SCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences

The SCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences SCAR Social Sciences Action Group[SC-HASS] 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

The SC-HASS grew out of the SCAR History Expert Group and the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group [HASSEG] and sits under the umbrella of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). The History Expert Group was formed as a SCAR Action Group in 2004, and HASSEG commenced its activities also as an Action Group 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, HASSEG became a SCAR Expert Group, and at the 2018 SCAR Executive Committee in Davos, Switzerland, HASSEG and the SCAR History Expert Group were given permanent standing within SCAR under the umbrella of a Standing Committee. The SCAR Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) welcomes new members with an interest in researching Antarctic humanities and social sciences topics. Researchers and practitioners alike are invited to share their ideas of suitable research projects.

SC-HASS has three chief officers (Elizabeth Leane, Daniela Liggett and Cornelia Lüdecke) and an international Steering Committee that provides leadership to the group and reports to SCAR. Elections for the positions of Chief Officers and Steering Committee members will next be held at the SCAR Open Science Conference in 2020.

SC-HASS organizes sessions, panels and other events at the biennial SCAR Open Science conferences.


SC-HASS 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 SC-HASS, please visit our membership page or get in touch.