Abstracts are invited for two panels convened by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research History Expert Group, to take place in Portland, OR at the SCAR and Open Science Conference (16-19 July 2012). Abstracts may be submitted through http://www.scar.org/abstracts/ until February 15. For more information, please contact Peder Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1. Voicing Silences in Antarctic History
This session provides a forum for new perspectives on the history of the Antarctic. Contributions that address historical ‘silences’ as opportunities to ask new questions, in addition to simply adding new facts, are especially encouraged as the session aims to showcase the increasingly diverse – and sophisticated – nature of historical scholarship on the Antarctic region. These include new methodological approaches like material culture, labor history, and environmental history in addition to new contributions in fields such as the history of science, Cold War geopolitics, and the history of European imperialism. Papers addressing all time periods and all national contexts are welcomed, as are papers that employ perspectives from cognate disciplines such as archaeology or science studies.
2. Historical Views on Gateways to Antarctica
The session focuses on the significance of port cities in the history of Antarctica. It examines the important role these "gateway" cities have played as connection points between the history of the Antarctic continent and that of the rest of the world. The session will explore Antarctic logistics, science, and rescue expeditions, and ask questions about the role of "gatekeepers" in these histories. It will also pay particular attention to the history of exchanges between Antarctic expeditions and local communities. The objective of the session is to highlight the great variety of historical experiences, including personal and institutional network relationships that have over time linked Antarctica to the rest of the world.
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