Eismitte in the Scientific Imagination: Knowledge and Politics at the Center of Greenland

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Since the first attempts by Europeans to penetrate Greenland's interior in the 18th century, its geometric center, Eismitte ("middle ice" in German), has been one of the most forbidding but scientifically rich locations in the Arctic. