Polar Geopolitics Podcast

Got a hankering for a polar podcast? Eric Paglia can help! Several SC-HASS members are featured on the latest edition of “Polar Geopolitics” Polar Geopolitics analyzes the local and global implications of rapid climate change and rising international interest in the Arctic and Antarctica. The podcast is centered around in-depth discussions with experts on a […]

SCAR Fellowships Launched 2019

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs(COMNAP), and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) have been working together for many years to support talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as science support […]

SCAR 2020 OSC Update

SCAR OSC 2020 Update Preparations are well underway for our 2020 SCAR meetings and Open Science Conference to be held in Hobart, Australia in July-August 2020. The COMNAP Annual General Meeting will run concurrently with SCAR and the organisers are working to schedule events to encourage participation across the two groups.  The OSC theme ‘Antarctic […]

Conference Report: Antarctic Connections at the End of the World

Antarctic Connections at the End of the World – SC-HASS 2019, Ushuaia 3-5th April 2019. Conference report by Iqra Choudhry The 2019 Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) Conference was held in Ushuaia in April 2019. It was attended by 125 participants and covered themes such as historical strategies of exploration, present […]

SC-HASS Video – POLAR2018

The SC-HASS team were busy throughout the 2018 POLAR2018 conference in Davos, Switzerland. This was an opportunity to share current research, create new connections, and provide an update to SCAR delegates on group activities. Videographer Stephen Curtain captured some of these moments in the clip below, where Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane narrates the story of […]

Mystic Seaport Museum “Discovering Antarctica” Guest Curator

Mystic Seaport Museum, the preeminent American maritime museum, is currently organizing a major temporary exhibition with the working title of Discovering Antarctica: 1820-2020, to commemorate the bicentennial of the continent’s discovery, in 2020. The museum is located in Mystic, CT, just a few miles from the historic home of sealing captain Nathaniel Palmer, who sailed […]

Oran Young Awarded IASC Medal

IASC Medal 2018: Dr. Oran Young The IASC Medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. This year, IASC recognizes Dr. Oran Young’s Outstanding Achievement to Understand Arctic Institutional Dynamics, International Regimes, and Environmental Policy. Dr. Young is professor emeritus and co-director of the Program on Governance for […]

Polar Governance Workshop: Polar Governance in Action

The British Antarctic Survey, along with the University of Leeds and Royal Holloway, University of London, invites you for its second Polar Governance Workshop: Polar Governance in Action: balancing multiple interests and values in the management of Arctic and Antarctic tourism. The workshop will take place on the 24th April 2018 – from 10:00 to […]

Video from 2017 HASSEG Meeting (Hobart)

HASSEG Conference 2017: Understanding the Antarctic region through the Humanities and Social Sciences (short version) from Stephen Curtain on Vimeo. Videographer Stephen Curtain has created this short film with highlights from the 2017 “Depths and Surfaces” conference, which was held in Hobart from 5-7 July 2017. What do humanities and social science researchers do with […]

APECS Workshop: Communicating Across Borders

Communicating Across Borders 3-5pm, Tuesday 4 July 2017 IMAS, Hobart Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Workshop In today’s research climate, communication is an important skill. Researchers need to be able to not only communicate with colleagues in the same area, but with those from very different backgrounds, and the wider public. This session addresses the […]

The End of the Heroic Era Conference

The End of the Heroic Era – Conference 24 – 26 March 2017 Auckland, New Zealand Organisers: New Zealand Antarctic Society and Royal New Zealand Navy Venue: National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Devonport, Auckland St Christopher’s Chapel, HMNZS PHILOMEL, Devonport, Auckland Seminar Centre, HMNZS PHILOMEL, Devonport, Auckland The end of the Heroic […]

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

The Centre for Humanities Research at the University of Western Cape, South Africa, offers a unique opportunity for humanities researchers: Several fellowships will be made available to to support the residency of leading scholars in the humanities in 2017. The Centre for Humanities Research writes, “we invite established scholars in the humanities and interpretive social […]

