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Science and Culture in the Kerguelen Islands: a relational approach to the spatial formation of a subantarctic archipelago
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0471-3748
2018 (English)In: Island Studies Journal, ISSN 1715-2593, E-ISSN 1715-2593, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 129-144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Kerguelen Islands are devoid of a permanent population, but are nonetheless interlinked to past and current human activities that have shaped their subantarctic landscape. In the past decades, the archipelago has become a French outpost for scientific research where scientists, support staff, research assistants, and travelers assemble during temporary missions. In this article, I present the spatial formation of islands as relational in order to explore how the material and the cultural converge to make the Kerguelen Islands a place of both mundane practice and global interconnection. These spatialities intertwine the features of the landscape with pre-departure preparations, animal encounters, scientific rigour, daily routines, and past human activities. I advance these narratives by analyzing 18 blogs of French sojourners who have spent extensive time on the Kerguelen Islands. I ultimately give islands without a permanent population a character unlike that of isolation and contemplation as is usually attributed to cold-water islands of the (sub) polar seas.

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Charlottetown, PEI: Institute of Island Studies , 2018. Vol. 13, no 2, p. 129-144
Keywords [en]
dwelling, materiality, narrative analysis, practice, relational geography, subantarctic islands, scientific research
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33652DOI: 10.24043/isj.63ISI: 000450978800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33652DiVA, id: diva2:1208813
Available from: 2018-05-21 Created: 2018-05-21 Last updated: 2018-12-11Bibliographically approved

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