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Dear HASSEG Members,
Please see below a great opportunity for a funded PhD project on the history of SCAR. Information also available at http://www.scar.org/2017/1056-phd-scar-archives?utm_source=newsletter_51&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mar17.


Unlocking the SCAR archive: the sixty-year long consolidation of Antarctic governance through polar research


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is the international organization tasked with coordinating research in Antarctica and as part of its 60yr Anniversary celebration, has decided to open its archives for a comprehensive study. This is SCAR’s veritable legacy of sixty years of research coordination at the bottom of the world. We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright scholar to examine the archival documents in order to better understand SCAR’s role in the shaping of Antarctic science and geopolitics as well as to use the historical evidence to cast new light on Antarctica’s present and future. The SCAR archive consists of official documents and correspondence from 1958 to the early 2000s stored in approximately thirty boxes at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI, Cambridge, UK). The materials document meetings; projects in glaciology, oceanography, solid earth science, and environmental conservation; negotiations and related agreements in the context of the Antarctic Treaty System.

The researcher will be working under the supervision of Simone Turchetti as first academic supervisor and in coordination with Kieron Flanagan, the second supervisor. He/She will also report regularly on the project’s progress to Jenny Baeseman, the SCAR Executive Director.

The researcher will be employed at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, where she/he will receive further training on research methods as well as working space. The PhD student will travel regularly to Cambridge to visit the SCAR archive. SCAR will contribute the office space and incidentals needed by the student to complete the project, as well as some travel costs. SCAR will also provide in-kind assistance to the student while in Cambridge. The investigator may also have the opportunity to attend one of the Antarctic Treaty Meetings to familiarize with the system of scientific governance existing in Antarctica.

The student will familiarize with advanced techniques to carry out archival research including ethical and legal aspects (confidentiality, ethical issues). In defining the historical study, the appointed PhD student will also extensively benefit significantly from the diversity of research interests existing in the supervisory team. She/He will thus draw on other disciplines, including environmental and science studies, international relation studies, and law studies. SCAR’s role will also expose the scholar to a number of other studies in scientific disciplines such as glaciology, oceanography and conservation studies.

Candidates must hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in areas such as: history of science/technology, general history, historical geography, science and technology studies, environmental history or environmental studies or another subject closely relevant to the themes of the project. Candidates with a Masters in a relevant subject area would have distinct advantage. In some cases we may be able to consider relevant professional experience in place of a Master’s qualification: please contact the academic supervisor for guidance before applying. All applicants should also have at least an Upper Second-class undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent: see http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-degree-equivalency-table-and-methodology).

Interviews for the studentship are expected to be held in May 2017.

Funding Notes     

This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. UK applicants qualify for the full studentship. Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a fees-only award. Only EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for minimum of 3 years prior to commencing the studentship, will qualify for the full award. Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University of Manchester: for further guidance see www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements/

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Dear HASSEG Members,
This is a good time of year for PhD scholarships! Another opportunity below, with information also available here: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/graduate_research_school/grs/scholarships/current_scholarships/current_scholarships/ics_antarctic_cities


ICS: Antarctic Cities

ARC Linkage Research Scholarship

The Institute for Culture and Society is the largest dedicated research concentration of its kind in Australia. The Institute researches transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. It champions collaborative engaged research in the humanities and social sciences for a globalizing digital age. Our aim is to carry out innovative interdisciplinary research into continuities and transformations in culture and society in a way that contributes to understanding and shaping contemporary local and global life. This approach involves being reflexively engaged both with the world and in understanding the conditions and limits of its own knowledge practices.

We are now seeking a highly motivated PhD student to contribute to a new Australian Research Council Linkage project Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons: Rethinking the Gateways.

The project aims to specific rethink polar gateway research through a comparative appraisal of local/national Antarctic imaginaries, regional Antarctic city-to-city relations and global Antarctic city-to-city mobilities as a way to identify the possibilities and obstacles for reconceptualising the Southern Ocean Rim cities as a custodial Antarctic network. The project is being developed with a series of government and university partners in Hobart, Christchurch (NZ) and Punta Arenas (Chile) to develop a set of sustainability tools and guidelines and design an online 'serious game' that encourages young urban citizens to consider sustainability scenarios, effective decision-making and policy-delivery for these five cities in relation to Antarctica.

The aim of the PhD is to help design and evaluate an online serious game prototype called Polarised Cities. This will be a multiplayer online and open source game co-designed, co-developed, and played by young people, to promote local-global exchanges and flows of knowledge across the Southern Ocean rim. It invites players to explore future scenarios and find solutions to future challenges faced by these cities and Antarctica. While these scenarios will be specified by the PhD candidate in consultation with the project team, they will be modelled on various 'averting the worst' cases. The game design, implementation and evaluation will support the project's broader aim to raise awareness of Antarctica's vulnerabilities and facilitate intercultural dialogue on urban futures across the five selected cities. The game will be designed for use on mobile phones (Android and iOS), but will be repurposed for general exhibition at local museums and science centres in each city. The PhD will investigate innovative approaches to serious game design, game-based learning approaches, gaming as a social research method, and games as media for reasoning, engaging  and collaborating on spatial, political and ecological themes.

