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On past, present and future Arctic expeditions
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. Department for History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0019-8251
Umeå universitet, Arktiskt centrum vid Umeå universitet (Arcum).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7815-8340
2015 (English)In: The New Arctic / [ed] Birgitta Evengård, Joan Nymand Larsen and Oyvind Paasche, Springer International Publishing , 2015, p. 57-68Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Today the term “Arctic expedition” conjures up images of heroic men chasing knowledge, but also personal and national glory. Geographical goals such as the North Pole, the Northwest and Northeast Passages and the discovery of new lands became major cultural touchstones during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Individuals such as Sir John Franklin, Fridtjof Nansen, and Robert E. Peary became household names. Many smaller expeditions also ventured to the Arctic from Eurasia and North America. This chapter is about how large, publicity-friendly expeditions related to smaller, more prosaic ventures, and how the term expedition is used in the present to denote everything from seasonal fieldwork conducted by scientists to one-off feats of travel. We conclude with some reflections on how Arctic expeditions may look in the future – and how the term expedition continues to carry meaning in terms of culture and memory.

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Springer International Publishing , 2015. p. 57-68
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194425DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17602-4_5ISBN: 978-3-319-17601-7 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-17602-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-194425DiVA: diva2:1040402
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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Available from: 2016-08-22 Created: 2016-10-27 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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