Because I got the NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship I have been invited for an interview yesterday at the radio station: “Plain FM, Christchurch Now.”
We are encouraged by the Trust to engage with media. It is a very new experience and I hope I got the message out for the Fellowship, my project and the Antarctic.
The HASSEG conference was held in Hobart in July 2017. Now a video about the conference has been released. I am in it with a part of my presentation Geographical Societies, mapping, and interests in the Antarctic (time in the video 13:29 – 14:15). This video gives a great overview of the content and the quality of the presentations.
Click on this link and the video should appear. Enjoy!
Antarctic, 2014 – an inspiration for my historical research
An exhibition in the EPS (Engineering Library University of Canterbury) is open since last week until the end of October. It promotes the Antarctic Collection which is on permanent loan at UC since 1999. Last weekend was the Season Opening and IceFest.
The display shows the history of the last 60 years in the Antarctic and New Zealand’s involvement in Antarctic science. The artwork is provided by Adele Jackson, an artist and Ph.D. candidate at Gateway Antarctica. A handout gives more information to the display.
Christchurch is one of the 5 Gateway Cities
Gateway Antarctica is the research unit at the UC
Antarctic Collection holds valuable information (books, reports, etc.) on Antarctic expeditions and research events.
Antarctic History is important to understand the current situation in the Antarctic (from the first scientific/research events to the Antarctic Treaty and the current situation with new team players (e.g.: China, Korea, India, Malaysia) who are establishing stations in the Antarctic.
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Opening hours of the EPS library.
Display in the EPS library.
Last week I gave a talk on my time in the Antarctic at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton. There were approx. 70 ladies present. It was a very nice group and they were really interested in the topic. Also, this group asked me to come again to their meeting with another talk. This is always a nice feedback.
Me, digging out the weather station in January 2016
Deutsche in der Antarktis: this is another book review which is published in the Polar Journal. Cornelia Luedecke wrote an interesting book on the German Antarctic expeditions from the Heroic Era until today. This account is only available in German but – hopefully – she can be persuaded to translate it into English to get a wider readership more familiar with names like Drygalski, Filchner, Ritscher, etc. as addition to the well known one like Scott and Schackleton.
Isobel Williams gave a very fascinating talk on Edward A. Wilson at 8th March 2017 at the University of Canterbury.The event was advertised through the NZAS, Canterbury Branch, CHA, City Council, AHT, Antarctica NZ, and the University.
Wilson was a great artist, physician, ornithologist, and Scott’s friend. Isobel had great picture material from the rich collection of Wilson’s drawings. He was a fascinating character and a brilliant scientist with strong believes and high values. Fascinating biography and Isobel told us this wonderful story.
Wolfgang Rack, Isobel Williams, Ursula Rack before the talk started. Picture provided with courtesy of Isobel Williams.
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.
Skuas busy to get food (near Scott Base 2015)