How Not To Be Human: Exploring Humanity Through Science Fiction

This series will focus on the ways in which writers and film-makers have explored the question of what it means to be human in science fiction, by contrasting an imagined human nature with women, apes, machines and aliens – all of which have been imagined at various times as “non human”. 

Questions of race, gender, reason and emotion will be woven through all four lectures, to illustrate some of the rich and varied ways in which fictions based in science have imagined what (if anything) constitutes “human nature”.

Past Lectures In This Series
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Apes in Science Fiction

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 27 September 2021 - 6:00PM
Future Lectures In This Series
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Women in Science Fiction

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 29 November 2021 - 6:00PM
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Robots in Science Fiction

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 21 February 2022 - 6:00PM
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Aliens in Science Fiction

Professor Jim Endersby
Monday, 28 March 2022 - 6:00PM