This year I was in the privileged position to deliver 4 lectures in Antarctic History for the ANTA 102 lectures series. Because of the 4th lecture I could go into more detail in social history and history of science. The best opportunity was, however, that I could present the political context to the expeditions which were undertaken from the 1920s on. This part of Polar History has still lots to offer in terms of research. My focus is often the not so well known expeditions during the Heroic Era (e.g.: German, Swedish, Scottish, French expeditions). The political and economic changes after World War One and World War Two brought new challenges to Antarctic research. In the 1950s a new issue appeared: space travel. Antarctic research and space research competed in gathering funding and the big organisations like NASA were developing. Climate Change brought the Antarctic (and Arctic) into focus again and now the Antarctic is often used as a place for field training and to test material for outer space events.
A new year and lots of new plans will be made; some of them are compulsory and some are an addition to my research.
The NSC-DS is still going on and my focus is more on the German archives, libraries and companies to gather more logbooks for ACRE-Australasia.
The Deep South started the Constable Fund Round 2 and I will hand in a proposal to get research money for the Engagement and Impacts & Implications to include Humanities into this project to deepen the awareness of the complexity of weather, climate and historic events because this part is often underrepresented and needs more attention. The success seems slim but one has to try to know if there is something in for my research (never give up – never surrender).
I am also busy with book reviews, abstract writing for upcoming conferences, some articles for different journals, and my book. There are also some lectures in March (ANTA 102) and some public talks I have been invited to. For PCAS: I supervise a student on the topic of women in the Antarctic what will be an interesting approach and involves history and the presence.
A busy year is laying ahead.