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On 5-7 July 2017 the University of Tasmania is hosting the conference “Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences”, at the IMAS and CSIRO waterfront buildings.
The Call for Papers is copied below. Please see the conference website for more details. While the conference is focused on the humanities and social sciences, researchers from across the disciplines whose work is relevant to the conference theme are encouraged to participate.
Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.
Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region – past, present and future – requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.
Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University), Prof. Anne Noble (Massey University) and Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney)
CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite papers from a broad range of disciplines – including history, literary and cultural studies, creative arts, sociology, politics, geography and law – that engage with the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Contributions from scientists interested in engaging with the HASS community are encouraged. Both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes question time) and interdisciplinary panels are welcome.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words, including a short bio note, in WORD doc format, should be emailed to [hidden email] by 3 March 2017, with notification of acceptance by 31 March 2017. There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be expanded into one or more publications stemming from the conference.
For enquiries please contact [hidden email].
This is the third joint conference of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group and the History Expert Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Local sponsors include the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group, the Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath, and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania).
Convenor: Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Leane (School of Humanities/IMAS, University of Tasmania)
Dr Ben Maddison (School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, U. Wollongong) Dr Jeff McGee(Faculty of Law/IMAS, UTAS) Dr Steve Nicol (Adjunct Professor, IMAS, UTAS) Miranda Nieboer(Postgraduate Candidate, School of Humanities/IMAS, UTAS) Hanne Nielsen (Postgraduate Candidate, School of Humanities/IMAS, UTAS) Dr. Carolyn Philpott (Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts, UTAS)
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