Antarctica and the Humanities by Roberts Peder, Lize-Marié van der Watt, Adrian Howkins

By Roberts Peder, Lize-Marié van der Watt, Adrian Howkins

The continent for technological know-how can also be a continent for the arts. regardless of having no indigenous human inhabitants, Antarctica has been imagined in strong, leading edge, and infrequently tense ways in which mirror politics and tradition a lot additional north. Antarctica has develop into a tremendous resource of information for average scientists operating to appreciate worldwide weather swap. As this e-book exhibits, the instruments of literary stories, background, archaeology, and extra, can likewise produce vital insights into the character of the trendy global and humanity extra commonly.

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24 The diary can also be approached as practice: the habitual act of diary-keeping—its rhythms, locations, purposes—is significant apart from the textual content. These generic and functional ambiguities, in turn, lead to an indeterminate disciplinary framing. ”27 My aim here is to start a conversation about such critical analysis of diaries within the “Antarctic humanities,” using the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE)—Madigan’s expedition—as my example. “HEROIC ERA” DIARIES While the body of humanities-based research within Antarctic studies is fairly small, what does exist often concentrates on the “Heroic Era” (roughly the late nineteenth century to the early 1920s), with the consequence that this period is comparatively over-researched.

He historicizes and critiques the idea of Antarctica as a whole or unified space, illuminating the imperial, Cold War, and geopolitical projects behind such visions, and the implications of “global commons” projects for Antarctica. Using the concept of proto territory, Elena Glasberg’s chapter makes provocative connections between the heroic era expeditions of Captain Scott and others and the imperial politics that followed. Rather than being a “safe” subject in Antarctica’s past, historical narratives of the heroic era continue to resonate into the present.

23 (1999): 22–29; Glasberg, Antarctica as Cultural Critique. ANTARCTICA: A CONTINENT FOR THE HUMANITIES 21 25. Lisa Bloom, Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993). 26. For example Paul Arthur Berkman, Science into Policy: Global Lessons from Antarctica (San Diego: Academic Press, 2002); John R. H. 11075. 27. E. Fogg, A History of Antarctic Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992). 28. Roberts, The European Antarctic, 8.

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