Another great PhD opportunity: Antarctic Cities

ICS: Antarctic Cities ARC Linkage Research Scholarship The Institute for Culture and Society is the largest dedicated research concentration of its kind in Australia. The Institute researches transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. It champions collaborative engaged research in the humanities and social sciences for a globalizing digital age. […]

Great opportunity for PhD scholarship on the history of SCAR – now with extended deadline

PhD Opportunity: Unlocking the SCAR archive: the sixty-year long consolidation of Antarctic governance through polar research A Great PhD Opportunity! The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is the international organization tasked with coordinating research in Antarctica and as part of its 60yr Anniversary celebration, has decided to open its archives for a comprehensive study. […]

Climate Fiction: Lamentations of Zeno

Ilija Trojanow’s new novel “The Lamentations of Zeno” is a prime example of literary fiction engaging with climate change. The book deals with a retired glaciologist who works as a tour guide in the Antarctic, and explores his conflicted feelings about this role, before developing to a dramatic climax. “The Lamentations of Zeno” was published […]

CFP: Antarctica and Outer Space: Transversal Perspectives

CALL FOR PAPERS THE POLAR JOURNAL Issue 7 – Number 2 – December 2017 *** SPECIAL ISSUE *** ANTARCTICA AND OUTER SPACE: TRANSVERSAL PERSPECTIVES Guest Editor: Juan Francisco Salazar – Western Sydney University The space age arguably began sixty years ago with the launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957. This significant event took […]

Book on Antarctica and the Humanities

Peder Roberts, Adrian Howkins, and Lize-Marié Van der Watt’s new book Antarctica and the Humanities presents the convincing argument that the continent for peace and science is also a continent for the humanities. The book is published by Palgrave MacMillan, and includes chapters from a range of HASSEG members. The publisher describes Antarctica and the […]

Juan Francisco Salazar on Antarctica and Mars

In this podcast from The Conversation, Dallas Rogers speaks with HASSEG member and Western Sydney University Associate Professor Juan Francisco Salazar about his use of documentary film to study the way humans interact with each other and their environment in Antarctica, and what it might mean for colonising new planets. Listen here.


The Humanities and Social Sciences Expert 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. The poster below details HASSEG membership, focus and objective, and events (both past and […]

APECS Webinar for #PolarWeek

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists will be celebrating #PolarWeek from 19-25 September 2016. A full list of planned activities can be viewed here, but this webinar about “Eco-Cultural Communication” may be of interest to HASSEG members: APECS Webinar: Understanding the ecological power of communication: Culture & nature tourism contexts Presented by A/Prof Tema […]

HASSEG/History Biennial Conference 2017: Depths and Surfaces

Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences A conference to be held at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, 5-7 July 2017 Deadline for Abstracts: 3 March 2017 (see details below) Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University), Prof. Anne Noble (Massey University) and Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney) […]

Interview with Antarctic Anthropologist

‪‎HASSEG‬ members Jessica O’Reilly recently had her project profiled on the Glacier Hub website. Jessica’s paper “Sensing the ice: field science, models, and expert intimacy with knowledge,” was published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute in April 2016, In the associated interview, she discusses her findings about the deep connection field scientists and […]

Humanities at APECS Online Conference

Humanities‬ research was represented at the 2016 Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Online Conference, with HASSEG members Miranda Nieboer presenting on “Antarctic Interiors through architectural eyes” and Hanne Nielsen presenting on “Antarctic Cows: Sponsorship, Celebrity, and Colonisation” (Session 1). Their presentations can be viewed here, starting at 1:27:00: APECS Online Conference 2016 – Session […]

Antarctica in/and the Anthropocene

International Symposium Cristián Simonetti (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University, Australia) Saturday May 28, 2016 Venue: Sala Matte – Centro de Extension UC Address: Avenida Alameda Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 390 Santiago – Chile Final Program Antarctica Anthropocene Symposium This one day international symposium brings together a range of perspectives from […]

Polar Museums Conference: Final Call

Polar Museums Network Inaugural Conference 21–23 October 2016, The Fram Museum, Oslo Polar Partnerships:Working together to spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration Call for Papers: FINAL CALL   The Polar Museums Network (PMN) is a new international initiative to strengthen and spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration. The PMN is […]