PCAS and ANTA 101

Summer-school time : PCAS is running for the 19th time this year. I will not go down with this course because all tutors are willing to go – so there is no professional historian this time with the students. I gave my lectures last Monday in the Canterbury Museum and the content of my presentation was carried in the tour through the  Antarctic gallery by the curators Sarah Murray and Joanna Szczepanski. Next Friday 16 students and four tutors make their trip to Scott Base and then into the field.

Another course I am involved: ANTA 101. Their exam starts on 16th December and has to be finished at 18th December.

Another year has passed with lots of excitement of all sorts.

Christmas is almost here and I want to wish all a Merry Christmas.


Christmas in the Antarctic 2015 (Windless Bight) with PCAS (Postgraduate Certificate for Antarctic Studies) picture taken on Christmas Eve at 11pm


Response to a request

In November 2014 I was able to help an author to find a reference number he needed for his publication. Now the book is out and I got a nice response from him. It is always nice to help someone and it is also nice to get help when needed.

This is his book


Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon By MICHAEL ENGELHARD  


288 pp., 170 illus., 145 in color, 8 x 10 in. $29.95 paperback, November 2016

Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it
as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the magic of wildness: it is both genuinely itself and a screen for our imagination.

Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature—and about ourselves—hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.

MICHAEL ENGELHARD works as a wilderness guide in Arctic Alaska and holds an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His books include a recent essay collection, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean. His writing has also appeared in Sierra, Outside, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Parks, High Country News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

some review notes:

“Engelhard’s thought-provoking iconography explores in depth the multitude of cultural roles played by the polar bear.”—David FoxAnchorage Press

“Engelhard weaves together the disparate pieces of our eclectic social and cultural fascination with polar bears. A tapestry of images reveals our complex attachment to this Arctic icon.”—Andrew Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior