SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group

The Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group SCAR Social Sciences Action Group[HASSEG] brings together researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the Antarctic region. The group facilitates the exchange of news, publications and research ideas, and organizes regular conferences and workshops. We also organize research projects around different topics; the first was “Exploring Antarctic Values.”

Institutional History and Structure

HASSEG was formed as an Action Group under the umbrella of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) in 2010 by a group of international scholars with the aim of fostering new approaches to Antarctic research grounded in the humanities and social sciences. In 2014, it became an SCAR Expert Group.

The Expert Group has an international executive committee that provides leadership to the group and reports to SCAR. The Expert Group is currently co-chaired by Daniela Liggett and Elizabeth Leane.

HASSEG organizes sessions, panels and other events at the biennial SCAR Open Science conferences.


HASSEG welcomes new members. Any one with a research interest in the Antarctic from a humanities or social science perspective is welcome to join. If you would like to get involved in the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group, please visit our membership page or get in touch.