By Roberts Peder, Lize-Marié van der Watt, Adrian Howkins

The continent for technological know-how can be a continent for the arts. regardless of having no indigenous human inhabitants, Antarctica has been imagined in robust, leading edge, and occasionally worrying ways in which replicate politics and tradition a lot extra north. Antarctica has turn into an enormous resource of knowledge for traditional scientists operating to appreciate international weather switch. As this ebook exhibits, the instruments of literary reports, background, archaeology, and extra, can likewise produce vital insights into the character of the fashionable global and humanity extra extensively.

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The fact that almost all other stations are run on the presumption of transience—people come and go as needed, rather than because they belong—reflects more closely the prevailing conception that Antarctica is fundamentally not a place to settle. What matters in this discussion is that deciding who (or what) belongs in Antarctica is a matter of politics and philosophy as much as science. Imagining an ideal Antarctica is an essential prerequisite to establishing it. ”57 While the projects supported by these grants have often problematized the Antarctic status quo—Glasberg’s monograph is a fine example (Kim Stanley Robinson was another recipient)—is “understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities” a formulation that privileges explication over examination?

The question of which state had the right to control Antarctica and its surrounding waters attained a moral dimension when linked to the concept of responsible stewardship. 46 The idea of Antarctica as a continent for science became hegemonic in the 1950s. States with existing territorial claims in Antarctica invested heavily in various forms of research, while the USA and the USSR—which altogether rejected the existing division of sovereignty—saw Antarctica as a new front in the global contest for ideological supremacy.

There is Antarctic literature and creative 8 P. ROBERTS ET AL. arts, resulting from the encounter of the artist with the continent and its environs, but also from the encounter between descriptions of the Antarctic and the imaginations of individuals who may never have been anywhere near the continent. 33 For many of these individuals, Antarctica was simply an unusually difficult place in which to work, with their lack of cultural production a consequence of having less to say in addition to having less of a voice to say it with.

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