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Performing Sovereignty over an Ice Continent


Leane, E and Jabour, J, Performing Sovereignty over an Ice Continent, Performing Ice, Palgrave Macmillan, C Philpott, E Leane and M Delbridge (ed), London, pp. 171-193. ISBN 9783030473877 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

Available from 01 November 2023

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-47388-4_8


Since the Antarctic Treaty of 1959, the southern continent has often been lauded as the last "unowned" space—an exemplary instance of international cooperation. However, the seven national claims made prior to this time still exist and, while legally nothing may be done to reinforce these claims as long as the Treaty is in place, both claimant and non-claimant states continue to assert their presence on the continent. With the extreme conditions preventing anything resembling normal settlement, and the Treaty forbidding explicit acts of sovereignty, this assertion of national presence is channelled into a variety of forms, many of them highly performative. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from naming rituals to the Japanese whaling controversy, a literary critic and a legal scholar together examine the distinct and evolving nature of the performance of sovereignty over the Antarctic ice.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:sovereignty performance, Antarctica, geopolitics, whaling, tourism
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing arts
Research Field:Drama, theatre and performance studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Jabour, J (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:141694
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT120100402)
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2020-11-11
Last Modified:2021-04-29

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