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+ Publications

Reports to Delegates and Executive Committee Meetings:


Workshop Reports:


The Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group has developed a Research Output Summary on Wilderness, which can be accessed on the group's website.

+ The Lewander Lecture

The “Lewander Lecture” is presented by the SCAR History EG. It is given during the SCAR Open Science Conference (SCAR OSC) or during the workshops of the SCAR History EG, in memory of our Swedish Lisbeth Lewander, who passed away in early 2012, and her inspiring work on the history of polar research.

The annual "Lewander Lecture" is chosen by the chair of the SCAR History Expert Group and the co-convenors from the abstracts submitted to the sessions of the SCAR History EG during the bi-annual SCAR OSCs or during the alternate biennial workshops of the SCAR History EG.

The lecture should demonstrate the value of dealing with polar history from diverse points of view, as well as the importance of sharing ideas and experiences with the next generation of scholars in order to widen involvement in the field. The lecture should be inspiring and deal either with new methods and ideas related to the history of polar research, or with knowledge based on decades of original research.

The Lewander Lecture was conceived in 2012 by Antarctic Polar Early Career Scientists and Senior Scientists who knew Lisbeth Lewander personally through various conferences and workshops:
Cornelia Lüdecke (Chair SCAR History Expert Group, Germany), Aant Elzinga (Sweden), Adrian Howkins (USA), Pedar Roberts (France), Consuelo Leon Wöppke (Chile) and Lize-Marié van der Watt (South Africa).

List of Lewander Lectures


Consuelo Leon Wöppke (Chile):
Chilean Antarctic Historiography: Main Contributions and New Trends


Adrian Howkins (USA): 
Changing patterns of human activity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys since the 1950s


Peder Roberts (Sweden):
“Enriching polar environments through animals: the curious history of bipolar animal transfers”


Elizabeth Leane (Australia):
“The Macquarie Island penguin-harvesting controversy. Science, celebrity and media in a subantarctic wildlife campaign”


Victoria Nuviala and Ximena Senatore (Argentina):
“Figures in the Fog: Ways of telling the Antarctic whaler's history (20th century, Antarctica)”


Heidi Prozesky and Lize-Marié van der Watt (both South Africa):
“The triple burden of masculinity: A gender analysis of South African Antarctic and sub-Antarctic science, c. 1961-2011”


+ Data

Metadata from the former Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) can be made available upon request.

Due to confidentiality and human ethics restrictions, original research data cannot be made publicly available.

+ Links

Humanities and Social Sciences Conferences

Joint Humanities and Social Sciences workshops and conferences have been held since 2013.  Details are on the Humanities and Social Sciences Meetings page

2017 Humanities and Social Sciences Conference video

A short video was created during the 2017 Humanities and Social Sciences Conference:

HASSEG Conference 2017: Understanding the Antarctic region through the Humanities and Social Sciences (short version) from Stephen Curtain on Vimeo.

A longer version of the video is available at

Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA)

ALSA aims to collect and archive electronically photographs and other items of interest relating to the history of South Africa’s involvement “down South” from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration (and before) right up to the present day.

'Taming the Leviathan'

This is a project of the University of St Andrews' Special Collections to catalogue papers they hold on whaling, seal hunting and fishing, including extensive records on whaling in the Southern Ocean during the 20th Century.  Follow the links below for details: