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Humanities and Social Sciences (HASSEG)

What is HASSEG?

The Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group SCAR (HASSEG) brings together researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the Antarctic region. The group facilitates the exchange of news, publications and research ideas, and organizes regular conferences and workshops. We also organize 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 the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (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 Expert Group has an international executive committee that provides leadership to the group and reports to SCAR. The Expert Group is currently co-chaired by Daniela Liggett and Elizabeth Leane.

HASSEG organizes sessions, panels and other events at the biennial SCAR Open Science conferences.


Joining HASSEG

Researchers with an interest in the Antarctic humanities and social sciences topics are welcome to become members of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) and are invited to share their ideas of suitable research projects.  A website for interested researchers, which includes a membership directory, can be accessed at:


Terms of Reference

 The overall aims of the HASSEG Executive Committee include:

  • 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.