sunset banner3

Science Menu

Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS)

Research by the humanities and social sciences community is becoming increasingly important within Antarctic research. In 2005, a group looking at the history of the institutionalisation of Antarctic research held the first of its annual meetings.  But it wasn't until the International Polar Year 2007-2008, which included “human dimensions” as a major theme, that social sciences began to emerge within the Antarctic community.  A social sciences group was established in 2010 and became the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) in 2014.  The History Group was granted expert group status in 2011. From 2013, the two groups held joint meetings and conferences. In 2018, the two groups were merged to form the Standing Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS).

SC-HASS meets annually, organising workshops and conference sessions at SCAR's biennial Open Science Conferences (OSCs), and holding independent conferences in the intervening years.

 SCHASS 2023 image2023 SC-HASS Conference

“The Antarctic for a Better World”

22–24 June 2023, Lisbon, Portugal


sc hassconference2021 SC-HASS Conference

“The Global Antarctic”

18-19 November 2021, Kobe University, Japan

Session on The ATS in Theory and Practice:

Japan Session: How can Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition contribute to Humanities and Social Science Studies?


2019 SC HASS Conference Ushuaia web

2019 SC-HASS Conference

"Antarctic Connections at the End of the World: Understanding the Past and Shaping the Future"

3-5 April 2019, Ushuaia, Argentina


2017 SC HASS Conference Hobart web

2017 HASSEG Conference

"Depths and Surfaces: understanding the Antarctic region through the Humanities and Social Sciences"

5-7 July 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

A joint SCAR History, Humanities and Social Sciences conference was held at the University of Tasmania (Hobart) in July 2017, attracting over 100 delegates from all over the world. A short video created during the event is available below:

Humanities 2015 Conference Boulder web

2015 Joint SCAR History, Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

"Antarctic Wilderness: Perspectives from History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences"

20-23 May 2015, Colorado State University, USA


Humanities 2013 Workshop Cambridge web

2013 Joint SCAR History EG and SCAR Social Sciences AG Workshop

A joint workshop was held by the History EG and Social Sciences AG at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK from 1-5 July 2013. The workshop was co-sponsored by SCAR and BAS.