Science Fiction in London

Auf der jährlichen stattfindenden Konferenz der British International Studies Association (BISA) präsentierte ich 2015 mein Papier “The construction of borders and the other
in modern science-fiction-movies as response to challenges of our real world” im Panel “Power, politics and popular culture: The interplay of identity and political practice in the popular imagination of security”. Programm

Abstract: The paper explores into the construction of boundaries, alterity and otherness in modern science‐fiction (sf) movies. Boundaries understood as real state borders, territoriality and sovereignty, as well as the construction of the other beyond an imagined border and delimited space have a significant meaning in the dystopian settings of contemporary sf‐movies. Even though sf-topics are not bound to the contemporary environment, be it of historic, technical or ethical nature, however, they do relate to the present‐day world and transcend our well‐known problems. Therefore, sf provides a focused critical discourse about current social challenges under extreme conditions like future technological leaps, encounters with the alien other or the end of the world, and at the same time enables to play through future challenges that might really happen. Movies like “Equilibrium“ (2002), “Code 46” (2003), “Children of Men” (2006), “District 9” (2009), and “Cargo“ (2009) show that in freely constructed movie settings we are not only not able to escape from our border conflict, but quite the contrary, we also take them anywhere with us, even to an alternative presence or into the future, and construct new precarious situations of otherness. In this sense, my paper illustrates in detail how sf takes the political difficulties of our real world one step further.