IAATO releases latest figures

IAATO reports a 15% increase on overall Antarctic tourist numbers since the previous season. See the press release here.

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 […]

SCAR Strategic Plan: Comments Sought

As SCAR’s current Strategic Plan expires at the end of 2016, efforts are underway for the development of a new plan to meet the future needs of SCAR in the period 2017-2022. As it was approved in the last SCAR Delegates Meeting, we have been working to develop a new strategic plan, under the guidance […]

Antarctic Gateway Cities Project

Congratulations to ‪#HASSEG‬ chairs Dr Daniela Liggett and Dr Elizabeth Leane, and former chair Dr Juan Francisco Salazar, who are part of an international team awarded a substantial grant from the Australian Research Council for a three year project around rebranding of ‪Antarctic‬ ‪Gateway‬ cities. The project will look at the Antarctic Gateway cities of […]

New book published by ALSA

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) project has published its first book, Brian Huntley’s Marion Island diary from 1965/66. More information about the book is available from the publication brochure. This book is available for purchase: cost (without courier costs) is R250, or EUR16, USD18, GBP12, AUD24, NZD25, CAD23. If you wish to purchase […]

EU-PolarNet invites public consultation on research priorities

The EU-PolarNet consortium has compiled a set of twelve overarching European research priorities for the Polar Regions, which have been identified based on national polar strategies, international consortia and major scientific clusters. Each topic includes several key-questions, which in turn are linked to the associated societal challenges. We would now like to invite you to […]

SCAR OSC Abstract Deadline Extended

The SCAR OSC will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 20-30 August 2016. We already have over 725 abstracts submitted, but because many of you are still returning from the field we have decided to allow a single extension of the abstract submission to the 29 February (all time zones). There are several sessions which […]

Antarctic Music Profiled

Dr Carolyn Philpott is a HASSEG member currently working on the ways composers have represented  the Antarctic landscape and environment in their music. Based at the University of Tasmania, she has also toured the USA giving lectures on the topics of Antarctic music. In 2015, Dr Philpott presented her work on Heroic Era sledging songs at […]

SCAR Conference 2016: Abstracts Open

Abstract submission is now open for the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (20-30 August 2016). The theme of the conference is “Tropics to the Poles”, and there are several sessions that may be of interest to those in the humanities, social sciences, media, and policy, including: S33. The role of humanities and […]