Communicating Gateway Identity.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Fundamental aspects of Antarctic interpretation, the history of Antarctic arts, technology as applied to Antarctic communication, and the history of Antarctic celebrations and festivals are complex and very interesting fields. However, many of these have already been examined in seminal works elsewhere, such as Stephen J. Pyne’s The Ice (1986), Paul Simpson-Housley’s Antarctica: Exploration, Perception, Metaphor (1992), and recently, Lynne Andrews’ Antarctic Eye: The Visual Journey (2007). While these have not exhausted the subject, this project instead seeks to consider these fields as they apply to New Zealand as an Antarctic Gateway nation, in the modern context of environmental awareness. Communicating Gateway Identity is particularly conceived in light of the future importance of Antarctica’s role as a barometer of global warming and actor in climate change, and the need for means in which a growing sense of stewardship over the continent can be supported. Rationale for the support in particular of Antarctic arts and the New Zealand Antarctic Festival are also discussed, since technology is largely driven by individuals.