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From 2013 onwards, workshops were organised jointly with the Social Sciences group.  Reports from these joint workshops are posted on the Humanities Publications page.


News: Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) launches website on Antarctic Day 2015!  Read more . . . .


2012

8th Meeting of SCAR History Expert Group, Portland (USA), 2012

The History EG organised two sessions at the XXXII SCAR Open Science Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, USA in July 2012 - 'Historical views on Gateways to Antarctica', focusing on the significance of port cities, and 'Voicing Silences in Antarctic History', showcasing the nature of historical scholarship on the Antarctic region. The report of the session is on the History Group Publication page.

Participants at the XXXII SCAR Open Science Conference sessions organised by the History EG:

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2011

7th Meeting of SCAR History Expert Group, Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2011

The History Action Group organised a workshop on 'Antarctic History: probing the unknown' at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch (South Africa) for 26-27 July 2011. The conference was co-sponsored by the Department Science and Technology, Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. The report of the workshop is on the History Group Publication page.

The considerable role South African researchers have played in scientific, biological and meteorological discoveries in the sub-Antarctic Ocean lacks full recognition. But memories that lay scattered in national archives, personal diaries and mementos will now be accessible through a project to identify, digitise and archive this historical heritage online. For more information on the South African Antarctic Legacy Project, please read the article on the University World News website.

For more information on the workshop, please see the Call for Papers, the Workshop Programme and the Workshop Report. See also the press release referring to the launch of the database of South African Antarctic research.

2011 SCAR History Stellenbosh

History Workshop: 'Exploring Ice and Snow in the Cold War', Munich (Germany), 2011

A history workshop of the Rachel Carson Center on “Exploring Ice and Snow in the Cold War” took place at the Deutsches Museum in Munich (Germany) from 27-29 January 2011 with a great participation of members of the SCAR History Expert Group. The report of the workshop is on the History Group Publication page.

2011 SCAR Humanities Icebreaker Munich


2010

6th Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2010

The History Action Group organised a session on "History of Antarctica and scientific research" at the XXXI SCAR Open Science Conference, held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 5 August 2010. The report and abstracts are on the History Group Publication page.

2010 SCAR HistoryEG business meeting BuenosAires

International Polar Year Science Conference, Oslo (Norway), 2010

During the International Polar Year Science Conference in Oslo (Norway) 10-11 June 2010 Cornelia Lüdecke (Munich, Germany, Ursula Rack (Bremerhaven, Germany), and Michael Bravo (Cambridge, United Kingdom) convened a bipolar session on “History of Polar Exploration, Cooperation, Research and Logistics“. The report is on the History Group Publication page.


2009

5th Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Washington D.C. (USA), 2009

At the end of the Antarctic Treaty Summit (ATS50) a history workshop on the “History of International Spaces” took place in Washington DC (USA) on 3 December 2009. The report and abstracts are on the History Group Publication page.

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2008

4th Meeting of the SCAR History Action Group, St. Petersburg (Russia), 2008

The History Action Group organised a session on „Polar History and Institutionalization of Polar Research : The International Polar Years“ at the SCAR/IASC 2008 Open Science Conference, held in St Petersburg (Russia) on 9 July 2008. The report and abstracts are on the History Group Publication page.

2008 SCAR Humanities StPetersburg


2007

3rd Meeting of the SCAR History Action Group, Columbus (Ohio, USA), 2007

The History Expert Group organised a workshop on “"National and Transnational Agendas in Antarctic Research from the 1950s and beyond" at the Byrd Polar Research Center; Columbus (Ohio, USA) from 25 – 26 October 2007. The report and abstracts are on the History Group Publication page.

2007 SCAR Humanities ColumbusOhio


2006

2nd Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Santiago (Chile), 2006

The History Expert Group organised the 2nd workshop on “Multidimensional Exploration of Antarctica around the 1950s" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile in Santiago (Chile) from 21 - 22 September 2006. The report and abstracts are on the History Group Publication page.

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2005

1st Meeting of the History Action Group, Munich (Germany), 2005

The 1st SCAR Workshop History Expert Group on “The first workshop of the “Steps of Foundation of Institutionalized Antarctic Research” was organized at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich (Germany) from 2 – 3 June 2005. Report, abstracts and proceedings are on the History Group Publication page.

2005 SCAR Humanities Munich