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Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic Territory : mobility and imperial space

Collis, Christy (2009) Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic Territory : mobility and imperial space. In Vannini, Phillip (Ed.) The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities : Routes Less Travelled. Ashgate Publishing Limited, Surrey, England, pp. 39-54.

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Abstract

In 1995 and 1997, two major Australian expeditions travelled to Antarctica. They were the most heavily-reported Antarctican events of their two years: they were charged with the public production of Australian Antarctic spatiality. Both published exploration narratives: Don and Margie McIntyre’s Expedition Icebound generated an illustrated coffee-table book, Two Below Zero: A Year Alone in Antarctica, and the Spirit of Australia South Pole Expedition published its narrative as a video titled Walking on Ice: The History-Making Expedition to the South Pole. Yet, despite the fact that the two polar trips took place during the same period, their spatialities are markedly different. Walking on Ice is a mobile narrative of imperial exploration, while Two Below Zero is a static spatial story of colonial settlement. How polar mobility and relative immobility figure in Australia’s perceptions of, and claim to, nearly half of Antarctica is the focus of this chapter.

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ID Code: 29603
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, cultural geography
ISBN: 9780754676669
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Ashgate Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2010 08:28
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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