Combining critical reflections from scholars around the globe as well as experiential records from some of the world’s most tenacious explorers, this book interrogates the concept of the ‘frontier’ as a realm of transformation, exploration and adventure.
We discover the affective power of social, physical, spiritual and political frontiers in shaping humanity’s abilities to change and become. We collectively unpack the enduring conceptualization of the frontier as a site of nation-state identity formation, violent colonization, masculine prowess and the triumph of progress. In its place, this book charts a more complex and subtle emotional geography amidst an array of frontiers: the expanding human psyche that is induced under free-diving narcosis and tales of survival on one of the most technically difficult mountains in the world, ‘The Ogre’. Chapters consider solitude in the Sahara, near-death experiences in Tibetan Buddhism, the aftermath of a volcanic eruption in Bali, the Spanish Imaginary, snatched moments of sexual curiosity, and many more.
This book will be of upmost importance to researchers working on theories of affect, the Anthropocene, frontier theory and human geography. It will be vital supplementary reading for undergraduates and postgraduates on courses such as Heritage Studies, Human and Cultural Geography, Anthropology, Tourism Studies and History.
Introduction: Rethinking frontiers: transformation, exploration and adventure HAYLEY SAUL AND EMMAWATERTON PART I Transformation 1 Taboo desires?: James Baldwin, African Americans, homoeroticism and the frontiers of mind/place/race and sex RUSSELL STAIFF 2 The Spanish Imaginary: A trilogy of frontiers STEVE WATSON AND EMMAWATERTON 3 Under a volcano: A journey through ruin and regeneration in Bali DENIS BYRNE 4 Facing a new frontier: Defining nature and culture within dinosaur parks in Europe ROSS J. WILSON PART II Exploration 5 The Ogre DOUG SCOTT 6 Kelakua ROBIN HANBURY-TENISON 7 ‘Challenging demoniacal beings’: Extinction, materialities and the mortal frontiers in Alexandra David-Neel’s journeys in the Himalayan highlands HAYLEY SAUL 8 Everest and the Himalaya: The evolution of mountain travel and exploration TIM MACARTNEY-SNAPE PART III Adventure 9 Free-falling the water column: Raptures and ruptures of the deep FELICITY PICKEN 10 Women mountaineers and affect: Fear, play and the unknown JENNY HALL 11 ‘Frontier climbing’ in the wild, wild East ESTHER BOTT 12 On the trail of the new frontier: Doing things the hard way in Australian overland travel ROSEMARY KERR Index
In Memory of Professor Steve Watson (1958-2016)
This book series, edited by Divya P. Tolia-Kelly and Emma Waterton, is dedicated to Professor Steve Watson. Steve was a pioneer in heritage studies and was inspirational in both our personal academic trajectories. We, as three editors of the series, started this journey together, but alas we lost his magnificent scholarship and valued counsel too soon.
The series brings together a variety of new approaches to heritage as a significant affective cultural experience. Collectively, the volumes in the series provide orientation and a voice for scholars who are making distinctive progress in a field that draws from a range of disciplines, including geography, history, cultural studies, archaeology, heritage studies, public history, tourism studies, sociology and anthropology – as evidenced in the disciplinary origins of contributors to current heritage debates. The series publishes a mix of speculative and research-informed monographs and edited collections that will shape the agenda for heritage research and debate. The series engages with the concept and practice of Heritage as co-constituted through emotion and affect. The series privileges the cultural politics of emotion and affect as key categories of heritage experience. These are the registers through which the authors in the series engage with theory, methods and innovations in scholarship in the sphere of heritage studies.