Publications

The following publications list provides an idea about the range of journals and books in which  I have published my research. The list starts with oral and poster presentations and continues with printed work. Articles are in English or in German. If you would like to discuss any of the following topics further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


GA research meeting, 13 April 2017; Oral presentation: “An international perspective on the Heroic Era”

End of Heroic Era Conference, 24-26 March 2017; Oral presentation:Heroic Era and beyond – an international perspective“.

Historical Antarctic Sealing Industry Conference, Cambridge, September 2016: Oral presentation: Sealing for survival and more: Early Antarctic explorers and seal hunting

SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, August 2016 – Oral presentations:

  • MS05: SCAR and COMNAP fellow’s 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 Antarctica’s footprint: perspectives from history: “Our conception of Antarctica today through the lives of early explorers”;
  • S 35: convener and chairing: Data Access and sharing for cutting edge science

GA research meeting, 9.July 2015 Oral presentation: Easing the accessibility of historic material in Polar Research for better information exchange.

Annual Antarctic Conference, Christchurch, 29.6 – 3.7. 2015, Oral presentation, 1.July 2015 “A really lovely day, and a pleasure to live”: Personal accounts of weather as scientific data and the weather’s influence on Early Antarctic Explorer

SCAR Joined Workshop History and Social Science, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 19.-24.Mai 2015, Oral presentation, 21.5.2015; Easing the accessibility of historic material in Polar Research for better information exchange

SPRI, 30.April 2015, lunchtime talk, Oral presentation, „Blizzard blowing again and condiserable discomfort on board as usual“– Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on expedition members during the Heroic Age,

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Oral presentation, 16. April 2015, “Vollendetes Sauwetter”: Historische Wetterdaten udn “Wetterfühligkeit” in Tagebüchern von den Anfängen der Antarktisforschung (invited)

History Department, UC, lunchtime seminar, Oral presentation, 18. March 2015, „Blizzard blowing again and considerable discomfort on board as usual“– Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on expedition members during the Heroic Age,

GA-research meeting, UC, Oral presentation, 9.10.2014, Connecting the past-present-future: studies and methods in History for Antarctic research and science

SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, August 2014 – Poster presentation: „Blizzard blowing again and considerable discomfort on board as usual“– Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on expedition members during the Heroic Age

SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, August 2014 – Poster presentation: Cold comforts. Balancing the needs of Antarctic stations inhabitants

ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Conference, National Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2014 – Poster presentation : The value of Historic documents in the context of Polar Heritage

Gateway Antarctica Research Meeting, 2013, Oral presentation: ‘Weather still remains boisterous’. Historic weather data in diaries and logbooks 1901 – 1904

Oamaru – 100 year Scott event; 2013; Oral presentation: Living on the Ice hundred years ago (invited)

Annual Antarctic Conference, Looking to the future, Christchurch (ICEFEST) 2012, Poster presentation: A dense fog hung over the waters…” Historic documents as database for modern science.

History Department Seminars, Term one 2012, Christchurch; Oral presentation: Fritz Loewe – from Greenland to Melbourne

Gateway Antarctica Research Meeting, 2012; Oral presentation: A dense fog hung over the waters…” Historic documents as database for modern science.

Heritage Conference, Conservation challenges, solutions & collaboration opportunities in uncontrolled environments, Hobart, Australia, 2012; Oral presentation: Modern science and historical data – ships journals and diaries.

Public talk for the Antarctic Society, Canterbury branch, 2011: Oral presentation: Rush hour in the Antarctic (invited)

Following presentations are before 2012:

Rack, U. (2011) Felix Koenig: the European Science community across the enemy lines during WWI. Perth, Australia: War and Peace, Barbarism and Civilisation in Modern Europe and its Empires – AAEH XXII Biennial Conference Perth, 11-14 Jul 2011. (Conference Contributions – Oral presentations)

Rack, U. (2010) Fritz Loewe – from Germany to Australia. Oslo, Norway: Annual Antarctic Conference 2010: A Taste of the Ice. Polar Science – Global Impact, 8-12 Jun 2010. (Conference Contributions – Oral presentations)

