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SCAR XXXV Paper 20: History Expert Group Report

SCAR XXXV Delegates Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 25-26 June 2018

SCAR XXXV Paper 20: History Expert Group Report

Agenda Item: 4.4.2

Person Responsible: C. Lüdecke


Executive Summary


Cornelia Lüdecke, Germany

Summary of activities and other important matters from 2016-18

The EG organized a session and produced a collective poster summarizing its activities at the 2016 SCAR OSC. In 2017 the History and Humanities/Social Sciences EGs co-organized a conference at the University of Tasmania with 77 oral papers. EG members participated actively at the 2017 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences. A session has been organized for the 2018 OSC to further build bridges between Arctic and Antarctic researchers. Collaboration between the two EGs continues to progress substantively leading to joint publications (see below) as well as a strong research network. EG members initiated major new projects on the history of polar environmental management (funded by the European Research Council) and on Antarctic cultural heritage (funded by the Swedish Research Council). Major publication developments included a landmark volume on Antarctica and the humanities, the first volume of its kind, and the signing of a contract to prepare a new Cambridge History of the Polar Regions. Lüdecke participated in the German Agenda for Polar Research 2017 of the German SCAR/IASC National Committee.


• We strongly recommend that the Delegates consider forming a Social Sciences and Humanities SSG as merger of the History EG and HASSEG.

• If the Delegates cannot approve a new SG, we request that the Delegates continue to support the History EG activities as proposed in this report to ensure the continued collaboration with HASSEG.