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 is usually a continent for the arts. regardless of having no indigenous human inhabitants, Antarctica has been imagined in strong, leading edge, and occasionally stressful ways in which replicate politics and tradition a lot extra north. Antarctica has develop into an incredible resource of knowledge for traditional scientists operating to appreciate international weather switch. As this ebook indicates, the instruments of literary reports, background, archaeology, and extra, can likewise produce vital insights into the character of the trendy global and humanity extra extensively.

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40. For a thoughtful discussion of this dynamic in a Norwegian context see Robert Marc Friedman, “Civilization and National Honour: The Rise of Norwegian Geophysical and Cosmic Science,” in Making Sense of Space: The History of Norwegian Space Activities, ed. John Peter Collett (Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Boston: Scandinavian University Press, 1995), 3–40. 41. See notably Clements Markham, “Opening Address,” in Report of the Sixth International Geographical Congress, Held in London 1895 (London: Murray, 1896), 7–25.

18. Apsley Cherry-Garrard is an oft-quoted example. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World 1910–1913 (London: Constable and Company, 1922). 19.  Rivers, 1905). 20. See for example Peder Roberts, “Heroes for the Past and Present: A Century of Remembering Amundsen and Scott,” Endeavour 35, no. 002. 21. One of us—Howkins—has considered this question at some length. ’ Some Thoughts on (Not) Visiting Antarctica,” Environmental History 15, no. 1093/envhis/emq060. 22. ” 23. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Dawning of Antarctica: A Geopolitical Analysis, (New Delhi: Segment Books, 1990); Dodds, Pink Ice; Adrian Howkins, “Defending Polar Empire: Opposition to India’s Proposal to Raise the ‘Antarctic Question’ at the United Nations in 1956,” Polar Record 44, no.

To demand utility is to make the humanities a pale imitation of the sciences—social as well as natural. But in the Antarctic context, it is precisely the fact that humanities scholarship is not an obvious part of the standard toolbox for interrogating the far south that makes it so important. ” While we recognize the intrinsic worth of humanities scholarship, we also emphasize the value of investigating the Antarctic from a range of disciplinary and epistemological perspectives. ANTARCTICA: A CONTINENT FOR THE HUMANITIES 5 Indeed, the question of utility today confronts the humanities as a whole.

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