The student will be based at ICS and will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Juan F. Salazar and Dr. Liam Magee, and will also collaborate with Professor Paul James (ICS) and Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane, University of Tasmania.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic students will receive a tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum and a funded place in the doctoral degree.
  • International students will receive a tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum. Successful candidates will be required to fund their fees. Those with a strong track record may receive a fee waiver.
  • Funding is available for project costs and conference travel.


We welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, especially those with a strong grounding in digital humanities, interactive design, games research, who are keen to apply their design skills to key questions in contemporary cultural studies. The successful applicant should:

  • Hold qualifications and experience equal to an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • Demonstrate strong academic and/or industry track record in relevant areas: games research and development, interactive design, and digital or environmental humanities.
  • Have an interest in, or be willing to learn about urban sustainability and Antarctic cultural studies.
  • Be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
  • International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.)Opens in a new window
  • Knowledge of Spanish will be an advantage.

How to apply

 Applications close 30 June 2017\

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Stację Antarktyczną im. H. Arctowskiego jej mieszkańcy porównują nieraz do "schroniska górskiego wyższej klasy". Polarnicy mają dziś internet satelitarny, ale jak dawniej lubią razem oglądać filmy. O życiu na stacji, która właśnie obchodzi 40-lecie, opowiadają w rozmowie z PAP.

Polska Stacja Antarktyczna im. Henryka Arctowskiego w Antarktyce jest jedną z około 40 stacji całorocznych, obecnych w tej części świata. Położona jest na półkuli południowej w archipelagu Szetlandów Południowych, na wyspie Króla Jerzego. Działalność rozpoczęła 26 lutego 1977 r.

To miejsce odległe od Polski o ponad 14 tys. km.

"Niegdyś dotarcie z Polski na stację zajmowało sześć tygodni. Wykorzystywano do tego celu polską flotę, i właśnie tyle trwał rejs z Gdyni na Wyspę Króla Jerzego" - wspomina dr Anna Kidawa z Zakładu Biologii Antarktyki, która uczestniczyła w kilku wyprawach antarktycznych. Teraz podróż jest nieco krótsza, ale nawet z wykorzystaniem samolotów zajmuje ponad tydzień. Ostatni etap nadal z reguły pokonuje się statkiem.

"Warunki są jak w domu, w dodatku nie trzeba samemu przygotowywać posiłków. Latem robi to zawodowy kucharz, a w zimie, kiedy jest nas mniej, kolejno dyżurujemy w kuchni i przy sprzątaniu" - opowiada PAP przyrodnik, polarnik i autor książek Mikołaj Golachowski, który na polskiej stacji spędził w sumie niemal trzy lata...

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Istniejąca od 40 lat Polska Stacja Antarktyczna zmaga się z niedofinansowaniem - pilnej naprawy wymaga np. infrastruktura. Bez placówki Polska utraci możliwość uczestnictwa w podejmowaniu decyzji o przyszłości Antarktydy - alarmują naukowcy.

Problemy wynikają m.in. z położenia głównego budynku Polskiej Stacji Antarktycznej im. H. Arctowskiego. W momencie, gdy został wzniesion, 40 lat temu, znajdował się kilkanaście metrów od morza; teraz przy wysokich stanach wód jest to niecały metr.

"Proces erozji jest nieunikniony. Spodziewamy się, że w każdej chwili może dojść do dużego sztormu i jedno skrzydło trzeba będzie wyłączyć z użytkowania" - powiedział w rozmowie z PAP dr hab. Robert Bialik, kierownik Zakładu Biologii Antarktyki Instytutu Biofizyki i Biofizyki (IBB) PAN - placówki, która zarządza stacją.

 Wiele do życzenia pozostawia również stan techniczny 40-letniej konstrukcji. Utrzymaniu infrastruktury stacji nie sprzyjają antarktyczne warunki klimatyczne, m.in. z powodu obecnej w atmosferze soli.

O środki na budowę nowego budynku IBB PAN zabiega w Ministerstwie Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego. Budowę nowego budynku stacji, w tym kilku nowych laboratoriów i części mieszkalnej, wyceniono na ok. 90 mln złotych. Gotowy jest projekt stacji. Bialik zwraca uwagę, że w kosztach budowy ujęto również transport materiałów budowlanych, który pochłonie połowę tej sumy...

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Located more than 14,000 kilometers away from Poland, the Polish Antarctic Station is among 40 research bases operating year-round in Antarctica, with Polish scientists having been working there uninterruptedly for 40 years.

The scientists at the station established in 1977 continue to share their meals but carry out independent research work, with natural environment being their greatest concern. "That is why we pay such great attention to proper waste management", Dariusz Puczko, the logistics coordinator admitted. "Organic waste is burned in a special incinerator. Renewable waste is sorted, compressed and shipped back to Poland", he added...



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