Inspirations and imaginaries

Edited by Ilan Kelman

ISBN: 9781800081444

Publication: February 08, 2022

What is this?
Antarcticness joins disciplines, communication approaches and ideas to explore meanings and depictions of Antarctica. Personal and professional words in poetry and prose, plus images, present and represent Antarctica, as presumed and as imagined, alongside what is experienced around the continent and by those watching from afar. These understandings explain how the Antarctic is viewed and managed while identifying aspects which should be more prominent in policy and practice.

The authors and artists place Antarctica, and the perceptions and knowledge through Antarcticness, within inspirations and imaginations, without losing sight of the multiple interests pushing the continent’s governance as it goes through rapid political and environmental changes. Given the diversity and disparity of the influences and changes, the book’s contributions connect to provide a more coherent and encompassing perspective of how society views Antarctica, scientifically and artistically, and what the continent provides and could provide politically, culturally and environmentally.

Offering original research, art and interpretations of different experiences and explorations of Antarctica, explanations meld with narratives while academic analyses overlap with first-hand experiences of what Antarctica does and does not – could and could not – bring to the world.

Ilan Kelman is Professor of Disasters and Health at UCL, England, and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.

List of figures
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List of contributors

Antarcticness beginnings
Christiana Figueres and Musimbi Kanyoro
1. Proffering Antarcticness
Ilan Kelman

Part 1: Antarcticness living and partnership
2. Voyage into Antarcticness: A Photo Essay
James A. Bradley with Thomas C. Boothby, Marc Neveu, and Virginie Galindo
3. Antarcticness at the Ends of the World
Gabriela Roldan and Hanne Nielsen
4. Dealing with Antarcticness: The ABC of Effective Antarctica Teams
Jan B. Schmutz, Pedro Marques-Quinteiro, Walter J. Eppich, and Mirko Antino
5. Island of Confusion, Frontier of Madness: The Agony and Ecstasy of Antarctic Base Life, 1942–82
Andrew J. Avery
6. The Land of Letting Go
Jean McNeil
7. A decolonial perspective of Antarcticness
Rosa Jijón
8. The Ant-Architecture of Religion and Spirituality in Antarctica
Ellen C. Frye
9. The Southernmost Wilderness: Rhythms of the interior Antarctic expedition experience
Wilson (Wai-Yin) Cheung
10. Togetherness for Antarcticness
Madeleine G. Hann, Kristina Baltutis, Natalie Barefoot, Anne Charmantier, Anna Colucci, Carole Durussel, Amie Figueiredo, Stephanie Gardner, Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, Stephanie Langerock, Anna Madlener, Cindy Shellito, Karen Spenley, Betty Trummel, and Priscilla Wehi

Haiku Interlude
Ilan Kelman

Part 2: Antarcticness knowledge and wisdom
11. The Antarctic Flags Project: A Flagship Outreach Campaign for International Cooperation
Sammie Buzzard and Tun Jan Young
12. The Art of Interconnection: Meaning, symbolism, and Antarcticness in Antarctic solargraphy
Adele Jackson
13. Discover, Arrive, Explore, Return
Elizabeth Bradfield
14. Experiencing Antarcticness: Slow Tourists, Fast Penguins, and Timeless Landscapes
Daniela Cajiao and Yu-Fai Leung
15. The World’s Greatest Laboratory? Antarcticness as the Relationship Between Antarctica and Science
Iqra Choudhry
16. On The Edge of Antarcticness
Emma J. Liu
17. Haunted By Antarcticness
David Rosenthal

Antarcticness continuing
18. Not Concluding Antarcticness
Ilan Kelman
Dwayne Ryan Menezes


'This book will be extremely useful. ... Given its accessibility and its multiple perspectives on Antarctica, I recommend exploring it to find the chapters that work for you – I already plan to use some of them as a teaching resource in an interdisciplinary undergraduate course about
The Polar Journal

‘Orientated around the construct of Antarcticness, Ilan Kelman brings together a range of exciting scholars and artists to consider the contemporary Antarctic. In its diversity, originality and beauty it is a triumph. If you want to know why to care about the future of Antarctica, read it.’ – Alan D. Hemmings, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Format: Open Access PDF

100 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2022

ISBN: 9781800081444

Publication: February 08, 2022

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