Forskare vid Snow Hill, Antarktis.
Gunnar Almevik (in the middle) and Jonathan Westin (at the right) visited Snow Hill in Northern Antarctica together with a Swedish-Argentine research team 2021.

In the footsteps of Otto Nordenskjöld

Sustainability and environment
Culture and languages
Science and Information Technology

120 years ago Otto Nordenskjöld led a Swedish research expedition to Antarctica. Today, the remains are acutely threatened by climate change. This Sea and Society talk describes the escapades of Otto Nordenskjöld expedition. It also discusses questions such as: What is this cultural heritage? Whose cultural heritage is it? What are the appropriate measures?

20 Jan 2022
12:05 - 13:00
Zoom webinar
Registration deadline
19 January 2022

Gunnar Almevik, professor, Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg.
Jonathan Westin, associate professor and research coordinator, Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Gothenburg.
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1901, Dr. Otto Nordenskjöld sailed to Antarctica with a group of Swedish researchers. The original plan was to stay on the continent for a year, but in February 1903, their ship Antarctic froze in the ice of the Weddell Sea and sank. The crew and researchers eventually where rescued by an Argentine ship.

In 2020, Swedish and Argentine researchers made a journey in Nordenskjöld's footsteps. The purpose was partly to study cultural heritage processes, but also to document the remains and produce a knowledge base for conservation efforts. 

About the Speakers

Gunnar Almevik is professor at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg. His research concerns cultural perspectives on crafts, buildings and built environments, and has a methodological focus on questions related to cultural heritage, material culture and making.

Jonathan Westin is associate professor in conservation and research coordinator at the Centre for Digital Humanities at Gothenburg University. He is a cluster leader within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, and member of the Getty Ancient Itineraries Institute. In his research he studies how perceptions of culture are formed through representations, and how these representations become part of our cultural heritage. By focusing on the communicative aspects of culture management, archives, and reconstructions, he approaches cultural heritage as the product of both curation and engagement.

About Sea and Society Talks

Sea and Society Talks  is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for Sea and Society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals. 

Link to zoom webinar will be sent out after registration.