Higher seminar: Framing Antarctica as Fragile
Time: Mon 2018-06-11 13.15 - 14.45
Lecturer: Hanne Nielsen, University of Tasmania
Location: Seminar room, Teknikringen 74D, 5th floor
Where once Antarctica was seen as a hostile and dangerous environment to be conquered by humans, the dominant paradigm now casts the continent as needing protection. This presentation examines how the idea of “fragility” manifests not only in a policy setting, but also the realm of cultural production; the fragility frame is contextualised within other ways of seeing the far south. The example of the Antarctic nuclear reactor “Nukey Poo” is also used to demonstrate how attitudes towards the far south have shifted over time.