Philipp Kneis has studied American Studies and History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has been the organizer of numerous transatlantic student-based conferences and symposia. His main research interests are American film and television, American politics, European studies, Native American Studies, and memetics. Other interests concern poetry and photography (at pjkx.com). He has recently published The Emancipation of the Soul: Memes of Destiny in American Visual Culture (Peter Lang, 2010).
Finding Atlantis Instead of Utopia:
From Plato to Starfleet and Stargate Command
In this article, Philipp Kneis analyzes the influence of Plato's political thought on contemporary American science fiction, especially Star Trek and Stargate.