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Charting courses through the Ice – Envisioning Antarctic Futures
11 June 2019
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Charting courses through the Ice – Envisioning Antarctic Futures

Presented by The UWA Institute of Advanced Studies

Charting courses through the Ice – Envisioning Antarctic Futures

A public lecture by Dr Daniela Liggett, Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research (Gateway Antarctica), University of Canterbury and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

A mere few centuries ago, the icy continent to our South was the subject of speculation and imagination. In many ways, Antarctica was beyond the grasp of human understanding – it was an unexplored, unknown land, a terra incognita. In the span of a few hundred years, the Antarctic was discovered, mapped and the surrounding ocean’s resources were exploited – what was terra incognita became terra nullius and later, in anthropologist Jessica O’Reilly’s words a terra clima, with Antarctica not only representing a bellwether for global environmental change but also a hotspot for climate science. The continent’s future is uncertain and once again subject to much speculation.

This presentation, which discusses the results of a collaborative research project, explores four “possibility spaces” within which Antarctic futures might unfold.

Tuesday 11 June 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Woolnough Lecture Theatre, The University of Western Australia


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