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Polar Field Stations and IPY History: Culture, Heritage, Governance (1882-Present)

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Polar Field Stations and IPY History: Culture, Heritage, Governance (1882-Present)

January 10-12, 2006
Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Organiser/For more information, contact: Dr. Michael T. Bravo.


Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006

16.00-18.00 - Tea - Scott Polar Research Institute

Early welcome for participants arriving during the day. Join the staff and students at the Scott Polar Research Institute for tea.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006

9.30-10.30 - Session 1: Introduction

(Led by Michael Bravo and Sverker Sörlin)

  • History of the Project
  • Provisional Goals
  • Timetable
  • Deliverables for the Project


11.00-1.00 Session 2: Participant Statements (probably time for about half - ideally six) on the relation between their research interests and the IPY (20 minutes/statement)

Participants are asked to reflect on the following questions in their arguments:

  • What sample of field stations (institutions, geographical locations, period) are being studied?
  • What kinds of research were carried out at these stations? Were they based in single disciplines or were they multidisciplinary?
  • What networks of science, culture, heritage, governance provide the significant contexts for these field stations?
  • What are the significant issues or themes raised by these field stations?
  • What methodologies are proposed for studying field stations?

2.00-4.00 Session 3: Continuation of Participant Statements (time for other half - ideally five)

4:00-4:30 Tea

4.30-5.30 Session 4 Discussion of the Network's Aims

  • What kinds of questions can be studied as a group or network?
  • Growing the Network (Michael Bravo)
  • Linking with other IPY Projects (Anne Jensen, Urban Wraakberg)

7.00 Group Dinner - Details to be Confirmed.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Session 5: 10.00-Noon: Supporting the Network

  • Website Structure (Michael Bravo and Carl Hogsden)
  • Bibliographies (Heather Lane, SPRI Librarian)

Noon - Closing


  • Robin Boast (Cambridge University)
  • Michael Bravo (Cambridge University)
  • Ann Dozier (University of Rochester)
  • Carl Hogsden (University of Cambridge)
  • Anne Jensen (Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, Barrow)
  • Julia Lajus (European University, St. Petersburg)
  • Richard Powell (Manchester University)
  • Christopher Ries (Geological Museum, Copenhagen)
  • Jessica Shadian (University of Delaware)
  • Sverker Sörlin (Stockholm)
  • Urban Wraakberg (Stockholm)
  • Kathryn Yusoff (Open University)