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Diverging Antarctic heritage discourses: the geopolitical ramifications of non-state actor engagement with the ‘state-sanctioned’ version of Antarctic heritage


Hingley, R, Diverging Antarctic heritage discourses: the geopolitical ramifications of non-state actor engagement with the state-sanctioned' version of Antarctic heritage, The Geographical Journal pp. 1-20. ISSN 0016-7398 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/geoj.12383


The governance of heritage in Antarctica has always been centred on the nation-state and the dissemination of its Antarctic narrative both within the state and between states. However, non-state actors outside of the state offer alternative conceptions of Antarctic heritage. What are the geopolitical consequences of their engagement with objects and places of heritage on and around the frozen continent? Are non-state actors accounted for within the current, official and dominant discourse on heritage under the Antarctic Treaty System? These questions align with a broader enquiry into the system’s capacity to adequately account for non-state actors and their increasing presence in the polar region 60 years on from the signing of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty. In an attempt to better understand the nature of non-state actors’ interaction with Antarctic heritage and the conditions under which it occurs, this paper will investigate how three non-state actors conceive of and engage with Antarctic heritage: the tourism industry, environmental activists, and individuals. It will then consider the implications of their engagement with Antarctic heritage under the current framework for heritage management, before considering the potential obstacles the system may encounter in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:geopolitics, heritage, non-state actors, tourism industry, ENGOs, Antarctic Treaty System
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Political geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Design
UTAS Author:Hingley, R (Dr Rebecca Hingley)
ID Code:151214
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2022-07-25
Last Modified:2022-07-27

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