‘Into the Maelstrom: Historicising the Southern Ocean’

Raphael Samuel History Centre in collaboration with University of Greenwich presents


Thursday 9 May 2019 5.45 pm

Queen Anne Court, Lecture Theatre QA080 University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS

Please book a free ticket here on Eventbrite (https://antarcticoceantalk.eventbrite.co.uk)

All welcome, refreshments available

Joy McCann (Australian National University) ‘Into the Maelstrom: Historicising the Southern Ocean’

The Antarctic Ocean is the most remote and forbidding of the world’s oceans. Wind, ice and fog loom large in heroic narratives of maritime exploration in the southern latitudes, but with little sustained attention to the natural and cultural histories of the Ocean and its place in Western and Indigenous histories. In this talk, Joy discusses the transformation in scientific and cultural perceptions of the Antarctic Ocean as an historical environment during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Dr Joy McCann is an Australian environmental and cultural historian. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for Environmental History, and is writing a book on Australians and Antarctica for the National Library of Australia. Her book Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean was published by New South Publishing (2018) and University of Chicago Press (2019).

Series organized by the Raphael Samuel History Centre (in collaboration with University of Greenwich (School of Humanities and Social Sciences). To find out more about RSHC History and Environment talks, please contact George Yerby george.yerby@googlemail.com, or about these Greenwich RSHC talks, Vanessa Taylor V.J.Taylor@greenwich.ac.uk

Getting to Greenwich Campus (Old Royal Naval College): Please see this webpage for details of how to get to the venue by public transport: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/travel/Greenwich (There is no parking available.)

QA080 is a Lecture Theatre in Queen Anne’s Court on the Old Royal Naval College campus of the University (NE corner, nearest the river). It is accessed via the Grand Square, up the ramp/few steps into the vestibule then through the Heritage Gallery to your left. There will be signs on the door.

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