Rack, U. (2010) Fritz Loewe – from Germany to Australia. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Annual Antarctic Conference 2010: A Taste of the Ice, 5-7 Jul 2010. (Conference Contributions – Oral presentations)

Rack, U. (2010) Fritz Loewe – from Germany to Australia with focus on his time in Melbourne. University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia: German-Australian Connections; Transnational and transcultural links between German-speaking countries and Australia, 24-25 Sep 2010. (Conference Contributions – Oral presentations)

Peer-reviewed journal articles
Rack, U; „Blizzard blowing again and considerable discomfort on board as usual“ – Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on expedition members during the Heroic Age, in: The Polar Journal 5:1, No 1, 2014 pp113-127 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2015.1030159

Rack, U.; „Weather still remains boisterous“ Historic weather data in diaries and logbooks 1901-1904, in: SCAR webpage, extended abstracts, pp66-67 (published February 2015) http://www.scar.org/scar_media/documents/humanities/Humanities_Workshop_2013_Abstracts.pdf

Rack, Ursula; Von der Antarktis nach Sibirien. Biographische Stationen eines österreichischen Polarforschers, Österreich in Geschichte und Literatur mit Geographie, no 1, Jg 59, Heft 1 (2015), pp 56-69

Rack, U; Felix König and the European science community across enemy lines during World War One, The Polar Journal, 4:1 (2014) pp88-104 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2154896X.2014.913928

Rack, Ursula; Felix König and the European science community across enemy lines during World War One, The Polar Journal, 4:1 (2014) http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/2154896X.2014.913928

Rack, Ursula; Österreichisch-ungarische und deutsche Polarexpedtionen zwischen 1870 und 1912. Sozialhistorische Aspekte, Österreich in Geschichte und Literatur mit Geographie, no 2, (2011), pp109 – 123

Peer reviewed books, book chapters, books edited
Rack Ursula; Exploring and Mapping the Antarctic: Histories of Discovery and Knowledge, in: Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions, edit: Nuttall, M; Christensen, T.R.; Siegert, M. (book chapter currently with editors – publishing planned in 2017)

Rack, Ursula; Polar Expeditions: Historical and social aspects of Antarctic exploration, in: Exploring the last continent: an introduction to Antarctica, edit: Daniela Liggett, Bryan Storey, Yvonne Cook, Veronika Meduna (Springer 2015 – ebook: 8.9.2015,) pp 307-325

Rack, Ursula; Teleki von Szék, in Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815 – 1950, edit: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 64. edit, (Wien, Österreichische Akakemie der Wissenschaften, 2013), p 238

Rack, Ursula; ‘Dumont D’Urville and the Search of the Magnetic South Pole’, in Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library, ed: Jones, Chris; Matthews, Bronwyn; Clement Jennifer, (Christchurch, Canterbury University Press, 2011) pp 201-205

Rack, Ursula; ‚Selbst wenn die Entbehrungen noch so gross sind…’, in Erobern, Entdecken, Erleben im Römerland Carnuntum, ed. Bruckmüller, Ernst; Humer, Franz, (Schallaburg, Grasl Druck & Neue Medien, 2011) pp 368-387

Rack, Ursula; Sozialhistorische Studie zur Polarforschung anhand von deutschen und österreich/ungarischen Polarexpeditionen zwischen 1868-1939, Berichte zur Poalr- und Meeresforschung, vol 618 (Bremerhaven, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, 2010) http://hdl.handle.net/10013/epic.35941

Rack, Ursula. (2010) Sozialhistorische Studie zur Polarforschung anhand von deutschen und oesterreich-ungarischen Polarexpeditionen zwischen 1868 – 1939 (Social-historic study of polar exploration based on German and Austrian-Hungarian polar expeditions between 1868 – 1939). PhD, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. http://hdl.handle.net/10013/epic.35941. (Theses – Doctor of Philosophy)

