Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic territory: Mobility and imperial space

Collis, Christy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2951-8412 (2010) Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic territory: Mobility and imperial space. In: The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled. Ashgate Publishing, London, United Kingdom, pp. 39-54. ISBN 9780754676669

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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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Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Antarcti Territory; Antarctica; cultural geography
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440601 Cultural geography
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48623

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