Speaker: Cooley, S. (Oklahoma State University)
Date: 9 May 2018
SMA hosted a speaker session presented by Dr. Skye Cooley (Oklahoma State University) as a part of its SMA Space Speaker Series. Dr. Cooley briefly discussed the importance of narratives and explained that humans understand the world through stories; we form identity, agreement, and truth through storytelling. He proceeded to review the methodology his team used to analyze Russian and Chinese news media over the period of September 2017 to April 2018. Dr. Cooley then summarized Russia’s and China’s strategic narratives and space stories, highlighting what these stories reveal about these nations’ views towards space. To conclude the session, Dr. Cooley spoke about the important insights into these narrative frameworks that this work uncovered.