One would assume that an alien invasion would be a landmark moment for planet earth and the story it tells about itself. But what about those imaginings that made that nation real for generations of readers and thinkers? From H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to the privatization of space and the creation of a Space Force we are on the cusp of a “final frontier” for world heritage.
What about the rise of digital identity and the origins of our virtual selves? How can UNESCO’s WHA designation contend with this vital but underrepresented aspect of our cultural heritage? We will explore the problem of Planetarity and how we have conceived ourselves as global beings set apart from the more particularistic ways in which we belong to the world and identify ways for the WHA designation to account for this problem. What are the social, economic, and cultural implications for a greater inclusion of this component of our world culture?