Colonialism and Antarctica

Attitudes, logics, and practices

Edited by Peder Roberts and Alejandra Mancilla

Colonialism and Antarctica
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  • ISBN: 9781526170637
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7063-7
    • Pages: 312
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: July 2024


    This book explores how the concept of colonialism can help to understand the past and present of Antarctica, and how Antarctica may illuminate the limits of colonialism as an analytic concept. Despite lacking an indigenous population, the continent has been shaped by many of the same political and economic forces that have defined the rest of the world - notwithstanding its unique governance arrangement, the Antarctic Treaty System. The book provides a fresh and timely set of contributions that critically explore different practices, attitudes and logics that suggest that colonialism may have been and may still be present in Antarctica, ranging from religion to material culture to the treatment of animals. The chapters also explore the connection between colonialism and cognate terms like capitalism, socialism, nationalism, and environmentalism.


    Introduction: What colonialism tells us about Antarctica, and what Antarctica tells us about colonialism - Alejandra Mancilla and Peder Roberts

    1 Antarctic minerals for the Soviet Bloc? Imagining the South Pole frontier of extractive socialism - Roman Khandozhko

    2 Imperial rockets, colonial geographies: Algeria, Antarctica, Guiana, and the French Space Program, 1959-74 - Katherine Mariko Sinclair

    3 Narratives of colonialism in Antarctica through the lens of HSMs - Katarzyna Jarosz
    4 Argentina and Chile's Antarctic colonialism? A postcolonial critique to Eurocentric analysis - Cardone, Ignacio Javier

    5 South American claims in Antarctica: colonial, malgré tout - Alejandra Mancilla

    6 Colonialism without religion? Faith and politics in the history of Antarctica - Adrian Howkins

    7 The colonial and extracolonial bordering of Antarctica - Germana Nicklin

    8 Nineteenth century connections between capitalism and colonialism in Antarctica: the case of sealing in the South Shetlands - María Jimena Cruz, Melisa A. Salerno and Andrés Zarankin

    9 Animals, colonialism, and Antarctica - Peder Roberts and Kati Lindström

    10 Settler colonial mind-sets at Halley research station, 1955 - present - Alice Oates

    11 Domination as a legacy of the colonial origins and structure of the Antarctic Treaty System - Yelena Yermakova

    12 Techno-autochthony: for an ethnography of scientific colonisation in Antarctica - Luís Guilherme Resende de Assis

    Postscript - Antarctica & Colonialism: A Historian's Reflections - Rebecca Herman


    Alejandra Mancilla is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo.

    Peder Roberts is Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Stavanger and a researcher in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

    Colonialism and Antarctica

    Edited by Peder Roberts, Alejandra Mancilla

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