This seminar presents the findings of my PhD research on Antarctic tourism—how it emerged and what it reveals about our relationship with the frozen continent. Weaving together archival documents with oral histories of tourists, tour operators and government officials, I chronicle the eventful, controversial and unstoppable rise of Antarctic tourism over the past fifty years. From here I expand outwards into world history and literature, reflecting on how Antarctic tourism resonates with broader themes such as gender, nationalism, technology and environmental thought. I hope to show, as I have discovered along the way, that Antarctic tourism, far from being peculiar and exceptional is a revealing microcosm of the modern world in which we live.
About the speaker
Diane Erceg is a PhD candidate at ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society. Her research explores the histories of tourism, exploration and environment. For the past decade, she has worked in the fields of Antarctic science, diplomacy and tourism.