By Roberts Peder, Lize-Marié van der Watt, Adrian Howkins
The continent for technological know-how is additionally a continent for the arts. regardless of having no indigenous human inhabitants, Antarctica has been imagined in robust, leading edge, and infrequently nerve-racking ways in which mirror politics and tradition a lot additional north. Antarctica has develop into an immense resource of knowledge for typical scientists operating to appreciate international weather switch. As this publication exhibits, the instruments of literary stories, historical past, archaeology, and extra, can likewise produce very important insights into the character of the trendy international and humanity extra extensively.
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53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. , The Surveillance Imperative: Geosciences During the Cold War and Beyond (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Kim Stanley Robinson, Antarctica (New York: Bantam Books, 1999). Pablo Fontana, La Pugna Antártica, El Conflicto Por El Sexto Continente: 1939–1959 (Buenos Aires: Guazuvira Ediciones, 2014). See for instance Adam Grydehøj, Anne Grydehøj, and Maria Ackrén, “The Globalization of the Arctic: Negotiating Sovereignty and Building Communities in Svalbard, Norway,” Island Studies Journal 7, no.
47. , “On Thick Ice”; Aant Elzinga, “Through the Lens of the Polar Years: Changing Characteristics of Polar Research in Historical Perspective,” Polar Record 45, no. 1017/ S0032247409008316; Adrian Howkins, “Melting Empires? Climate Change and Politics in Antarctica since the International Geophysical Year,” Osiris 26, no. 1086/661271. 48. For an Antarctic example see Alessandro Antonello, “The Greening of Antarctica Environment, Science and Diplomacy 1959–1980” (PhD Thesis, The Australian National University, 2014).
To argue that the modern history of Antarctica is a narrative of enlightenment, from rivalry and exploitation to science and environmental responsibility, is naïve. 51 There is nothing inherently “green” about science. We must look to the humanities to explain the rise 12 P. ROBERTS ET AL. of such conceptualizations, and to help disentangle the contingent from the inevitable. TOWARD AN ANTARCTIC HUMANITIES If Antarctica is not self-evidently a continent for science, how might the humanities contribute to imagining it as a richer and more diverse space?