Event: Fourth Symposium on Astrosociology

August 25, 2011 at 10:16 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

The Fourth Symposium on Astrosociology has been announced at the University of Maryland on February 29-March 2, 2012 as part of the Space, Propulsion & Energy Sciences International Forum. The Symposium includes a session on space law and policy. See the below Call for Abstracts:

Fourth Symposium on Astrosociology
Call for Abstracts
(for Papers and Presentations)

Event: SPESIF 2012 Conference
Track: Fourth Symposium on Astrosociology
Dates: Wednesday, February 29 – Friday, March 2, 2012
Location: University of Maryland
(College Park, MD)

Important Note: We have negotiated a substantial decrease in the registration fees for our symposium. However, a continued presence at SPESIF depends upon a high volume of participation/attendance. We ask that you carefully consider joining us. Thank you!

Important Deadlines
Initial Abstract Submission: September 16, 2011
Draft Manuscripts Due*: October 15, 2011
Final Camera Ready Manuscripts Due*: January 15, 2012
* – for manuscripts only

Papers approved by the Technical and Editorial Committees will be published in an Elsevier Science proceedings dedicated volume.

Conference Link: http://www.ias-spes.org/SPESIF.html
Registration Link: http://www.astrosociology.org/4thastrosociologysymposiumreg.html

The following sessions comprise the symposium. See the attachment for more details.

B01. Astrosociology: Definition, Scope, and Relevance/Astrosociology in the Classroom
B02. Science Fiction and Scientific Actuality
B03. Space Policy and Law within Social Dimensions
B04. Astrosociology and Astrobiology (and SETI)
B05. Planetary Defense and Societal Protection
B06. Space Societies/The Settlement of Space Environments
B07. Technology Transfers and Spinoffs: How Space Technologies Improve Life on Earth
B08. Spacefaring Societies
B09. Medical Astrosociology
B10. Overview Effect
B11. Space History and Society: a Cultural History of the Space Age, 1900-2011
B12. Political Economy of Space Ecologies
B13. Space and Society (Undergraduate Session: General Topics)
B14. Space and Society (Graduate Session: General Topics)

If interested in serving as a session chair, please email Jim Pass (jpass@astrosociology.org) or Chris Hearsey (chearsey@astrosociology.org).

We welcome all who wish to familiarize themselves with the field of astrosociology without presenting at this particular conference. Attendees must pay reduced conference fees for the days they attend. Students receive a substantial discount.

Important Note: participants are not required to write formal papers, so a PowerPoint presentation is adequate to become part of the program. Thus, for those who do not have enough time to write a paper, participation is still a possibility. Participants must submit abstracts for both papers and presentations, the latter of which summarizes the major theme/purpose of the PowerPoint slideshow presentation. Any author or presenter may submit one additional paper, subject to publication limitations set out by SPESIF, or one additional presentation for an extra $20. Please email Glen Robertson (gar@ias-spes.org) for the rules regarding publication limitations.

The Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI) serves as a cooperative organization with the SPESIF conference. ARI is a California 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that seeks to support astrosociological research, including promoting student participation in astrosociology sessions and providing funding assistance for them when this becomes possible in the future. See the ARI website (www.astrosociology.org) for a complete definition of astrosociology and description of ARI’s mission.

Please pass along this invitation to colleagues who may wish to participate in our symposium based on the session topics above. Thank you!


Jim Pass, Ph.D.
Chair, 4th Symposium on Astrosociology (SPESIF 2012 Conference)
Chief Executive Officer, Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI)

Christopher Hearsey, M.S.
Co-Chair, 4th Symposium on Astrosociology (SPESIF 2012 Conference)
Deputy Executive Officer, Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI)

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