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HASSEG Project button What was HASSEG?

The SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) aimed to bring together researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the Antarctic region. The group facilitated the exchange of news, publications and research ideas, held regular conferences and workshops, and organized research projects around different topics - the first was “Exploring Antarctic Values”.


Institutional History and Structure

HASSEG was formed as an Action Group under the umbrella of SCAR in 2010 by a group of international scholars, with the aim of fostering new approaches to Antarctic research grounded in the humanities and social sciences. In 2014, it became a SCAR Expert Group.

The core group of experts that formed the group in 2010 was expanded over time to ensure a wide geographical and disciplinary representation. This core group assumed the role of a steering group, providing the leadership and strategic direction for HASSEG and responsibility for reporting to SCAR.  Leadership of the group was kept dynamic - Dr Daniela Liggett was co-chair from the group's inception and was joined as co-chair by Dr Gary Steel (2010-12), Dr Juan Francisco Salazar, (2012-14) and finally by Prof Elizabeth Leane (from early 2015).

In 2018, HASSEG joined with the History Expert Group to become the Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS).


Terms of Reference for HASSEG were:

  • To facilitate exchange between researchers in the humanities and social sciences interested in the Antarctic region and build a community of Antarctic humanities scholars and social scientists;

  • To increase the transparency around Antarctic-related humanities and social sciences research;

  • To identify and progress group research projects (such as the “Exploring Antarctic Values” project); and

  • To liaise with the SCAR Secretariat, Executive Committee and Delegates as well as other SCAR committees and research groups and provide advice and input where relevant and as requested.