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Antarcticness: Inspirations and Imaginaries
edited by Ilan Kelman
University College London, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-80008-146-8 | Paper: 978-1-80008-145-1

Original research, art, and interpretations of different experiences and explorations of Antarctica.

Antarcticness brings together disciplines, communication approaches, and ideas to explore meanings and depictions of Antarctica. Personal and professional words in poetry and prose, plus images, present and represent Antarctica, as presumed and as imagined, alongside what is experienced around the continent and by those watching from afar. These understandings explain how the Antarctic is viewed and managed while identifying aspects that should be more prominent in policy and practice.
The authors and artists featured in the book place Antarctica, and the perceptions and knowledge through Antarcticness, within inspirations and imaginations, without losing sight of the multiple interests pushing the continent’s governance as it goes through rapid political and environmental changes. Because of the diversity and disparity of the influences and changes the continent faces, the book’s contributions are carefully connected to provide a more coherent and encompassing perspective of how society views Antarctica, scientifically and artistically, and what the continent provides and could provide politically, culturally, and environmentally.

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