Krause, A. Reinhard; Rack, Ursula; ed.; ‘Logbook of the German Steam Bark GROENLAND written during a sealing and whaling campaign in Antarctica in 1873/1874 under the command of Captain Ed. Dallmann‘, Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung, vol 530 (Bremerhaven, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, 2006) http://hdl:10013/epic10535

Refereed conference proceedings
 Rack, U; 2016 Historical Antarctic Sealing Industry Conference, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, The Polar Journal (with the reviewer)

Rack, U; Atkin, A.; SCAR open Science conference 2014. Report on the session ‚Connecting the past-present-future: studies and methods in history for Antarctic research and science; SCAR webpage, published 22 October 2014 http://antarctica-ssag.org/2014/10/scar-history-workshop-report/

Rack, U; 2014 ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) Conference: the future of polar heritage environmental challenges in the face of climate change: detection and response, The Polar Journal, 4:2, (2014), pp429-30 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2014.954878

Rack, U, International Polar Heritage Conference: Conservation Challenges, solutions & Collaboration Opportunities in Uncontrolled Environments (8 – 11 March 2012, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia; Conference Report in: Polar Journal 3:1, 2013, pp 266-267; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2013.783291

Rack, Ursula; ‘Weather still remains boisterous. Historic weather data in diaries and logbooks 1901-1904’, Royal Meteorological Society History Group Newsletter, Reading, no 3, (2013), pp 15-18

Rack, Ursula; ‘Social Conditions on German Polar Expeditions, 1868 – 1939’, in Crises and Transition. Maritime Sectors in the north Sea Region 1790 – 1940, 8th North Sea History Conference, Bremerhaven 2005, Schriftenreihe des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums, (ed. Scholl, Lars Ulrich; Williams David M., (Bremerhaven, H.M. Hausschild, 2008) pp 189 – 195

Other forms of dissemination (reports and popular press, interviews, public outreach, etc.
Research/public talk, UC Womens’ network, 19.11.2015,”A really lovely day and a pleasure to live” Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on early Antarctic explorers (invited)
Public talk, Friends of the Canterbury Museum, 7.July 2015 “A really lovely day, and a pleasure to live”: Historic Weather Data form Diaries and how it influenced expedition members in the Antarctic (invited)Rack, U.; Passagiere des Eises: Polarhelden und Arktische Diskurse 1874 [Passengers of the ice: polar heroes and Arctic discourses 1874] , by Johan Schimanski, Ulirike Springer, Wien Böhlau, 2015, 719p, in: Polar Journal 6/1 (2016) http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/is4qVITi53SuZFj5AwWb/full

Rack, U.; Frank Worsley, Shackleton’s fealess captain: the biography of a true New Zealand Hero, by John Thomson, Antarctic Magazine, vol 33, no 3, (2015), p36 (review)

Rack, U.; Xavier Mertz. Das Tagebuch and Verschollen in der Antarktis. Die Bilder, by Jost auf der Maur, Martin Riggenbach, Polarforschung 83:2 (2015), pp89-91 (review) http://hdl.handle.net/10013/epic.44473.d001

Rack, U; As if the Weddell Sea were not big enough: two explorers and one challenge in 1914, Antarctic Magazine, 32/3 (2014), pp33-34

Rack, U; Interview on „Working dogs of Antarctica“, Pet Life Radio, Snata Fe, USA, 29.Oct. 2014, http://petliferadio.com/workingsdogsep101.html (interview)

ack, U; A dog’s tale – the history of man’s best friend in Antarctica; Public talk at ICEFEST speakers series Cafe Scientific, 5.Oct.2014, Christchurch

Rack, U; Master Navigator of Southern Seas, The Log, 47:1 ,Issue 195, (2014) (Australia) p20

Rack, U; Master Navigator of the Southern Seas. The greatest navigator of all times. Sea Breeze. Incorporating nautical magazine, UK, Dec 2014 p50

