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Industrial heritage in the polar areas as sources for historical research
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. (Resource Exctraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6461-7734
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In recent years, two large research projects have sought to explain the historical development of large scale resource extraction in the polar areas, from the 17th century until present day. Both projects have combined history and archaeology through archival research and archaeological field work at abandoned industrial sites in the Arctic and Antarctic. The approach has a theoretical motivation based in Actor Network Theory; actors appropriate resources and political influence by using rhetoric and material culture, which requires the study of written sources as well as material remains. In this paper I will discuss how these research projects have addressed three of its main research problems using this theoretical-methodological approach: the interests motivating Arctic and Antarctic industry, the design of technology and settlements in polar environments, and international competition over natural resources and polar territories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm University, Stockholm April 22-25, 2013, 2013.
Keyword [en]
Industrial archaeology, historical archaeology, actants, mining, Arctic, Antarctic, whaling
National Category
Archaeology History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-182590OAI: diva2:904856
14th conference of the Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group
Assessing Arctic Futures: voices, resources and governance
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research

QC 20160226

Available from: 2016-02-19 Created: 2016-02-19 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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