Seminar: Saving Antarctica? Histories and futures of environmental protection in the South

Saving Antarctica? Histories and futures of environmental protection in the South

A new book roundtable

Hosted by Deep Pasts and Human Scale Research Theme

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Flinders University, Adelaide

Tuesday, 2nd November

11:00am – 12:30pm (Adelaide Time)


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Madrid Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty, a transformative agreement which instituted a comprehensive range of environmental protections to safeguard Antarctica from human impacts, including the indefinite banning of mining.

Coinciding with this anniversary comes the publication of a major new work of Antarctic diplomatic and environmental history: Andrew Jackson’s Who Saved Antarctica? The Heroic Era of Antarctic Diplomacy (Palgrave, 2021). This new book draws on intimate knowledge of Antarctic archives to narrate and explore the complex and fraught diplomatic and scientific efforts to prevent Antarctica from being mined and to protect it forever.

To mark the publication of Jackson’s book and the Protocol’s 30th anniversary, this seminar brings together leading Antarctic scholars from around Australia to discuss Jackson’s book and to explore the themes it raises around environmental protection and politics.

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Andrew Jackson, University of Tasmania (with a three-decade career at the Australian Antarctic Division)

Cassandra Star, Flinders University

Lyn Goldsworthy AM, University of Tasmania and formally Antarctic advocate for Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition

Emma Shortis, RMIT

Alessandro Antonello, Flinders University

Photo: US National Science Foundation/Jon Master