Rack, Ursula; The Third Reich in Antarctica: The German Antarctic Expedition 1938–1939, by Cornelia Lüdecke and Colin Summerhayes, The Polar Journal, 3:2, 2013, pp 470-472, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2013.846977(review)

Rack, Ursula; The Japanese South Polar Expedition 1910-1912. A Record of Antarctica, by Lara Dagnell and Hilary Shibata, The Polar Journal, 3:1, 2013, pp 261-262, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2013.783278 (review)

Rack, Ursula, International Polar Heritage Conference: Conservation Challenges, solutions & Collaboration Opportunities in Uncontrolled Environments (8 – 11 March 2012, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Australia; Conference Report in: Polar Journal 3:1, 2013, pp 266-267; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2154896X.2013.783291

Rack, Ursula; Roald Amundsen: Ein biographisches Porträt, by Cornelia Lüdecke, The Polar Journal, 2:1, 2012, pp175-177 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080.2154896X.2012.679569) (review)

Rack, Ursula; Life on ice, The Press/Good living, 8.3.2012, p2

Rack, Ursula; Master navigator of southern seas, The Weekend Press, 25.2.2012, C, p6

Rack, Ursula; Austrians in the Antarctic, Antarctic. The Magazine of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, vol 29, No 4, 2011, Issue 218, p62

Rack, Ursula; Alutiiq Villages under Russian and U.S. Rule, by Sonja: Luehrmann, Sibirica. Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, vol 9, 2010, issue 3, pp91-92 (review)

Rack, Ursula; Die österreich-ungarische Tiefsee/Expedition 1890-1898, by Günther Schefbeck, Österreich in Geschichte und Literatur, 54 Jg., vol 4, 2010, pp363-366 (review)

Rack, Ursula; Die Weltumsegelung der Novara 1857-1859, Österreich auf allen Meeren, by Renate Basch-Ritter, Österreich in Geschichte und Literatur, 53 Jg., vol 4, 2008, pp417-418 (review)

Rack, Ursula; The reality of an early polar-explorer, Antarctic. The Magazine of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, vol 27, no 2, 2008, pp36-37 (review)

Rack, Ursula; Footsteps on the Ice. The Antarctic Diaries of Stuart D. Paine, Second Byrd Expedition, Antarctic. The Magazine of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, vol 26, no 3, 2007, p54 (review)

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Public engagement – invited to give a presentation:

For schools special talks on Antarctica projects, clubs, societies, associations: as tutor in the Antarctic; how to survive the cold; student program in Antarctica;

Hillmorton High School, 2 May 2017 (Adaptation to extreme environments)

St. Andrew’s College Ladies Club, 28 April 2017 (Surviving the antarctic)

Riccarton Men’s Probus Club, 14 March 2016 (Research in the Antarctic)

Merrin Ladie’s Club, 13 March 2016 (As tutor in the Antarctic)

Te Waka Unua School, 31 October 2016 (Environmental project)

Shirley’s Ladies Club, 12 October 2016 (Antarctic Quilts and Arts)

Embroidery Guild, 10 August 2016 (As tutor in the Antarctic)

Rotary Women’s Club, 8 August 2016 (Antarctic as classroom)

Riccarton Women’s Probus Club, 5 July 2016 (With PCAS in the Antarctic)

Somerfield School, 17 May 2016 (project on leadership and responsibility)

Women’s Club, Presbyterian Church, 21 April 2016 (PCAS course in the Antarctic)

60+ Club St. Martins, 15 February (Antarctic Quilts)

Canterbury Women’s Club, 19 November 2015 (As tutor in the Antarctic)

60+ Club St. Martins, 12 October 2015 (Antarctic, a challenging place to be)

Friends of the Canterbury Museum, 7 July 2015 (Historic weather data)

Christchurch Quilters, 2 June 2015 (As tutor in the Antarctic)

Christchurch Quilters, 5 August 2014 (Antarctic, the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth)

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Merid’s Ladies Club talk

 

 

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Human footprint in the Antarctic

 

The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.

 

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Nature – Antarctic

 

 

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