Tag Archives: Dystopie

Science-Fiction auf der EISA-PEC in Prag

Auf der EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations  (#EISAPEC18) im September 2018 in Prag präsentierte ich zwei Papiere:

  • zum einen eine aktualisierte Version von“Killer Robots”: How Campaigners and Science-Fiction-Films show as a Dystopian Future in der Section “Technological Change and the Shape of an IR to Come” von Laura Horn und Nicholas Kiersy



  • zum anderen Leaving Earth Behind –
    Apocalypse and Escapism in Science-Fiction-Films
    in der Section “Anthropocene Politics: International Relations after the end of the World” von David Chandler und Delf Rothe

Digital Democracy bei der ECPR in Hamburg

Auf der ECPR General Conference 2018 (#ECPRconf2018) in Hamburg präsentierte ich zusammen mit Anja Mihr  das Papier(Digital) Democracy beyond institutional bordersscience fiction or virtual reality?” im Rahmen der von Thorsten Thiel organisierten Section “Digital Politics and Politics of the Digital”

Unsere Conclusion:

Democratic principles apply offline and online, in SF as well as in the real world. But the means, in particular by ICT and AI, change our perspective of how these principles are realized. Robots, avatars and other programmed ‘subjects’ are the results of human programmers (thus far!) and therefore even in SF not better or worse than humans. However, the challenge is the pace and the dimensions in which people will exercise good governance principles and fulfill human rights. The way we inform ourselves, provide data, analyse it and draw conclusions is often beyond our (human) understanding because technology accelerates the pace in which we take decision and conduct policy making.

However, “science-fiction” understood as a desired fictional development of new tech leading to a better future by strengthening government principles is a utopian wish. If we take a look on the actual science-fiction-genre, there is no digital democracy with good governance principles, yet, with very few examples as Astro Boy or even Arrival show. New tech in most cases leads to the abolition of the Western model of liberal democracy and thus leads into dystopia and thus extends our fears that in this new cyber world we lose control over what we hold most dear namely peace, justice, solidarity, freedom and equality. However, if we let go of the liberal democratic conception, the genre might indeed show us ways to overcome the precarious human condition with technology. Nonetheless, in the end those fundamental changes could pave the way for the biggest dystopias like in Matrix, Transcendence, Neuromancer or Die Tyrannei des Schmetterlings.

Film und Manipulation: Science Fiction

Wie schon 2015 und 2016 agierte ich am 10. August 2018 als Referentin für das Stipendiatenseminar der Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung “Film und Manipulation Science Fiction” in Kloster Banz. Ich sprach zu “Science-Fiction-Filme des neuen Jahrtausends unter politologischem Blickwinkel”.

Science-Fiction 2018 auf Kloster Banz

Mein Fazit:

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SF-Genre-Filme nach 2000

Im Sammelband von Jasmin Hasselt und Thomas Schärtl publizierte ich einen Beitrag zur Science-Fiction-Filme des neuen Jahrtausends unter politologischem Blickwinkel. Ich analysiere dabei die Filme “Equilibrium”, “Children of Men”, “Code 46”, “District 9” und “Cargo”.

Hermann, Isabella (2014): Science-Fiction-Filme des neuen Jahrtausends unter politologischem Blickwinkel, in: Hasselt, Jasmin und Schärtl, Thomas (Hrsg.): Religion und Philosophie im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Science Fiction. Aschendorff  Verlag, S. 99-119.


Kommentar zu Killer Robots und Dystopie

Auf dem Blog “MNU Planet” veröffentlichte ich einen Kommentar zur Verbindung von Tödlichen Autonomen Waffensystemen und dystopischen Science-Fiction-Filmen mit dem Titel: “The Dystopian Science-Fiction Link to Killer Robots”.

This article is published as part of Fridays With MUNPlanet, and its special series dedicated to world politics. The aim of this series is to bring you the analysis of global affairs by the established and upcoming scholars, decision-makers and policy analysts from various world regions. This week, Isabella Hermannin her article tackles the problem of lethal authonomous weapons (LAWS) and discusses the key positions in the current public campaigns and early discussions about what these robots could mean in the future. The author argues that “the discussion about killer robots is a science fiction discourse which literally is about future technological implications, even though the course is set right now”, and points to the key questions that may raise ethical and practical considerations , and concludes that “the development of LAWS has fundamental ethical and strategic implications, but science-fiction-movies are just and action-loaded and effect-hasing dystopian version of the future not a logical consequence of using machines in war and combat zones.”


Kommentar zu Science Fiction und Politik

Auf dem Blog “MNU Planet” veröffentlichte ich einen Kommentar darüber, wie Science-Fiction-Filme unsere gesellschaftspolitischen Herausforderungen und Problematiken widerspiegeln: “What Science Fiction can tell us about World Politics”.

This article is published as part of Fridays With MUNPlanet, and its special series dedicated to world politics. The aim of this series is to bring you the analysis of global affairs by the established and upcoming scholars, decision-makers and policy analysts from various world regions. This week, Isabella Hermann writes about popular culture and its  being a valuable lens for understanding world politics. By drawing on the science-fiction classics such as Star Trek or the more recent movies (Children of Men, Matrix, The Congress, World War Z, District 9, Code 46,  Cargo,  Gattaca)  the author addresses the important questions of international relations such as borders and identities, governance and  future of the state,  and encounters with the other and different . She argues that science fiction enables us to “play and think through the dangers and possible solutions – or even act as avant-garde for social developments.”

Dystopien – Angriff auf die Idylle in Mainz

Am 11. Februar 2016 fand in Mainz in Kooperation mit der Büchereiarbeit des Bistums Mainz, dem Pädagogischen Zentrum der Bistümer des Landes Hessen und der Phantastischen Bibliothek Wetzlar die Veranstaltung “Angriff auf die Idylle” statt, wo ich als Rednerin zum Thema “Dystopien in Science-Fiction als Spiegel unserer Zukunftsängste” sprach.

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