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Swedish research in Antarctica, seized and missed opportunities

Keynote lecture at Polar Week 2010 (19-23 April) in Ånn, organized by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariate

Författare och institution:
Aant Elzinga (Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori)
Publicerad i:
Polar Week presentation 2010 at Ånn organized by Polar Research Secretariat 19-23 April 2010,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The paper provides a background and overview of several factors relating to the ups and downs of Swedish investments in Antarctic polar science. Three peaks are identified: 1901-1913, 1945-1955, and 1984-2005, with "stagnation troughs" between them. The question of science policy is how long do we have to wait for the beginnng of a new "peak", is it 2030 when it is time for the 150th anniversary of A.E. Nordenskiöld's famous Vega expedition through the North-East passage, or can the process be hastened? Are we currently treading water in a new "stagnation trough"? The significance of cultural symbolism entailed by "Vega speeches" 1930, 1980 and in future is discussed, as is the necessity of coincidence between scientific and politico-economic agendas, an issue that seems to be acute today when all the attention is on the Arctic as a place to be exploited in the wake of the retreat of glaciers, melting permafrost and Arctic ice in connection with climate change, spurring geopolitical rivalries. The paper explores the linkages between the politics and epistemologies of polar research.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Teknik och social förändring
Historia och arkeologi
epistemology, science policy, polar, Arctic, Antarctica, Vega expedition, history of science
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2010-04-28 19:46

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