1st Edition

Anthropocene Antarctica
Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences





ISBN 9781138367593
Published October 3, 2019 by Routledge
210 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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    Anthropocene Antarctica offers new ways of thinking about the ‘Continent for Science and Peace’ in a time of planetary environmental change. In the Anthropocene, Antarctica has become central to the Earth’s future. Ice cores taken from its interior reveal the deep environmental history of the planet and warming ocean currents are ominously destabilising the glaciers around its edges, presaging sea-level rise in decades and centuries to come. At the same time, proliferating research stations and tourist numbers challenge stereotypes of the continent as the ‘last wilderness.’ The Anthropocene brings Antarctica nearer in thought, entangled with our everyday actions. If the Anthropocene signals the end of the idea of Nature as separate from humans, then the Antarctic, long considered the material embodiment of this idea, faces a radical reframing.



    Understanding the southern polar region in the twenty-first century requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This collection paves the way for researchers in the Environmental Humanities, Law and Social Sciences to engage critically with the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act with natural scientists to address the globally significant environmental issues that face this vitally important part of the planet.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements





    List of Contributors





    Foreword



    Sanjay Chaturvedi





     



    1 Anthropocene Antarctica: Approaches, issues and debates



    ELIZABETH LEANE AND JEFFREY MCGEE



     



    PART 1: Governance and geopolitics



     



    2 Governing Antarctica in the Anthropocene



    TIM STEPHENS



     



    3 Subglacial nationalisms



    ALAN D. HEMMINGS



     



    4 Frozen Eden lost? Exploring discourses of geoengineering Antarctica



    JEFFREY MCGEE



     



    5 The Anthropocene melt: Antarctica’s geologic politics



    JUAN FRANCISCO SALAZAR



     



    PART 2: Cultural texts and representations



     



    6 Ice and the ecothriller: Popular representations of Antarctica in the Anthropocene



    ELIZABETH LEANE



     



    7 Listening ‘at the sea ice edge’: Compositions based on soundscape recordings made in Antarctica



    CAROLYN PHILPOTT



     



    8 Save the penguins: Antarctic advertising and the PR of protection



    HANNE NIELSEN



     



    PART 3: Inhabitations and place



     



    9 Indigenising the heroic era of Antarctic exploration



    BEN MADDISON



     



    10 Populating Antarctica: Chilean families in the frozen continent



    NELSON LLANOS



     



    11 Placing the past: The McMurdo Dry Valleys and the problem of geographical specificity in Antarctic history



    ADRIAN HOWKINS



     



    PART 4: Conclusion



    12 Antarctica looking forward: Four themes



    JEFFREY MCGEE AND ELIZABETH LEANE



    Index



     

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    Editor(s)

    Biography





      Elizabeth Leane is Professor of English at the School of Humanities/Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.



      Jeffrey McGee is Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine and Antarctic Law at the Faculty of Law/Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania.