Flags, frames and fingers: feeling, seeing and understanding the polar regions

Summary by Klaus Dodds

This talk will consider the different ways, beyond the representational and textual, that the polar regions inspire and provoke. Using contemporary examples including the 2007 planting of the Russian flag at the bottom of the central Arctic Ocean alongside political figures standing in front of maps of exclusive economic zones and outer continental shelves, we will consider how such performative acts have provoked a range of emotions from pride, fear and
© Govert de Groot, Arctic Peoples Alertloathing.
In essence, it is suggested that if we are to properly understand the complex reasons why states and their representatives including scientists invest time and resources in the polar regions we need to take into account more than the rational, the scientific and the collegial. The acts of flagging, fingering and framing are important shapers of human activity in these apparently remote spaces.
© Govert de Groot, Arctic Peoples Alert


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