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“The challenge is to improve yourself. To enrich yourself,” says Captain Picard.
Star Trek is more than just a science fiction franchise. The series and films have integrated elements that also play a crucial role in the classic utopian literary tradition. New technologies change a civilization, an entire miniature society develops on a starship, and an android, of all things, mirrors our humanity and wants to become like us. Finally, the Borg show us a future world we’d better not aspire to.
Star Trek has been answering many questions about our present for over five decades, and since the days of Captain Kirk, the series has become one of the most recognizable pop cultural phenomena in the world. From its early beginnings to the current series Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard, the lecture aims to bring closer what Star Trek has in common with classic utopias, how humanity has evolved for the better in the future, how the Federation defends its utopian ideals, and how the political relations between alien species reflect past and present conflicts in our real world.
Lecturer: Dr. Sebastian StoppeDuration: 60 min - The Lecture will be held in: german
He received his PhD from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg with a thesis on the television series Star Trek as a political utopia, and previously studied communication and media studies, political science, and medieval and modern history at the University of Leipzig.
In addition to numerous works on Star Trek, he has also published research articles on film music and computer games. Sebastian is a sought-after expert on Star Trek and is a regular guest on radio features, podcasts, and television on the subject. His new book, "Is Star Trek Utopia?" will be published in English by McFarland Publishers in 2022. Sebastian lives in Leipzig, Germany.