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Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences


Nielsen, H and Philpott, C, Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Polar Journal, 8, (1) ISSN 2154-896X (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/2154896X.2018.1468624


This special issue of The Polar Journal showcases six papers from the "Depths and Surfaces" Antarctic humanities and social sciences conference, held in Hobart from 5 -7 July 2017. The introduction argues that while the physical continent of Antarctica is beyond the reach of most, the images and narratives that circulate in cultural discourse offer ways to experience the place from afar. Four general submissions are also included in the issue, three of which offer examinations of the far north context. First, this introduction traces the growth of Antarctic humanities and social sciences, both within the context of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and in relation to the International Polar Year (IPY). Background information on the formation of the SCAR History Expert Group (HEG) and Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) provides context for the "Depths and Surfaces" conference, and sets the scene for discussions on the role of humanities in wider polar research projects. The authors argue that by integrating the likes of philosophers, anthropologists, historians and literary critics into larger research projects at the outset, and inviting them to shape the directions of research alongside their scientific counterparts, both the processes and products of research are enriched. The question of Antarctica's accessibility for artists and non-scientific researchers is considered, before each of the essays that make up the special issue is introduced. Taken together, the articles collated in this edition expand our knowledge of the polar regions and human engagement with these areas in exciting ways, and invite the reader to delve deeper into a range of disciplines. When it comes to polar humanities and social science research, there are still many depths to explore.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Antarctica, polar, humanities, social sciences
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Other Indigenous studies
Research Field:Other Indigenous studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nielsen, H (Dr Hanne Nielsen)
UTAS Author:Philpott, C (Dr Carolyn Philpott)
ID Code:125240
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-04-09
Last Modified:2018-08-03

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