effect’ concept outlined by Frank While in 1987.

Full website for the project here.

There is a lot that I like about this concept, but I also think there are some interesting things to be said about it from a critical (and/or Critical Theory) perspective. If anyone is interested in reviewing it for the journal Space Policy, please give me a shout! I would love for someone to write say 1-2,000 words giving an overview (no pun intended) of the original text, then reflecting on this film and the themes, some 25 years on, incorporating some level of critique of the ‘Overview’ concept.

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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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