IPY-100 - Polar Field Stations and IPY History: Culture, Heritage, Governance (1882-Present)Entry ID: GB-NERC-BAS-PDC-00471
Abstract: Field stations have been through one of the most salient and tangible features of IPYs since 1882-83 and through to the coming IPY 2007-08. Field stations, and the scientific expeditions that created them and used them as vantage points, are inseperable from polar research. They form important parts of the infrastructure of polar research in the past two centuries. They have also served as flag ... carriers, and as symbols of political and economic ambitions of the nations to which their founders belonged. However. field stations remain a surprisingly neglected element in the study of the creation of scientific knowledge, and in relation to science diplomacy and geopolitical conflict and cooperation. We are not yet sufficiently clear about their status as legacies of past ambitions, or as heritage in landscapes which were shared by science with local groups and indigenous peoples. This project aims to approach field stations from a range of disciplinary vantage points. At the heart of our concerns are field stations as units of knowledge production in the field. Field stations are one of the chief means by which a sustained presence in the field is maintained: field sites, instruments, and the research communities through systems of peer review; research efforts are directed with an eye to agendas decided by policymakers.
Purpose: Through the cooperation between a set of local, national and disciplinary specialists and groups, in the form of an international network, the programme intends to make IPY itself the legitimate and significant study of IPY. Research within the IPY Field Stations Programme can be located within five main contexts:
1) History of IPYs and the Field Sciences
* The rationale of research ... stations
* Field Stations and local environments
* Indigenous contexts of field stations
2) The everyday life of research stations
* Ethnographies in the Field
* The Management of Field Stations
* The Seasonality of Fieldwork
3) Science, Policy, and Diplomacy
* National Narratives and Arctic Science Policies
* Circumpolar Governance and Geopolitics
* The political life of research stations
4) Landscape History
* Field stations and the production of polar landscapes
* Field station landscapes as historical artifacts
* Landscape as heritage and preservation of former IPY sites.
5) Museum Collections and Archives
* Museum collections formed during and in the wake of IPYs
* Collections and archives as living resources for polar communities.
* Contemporary issues in collections management.
This project uses the International Polar Year 2007-2008 as an opportunity to identify and analyse the work (e.g. planning, calibrating, publishing, management, hidden labour, sharing data) required to make field observations meaningful across a range of scales and contexts of users or audiences. We will anlayse former and present research station sites including important non-IPY sites, to understand how the residues of scientific practice become valid knowledge, collective memory and heritage. We will also study the contemporary and past role of field-stations in establishing patterns of management-labour interactions, work rules and customs, and attitudes toward jobs, for modern, non-subsistence employment in communities which have hosted or interacted with stations. For some stations, only archival work has been possible.
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ECONOMIC RESOURCES
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > INFRASTRUCTURE
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > BOUNDARIES > POLITICAL DIVISIONS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > PUBLIC HEALTH > PSYCHOLOGICAL PARAMETERS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > POPULATION
LAND SURFACE > LAND USE/LAND COVER
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Royal Institute of Technology
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
UIC Science Center & Barrow Arctic Science Consortium
Krupnik, I., Bravo, M., Csonka, Y., Hovelsund-Broda, G., Müller-Wille, L., Poppel, B., Schweitzer, P. and S. Sörlin. 2005. Social Sciences and Humanities in the International Polar Year 2007-2008: An Integrating Mission. Arcitc. 58 (1); 91-101. Bravo, M. 2008. Archive Fever. Bipolar: Arts Catalyst.
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DIF Creation Date: 2013-04-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-04-05