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How will humanity react to contact with an alien civilisation? How would different types of contact affect us? How would humans live with such a new reality? Contact, or even life with another intelligent species, would have ramifications into all areas of human life, such as, for example politics and governance, defence, law, religion, philosophy, sociology, psychology, communication and linguistics, arts and literature, and technology, to name but a few.

The editors Michael Bohlander, Andreas Anton and John Elliott invite contributions from an academic perspective, with a strong comparative and above all decolonising emphasis. Too many of the publications in the broader field of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) come from a Eurocentric and generally Western background. Contributions from the global South and Asia are strongly encouraged.

This project is linked to a global online survey of members of the public to be conducted by the editors with the title “Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence – A study of projected perceptions and reactions among the world’s societies”. 

For more information, please see the Call for Contributions


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