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

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Collis, Christy. 2010. "Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic territory: Mobility and imperial space." Vannini, Phillip (ed.) The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled. London, United Kingdom. Ashgate Publishing Limited. pp. 39-54
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Walking and sitting in the Australian Antarctic territory: Mobility and imperial space

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1202
Book TitleThe Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled
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AuthorCollis, Christy
EditorsVannini, Phillip
Page Range39-54
Chapter Number3
Number of Pages16
Year2010
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780754676669
9781315615257
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315615257-8/walking-sitting-australian-antarctic-territory-mobility-imperial-space
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.

KeywordsAustralian Antarcti Territory; Antarctica; cultural geography
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440601. Cultural geography
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Journal TitleThe Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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