17 November 2010. With “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives” a new volume appears in the series Studies in Space Policy, edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork. It is the second volume on transdisciplinary investigations in the human exploration of space, jointly conducted by ESPI and the European Science Foundation.

The joint efforts of ESPI and ESF in broadening the look on humans in outer space have received wide acclaim since the first conference on this topic took place in October 2007 in Vienna (related webnews here) and the publication of the book “Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Odysseys” in October 2008 (related webnews here). Engaging the social sciences and the humanities as well as the arts has led to astonishing and fascinating understandings of the human quest for exploration beyond our planet. 
Encouraged by this success, ESF organised in April 2009 a follow-up workshop on the topic (related webnews here) and joined with ESPI in publishing the results as the current volume „Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. The book is edited by Ulrike Landfester (University of St. Gallen), Nina-Louisa Remuss (ESPI), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI) and Jean-Claude Worms (ESF), with Nina-Louisa Remuss acting as the managing editor. The chapters comprise sixteen contributions in the fields of politics and society, history and religion as well as culture and psychology. A truly transdisciplinary discussion is set up here with a wealth of approaches making this volume an exceptional case of transcending borders of disciplines and of looking at space in ways not yet explored. For ESF and ESPI the publication of this book is a further milestone in their on-going efforts in making all relevant disciplines join in investigating this great province of humankind. 
  Cover „Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives” 
Contributors to „Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives” at the April 2009 workshop with Ulrike Landfester (center-sitting), Nina-Louisa Remuss (fourth from right), Jean-Claude Worms (fifth from left) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (first from right)

The book is the fifth volume in the series “Studies in Space Policy” edited by ESPI and published by SpringerWienNewYork. Books in this series have been presented i.a. at the European Parliament and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The present volume „Humans in Outer Space – Interdisciplinary Perspectives” will be the centrepiece of an event ESPI will host during the upcoming session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
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Related Webnews:
- 12 October 2007. ESF/ESA/ESPI conference "Humans in Outer Space" held in Vienna
- 28 October 2008. ESPI and ESF launch the book "Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys"
- 3 April 2009. ESPI continues cooperation with ESF on "Humans in Outer Space"  



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