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Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Antarctica

Call for Papers

Theme: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, and Antarctica
Type: Interdisciplinary Workshop
Institution: University of Oslo
Location: Oslo (Norway)
Date: 3.–4.12.2020
Deadline: 30.3.202

Does Antarctica have a colonial history? Has it entered a
postcolonial present? And are those terms even appropriate for a
continent without an Indigenous population, a continent that is
paradigmatically represented as a space for science and peace that is
exceptional to the processes governing the rest of the world? The aim
of this workshop, sponsored by the projects “Political Philosophy
Looks to Antarctica” and “Greening the Poles: Science, the
Environment, and the Creation of the Modern Arctic and Antarctic”, is
to critically explore these and related questions. The aim is to
produce an edited volume that poses fundamental questions about how
power has been exercised in Antarctica in the past – and how it
continues to be exercised in the present – and about the analytic
limits of colonialism and postcolonialism in Antarctica and beyond,
in sites like the outer space or the deep seabed.

Our aim is to bring scholars of Antarctica and the polar regions into
conversations with historians, philosophers, and geographers who
study colonial and postcolonial processes elsewhere in the world. As
such, we welcome submissions from scholars at all career stages who
can speak to this topic. Our primary focus is on deeper conceptual
issues related to the concepts of colonialism and postcolonialism in
Antarctica and other spaces without Indigenous populations.
Applicants should submit a 500-word abstract (max) with contact
details to Oda Davanger (, no later than
March 30. Successful applicants will be notified by April 20. The
workshop will consist of pre-circulated papers and applicants should
be prepared to deliver a draft paper suitable for commentary and
discussion (of c. 6000 words) by November 15. Travel funding is
available for successful applicants.

“Political Philosophy Looks to Antarctica” is financed by the Polar
Program of the Research Council of Norway. “Greening the Poles” is
financed by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European
Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant
agreement No. [716211 – GRETPOL]). The workshop organizers are
Associate Professor Alejandra Mancilla (University of Oslo, and Associate Professor Peder
Roberts (University of Stavanger,


Peder Roberts, Associate Professor of Modern History
University of Stavanger