2021 SCAR SC-HASS Biennial Conference

The Global Antarctic
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The Global Antarctic

Message from the Convenor

I would like to welcome all Antarctic humanities and social science scholars and stakeholders to the 2021 biennial academic conference of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) under Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). For the first time in its history, the SC-HASS biennial conference comes to Asia, and Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) is proud to host the conference, back-to-back with the 14th Polar Law Symposium (November 21-23) .

Despite the continuing uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, vaccinations, and international travel restrictions, following a concrete request from the Chief Officers of the Committee, Kobe PCRC has decided to hold the conference initially in hybrid format, but in any event, as a last resort, in entirely online format. The hybrid conference will consist of a limited number of in-person live events at Kobe, Japan, and several online opportunities such as online poster/PPT presentations, online live seminars broadcast through internet, online panel discussions recorded for later on-demand viewing on the website, etc. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is considering carefully the logistical and financial feasibilities for the details of the hybrid conference system. The LOC will finalize the conference format as well as a general scheme of the conference program in late September, taking into consideration the number of abstracts received and accepted and the participants’ preferences regarding their means of participation.

The abstract submission portal has opened on June 1 and will remain open until August 2, so please be prepared to engage in this exciting biennial event of the SC-HASS. There will be no fee for submitting an abstract.

Pending final confirmation from the SC-HASS Chief Officers, we also expect to be able to waive registration fees for both in-person and online participation in the conference.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Convenor, 2021 SCAR SC-HASS biennial conference
Professor and Director, Kobe University PCRC
Akiho SHIBATA

Theme and Events

The Global Antarctic

The conference theme is “The Global Antarctic,” chosen to signify both the global nature of the conference this year – with participants physically located in all parts of the world – and the diversity of connections between Antarctica and people around the globe. As is customary for SC-HASS meetings, we welcome proposals from all geographic and disciplinary perspectives, and from scholars of all career stages.

About SC-HASS

Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences

SC-HASS is a community of researchers working on diverse aspects of the humanities and social sciences as they relate to Antarctica. Its membership includes historians, legal scholars, tourism scholars, anthropologists, literature scholars, archaeologists, musicologists, political scientists, and many others. Previous SC-HASS conferences have been held in locations such as Ushuaia (Argentina), Hobart (Australia), Cambridge (UK), Fort Collins (USA), and Stellenbosch (South Africa). A key goal of the Committee is to help strengthen local and regional networks in Antarctic humanities and social sciences. As such, we hope that by meeting in Kobe the Committee will contribute to this growth in Japan and in East Asia, while also providing an important meeting space for scholars at the leading edge of international research.

About the 14th Polar Law Symposium

To interested polar legal and policy scholars

Kobe PCRC will be hosting the 14th Polar Law Symposium also in hybrid format on November 21-23, 2021. Polar Law Symposium is an annual academic gathering of scholars, students, indigenous representatives and practitioners to discuss the international law and policy challenges faced by both the Arctic and the Antarctic. Please do consider submitting an abstract also to the Symposium as well as staying on in Kobe for a few more days if you plan to physically attend the conference.

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Abstract Submission Portal

Abstract Submission Portal has opened on June 1 and will remain open until August 2.

Please ensure that you read the Call for Abstracts before submitting an abstract.
Please use the model abstract format and send it in PDF through the Abstract Submission Portal.

For any inquiry regarding the abstracts,
please contact the Chair of the Academic Planning Committee:
peder.roberts@abe.kth.se

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Registration

Registration is planned to open from the end of September 2021.
Pending final confirmation from the SC-HASS Chief Officers, we also expect to be able to waive registration fees for both in-person and online participation in the conference.

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Organization

The Global Antarctic
2021 SCAR SC-HASS Biennial Conference

Convenor
Akiho SHIBATA (Kobe PCRC)

Academic Planning Committee

Chair
Peder ROBERTS (University of Stavanger)
Vice-Chair
Osamu INAGAKI (Kobe PCRC)

Local Organizing Committee

Chair
Mami FURUHATA (Kobe PCRC)
Vice-Chair
Zia MADANI (Kobe PCRC)
Conference Secretary
Wakako MASUDA (Kobe PCRC)

Inquiry

For inquiries:

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