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Anthropocene Antarctica

Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, 1st Edition

Edited by Elizabeth Leane, Jeffrey McGee

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224 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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. Antarctica in the Anthropocene: Approaches, Issues and Debates
  2. Elizabeth Leane and Jeffrey McGee

    Governance and Geopolitics 

  3. Governing Antarctica in the Anthropocene
  4. Tim Stephens

     

  5. Subglacial Nationalisms
  6. Alan D. Hemmings

     

  7. Frozen Eden Lost? Exploring Discourses of Geoengineering Antarctica
  8. Jeffrey McGee

  9. The Anthropocene Melt: Antarctica’s Geologic Politics
  10. Juan Francisco Salazar

    Cultural Texts and Representations

  11. Ice and the Ecothriller: Popular Representations of the Antarctic in the Anthropocene
  12. Elizabeth Leane

     

  13. Listening ‘At the Sea Ice Edge’: Compositions Based on Soundscape Recordings made in Antarctica
  14. Carolyn Philpott

     

  15. Save the Penguins: Antarctica, Commerce and the PR of Protection
  16. Hanne Nielsen

    Inhabitations and Place

  17. Indigenising the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration
  18. Ben Maddison

     

  19. Populating Antarctica: Chilean Families in the Frozen Continent
  20. Nelson Llanos

     

  21. Placing the Past: the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Problem of Geographical Specificity in Antarctic History
  22. Adrian Howkins

    Conclusion

  23. Antarctica Looking Forward: Four Themes

Jeffrey McGee and Elizabeth Leane

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Humanities

From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk), to submit proposals.

Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):

A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.

Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters

Series Editors:

Professor Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA

Professor Joni Adamson, Arizona State University, USA

Professor YUKI Masami, Kanazawa University, Japan

Previous editors:

Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney Research Fellow in History; Director, Sydney University Environment Institute.

Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.

Dr Paul Warde, Reader in Environmental History, University of Cambridge, UK

Editorial Board

Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia , Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia

International Advisory Board

William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Paul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, Princeton University, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy