By E. Glasberg
Arguing that Antarctica is the main mediated position in the world and therefore an awesome place for checking out the boundaries of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this publication remaps nationwide and postcolonial equipment and provides a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the focal point of ecological problem.
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Sectors abstract and generalize territorial claims. Working through whole-earth spatialization to encompass and contain specific and multiple and overlapping national claims, the sector projects backward from the time of the “last place” of geo-historical attainment of the pole, back out north to higher latitudes. In a way, the sector map reversed the time– space constrictions encountered by the explorers as they neared the South Pole terminus of 0 degrees latitude and longitude, expanding out from the pole and recuperating the constrictions of historical discovery in the retrospect of territorial futurity.
The pursuit’s climax, the race to the South Pole between Britain and Norway, became a sort of overdetermined performance of a national symbolic, a conflicted attempt to bolster the narrative of progress implicit in empire. In 1911–12, people around the world followed the race between Amundsen and Scott to plant the flag of their nation at the crosshatch A N TA R C T I C C O N V E R G EN C E 5 of latitude and longitude that was the South Pole. The drama of that race remains riveting to this day.
The hemispheric paradigm would shape human history in general and Antarctic history directly. In particular, Ptolemy’s world map operated like an open canvas, incorporating great swathes of blank space and thus inviting the expansion of knowledge. The renaissance development of a perspectival or holistic globe utilizing the grid of latitude and longitude supplanted the globe broken up into distinct zones. From the modern globe’s mathematical projection developed the notion that “anywhere is linked to everywhere” (Agnew), lending a metageographical naturalness to imperialist territorial aggrandizement and capitalist accumulation.