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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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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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Territory, cultural geography|
|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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