Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.
Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region—past, present and future—requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.
This conference will be held by Centro Studi e Museo d’Arte Preistorica (CeSMAP), Pinerolo:
“Is there palaeoart before modern humans?
Did Neandertals or other early humans create ‘art’?”
International Conference to be held at the University of Turin, Italy
From 22 to 26 August 2018
Academic sessions will be from 22 to 24 August 2018,
followed by field trips to Neandertal sites on 25 and 26 August (Fumane Cave, Verona, Italy and Ciota Ciara Cave, Borgosesia, Italy).
The three sessions:
First Announcement: CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS.
Alternative suggestions are invited, as well as expressions of interest in organising specific sessions or symposia.
Further announcements will be made progressively.
Interested researchers are encouraged to submit preliminary proposals by e-mail to: