Busy times are ahead: I am not only a convenor for the SCAR session S 35 Data Access and Sharing for Cutting Edge Science, I will also present my research at two sessions:
- MSo5: SCAR and COMNAP fellowship symposium: One historian, one hundred logbooks and an historic weather data rescue: a new approach in cutting edge science
- S 34 Footprints in Antarctica, and Antarctic’s footprint: perspectives from history: Our conception of Antarctica today through the lives of early explorers.
I am very pleased that my abstracts have been accepted this time as orals and were not converted to posters as it was done in the years before.
The COMNAP presentation is a very important one to me because I was the first Humanities researcher who was awarded with the CONMAP research fellowship in 2012. This is now the opportunity to present what the outcome was and is of this research fellowship. It was the beginning of what I am still working on and what lead to my participation in the Deep South National Science Challenge where I work now with logbooks.
The Humanities session gives me the opportunity to present also German and Austro-Hungarian Antarctic explorers and how their lives were influenced after their first visit in this challenging environment. It also formed our perception of Antarctica today.
I am looking forward to the presentations. The conference is held in Kuala Lumpur in August 2016.
logbook, Dallmann, 1873
The editors of the Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions invited me to write a chapter for this publication. I submitted last month the chapter on Exploring and Mapping the Antarctic: Histories of Discovery and Knowledge. It was an interesting journey for me to work on that chapter. The book should be available in late 2017.
Maps are not only geographical orientation tools – it is also a sort of mindset. That was the interesting part to discover during my research for this chapter.
In the latest NZ Quilting Magazine is an article about the quilts I brought down to the Antarctic. It is really nice to see how many people are interested in the exhibition. The Editor of the magazine saw my little article in the newsletter of Christchurch Quilters and asked if she can make a story out of it…..
Last Thursday, 21st April 2016, I gave a presentation about the Antarctic and PCAS at the Presbyterian Church in Barrington, Christchurch. Jeanette Morris from Christchurch Quilters invited me to give this talk about the Antarctic and my experiences down there. The group was so lovely and we had great fun. Jeanette brought also some of the quilts with her which have been to the Antarctic and displayed them (as it is to see in the pictures below).
This is a new publication of mine. In the latest Polar Journal I reviewed the book “Passagiere des Eises” by Schimanski und Spring. These two authors have a different approach to the homecoming of the expedition members in 1874. Not only the officers – who were the scientists as well – were examined also the role of the crew was considered. The whole media hype was about the microcosm of this expedition as mirror to the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the crew (mainly from Dalmatia) pictured as the devoted subject to the officers (mainly from Bohemia, Hungary, Germany/Austria). The hierarchy on board the ship Tegetthoff as image of the Empire which was already crumbling under the national, economic and political circumstances.
The book is an interesting read and because this expedition is a part of my PhD, it was very inspiring to review it.
The picture is a great example to show the heroism even in its worst situation: the desperate men, the strong leader, the light effects. The original picture is in the Museum of Military History (Heersgeschichtliche Museum) in Vienna. Julius von Payer, one of the leaders (army officer, cartographer, and artist) of the expedition painted it in 1892.
Nie zurueck: never go back: to the ship – we have to move forward otherwise we will not survive.