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Anthropocene Antarctica
Perspectives from the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences




ISBN 9781138367593
Published September 30, 2019 by Routledge
196 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.