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SCAR visitor at the Division

Hanne Nielsen, from the University of Tasmania (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), is currently visiting our Division on a four-month Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) fellowship.

Whilst in Sweden, Hanne is working on a project entitled “Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015).” This project complements her recent PhD work at the University of Tasmania (between English and IMAS), where Hanne examined representations of Antarctica in advertising media (“Selling the land of extremes“).

The aim of the SCAR Fellowship programme is to encourage the active involvement of early career researchers in Antarctic projects, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research. 56 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded since the programme’s inception, but this is the first time a SCAR Fellowship has been awarded to a researcher from the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). Hanne notes that KTH is an internationally renowned hub for Antarctic humanities and social sciences work, making it the ideal location to undertake such a project. She is looking forward to forging closer connections between researchers in Scandinavia and in Australia/New Zealand.

Hanne is the current President of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and the early career representative on the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) Executive Committee. She will be visiting KTH until mid July 2018.