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Spotlight On: Scholarly work about Star Trek

Last updated: 07/22/2015 | More Spotlight On content
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the TV series (nowadays called Star Trek: The Original Series) that began this hyper-popular media franchise, a franchise which became a cultural phenomenon of its own. Owing to the Western media's high access to all corners of the globe, coupled with a set of characteristics that set Star Trek apart, not least its optimistic message about humankind, Star Trek has inspired millions of people of all ages. In fact, it's been doing so for almost 50 years, and unsurprisingly it found its way to academic writing as well.

The list we assembled (a fraction of what is out there) exemplifies well the breadth of academic material that refers to Star Trek in one way or another: from using an idea raised by the series and movies either as a metaphor or as a valid suggestion in need of inspection, to using the series itself, its consumption, or the widespread knowledge about it as the target of writing. Scholars who chose to make use of Star Trek in their writing come from virtually every discipline imaginable, including physics, biology, psychology, political science, sociology, law, and of course cultural studies. Moreover, as can be seen in the assembled list, the Star Trek franchise continues to inspire academic writing to this day.

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