Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

Antarctica and the Humanities

Editors: Roberts, Peder, van der Watt, Lize-Marié, Howkins, Adrian (Eds.)

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The continent for science is also a continent for the humanities. Despite having no indigenous human population, Antarctica has been imagined in powerful, innovative, and sometimes disturbing ways that reflect politics and culture much further north. Antarctica has become an important source of data for natural scientists working to understand global climate change. As this book shows, the tools of literary studies, history, archaeology, and more, can likewise produce important insights into the nature of the modern world and humanity more broadly.  

About the authors

Peder Roberts is Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. His previous books include The European Antarctic: Science and Strategy in Scandinavia and the British Empire and The Surveillance Imperative: Geosciences during the Cold War and Beyond (with Simone Turchetti).

Lize-Marié van der Watt is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University (Arcum), Sweden. Her research publications include socio-environmental and political histories of South Africa and Antarctica.  Her current work focuses on the global context of environmental and political change in the Arctic.

Adrian Howkins is Associate Professor at Colorado State University, USA. His previous publications include The Polar Regions: An Environmental History (2015), as well as articles and essays in The Journal of Historical Geography, Osiris, and Environmental History.  He is a PI on the NSF-funded McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research project in Antarctica.  

Reviews

“The 13 contributing authors provide not only an impressive overview of humanities and social science approaches toward the study of Antarctica, but also clearly demonstrate that Antarctic research is relevant to more than the natural sciences. … Antarctica and the Humanities is recommended for any historian interested in Antarctica, but it would also appeal to a maritime historian interested in more than just ships and maritime technology or trade.” (Ingo Heidbrink, The Northern Mariner, Vol. 27 (1), 2017)

“Congratulations to Peder Roberts and his team for developing the concept of representing the humanities in Antarctica with a collection of essays … . This hardcover first edition of Antarctica and the humanities is beautifully presented, with endnotes following each chapter, with maps and illustrations, and an index for the diverse subject matter. It has been deservedly well-received. It is a book which invites further discussion. It is, and will continue to be, a valuable reference.” (Anna Lucas, Polar Record, 2017)


“This is a much overdue book on the importance of the humanities to the history of Antarctica. You will be surprised that something like this has not been written sooner. Read this book and you will immediately understand its significance, and hopefully the case won't ever have to be made again.” (Lisa Bloom, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA, USA, and author of “Gender on Ice” (1993))

“Antarctica has been heralded as a continent for science and adventure for a very long time.... Our relationship with Antarctica is complex, and many of the shades of this relationship have yet to be fully explored.  The humanities have a lot to offer in an exploration of these complexities and have been operating in the shadows of the natural sciences for too long.  This book has the potential to move the humanities out of the shadows and into the limelight of scholarly inquiry.  Roberts, van der Watt and Howkins have done a wonderful job pulling together a compelling, thoughtful and provocative selection of work from eminent scholars that puts the manifold and wondrous interactions between humans and Antarctic centre-stage.  This book marks the beginning of a new level of engagement with Antarctica from a humanities perspective.” (Dr. Daniela Liggett, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Antarctica: A Continent for the Humanities

    Roberts, Peder (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • Antarctic Diaries and Heroic Reputations: Changing the Subject

    Leane, Elizabeth

    Pages 27-51

  • Beriberi at Kerguelen: A Sub-Antarctic Case Study of a Tropical Disease, 1901–1903

    Lüdecke, Cornelia

    Pages 53-76

  • So Far, So Close. Approaching Experience in the Study of the Encounter Between Sealers and the South Shetland Islands (Antarctica, Nineteenth Century)

    Zarankin, Andrés (et al.)

    Pages 79-103

  • The White (Supremacist) Continent: Antarctica and Fantasies of Nazi Survival

    Roberts, Peder

    Pages 105-124

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eBook £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54575-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Antarctica and the Humanities
Editors
  • Peder Roberts
  • Lize-Marié van der Watt
  • Adrian Howkins
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54575-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54575-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54574-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 312
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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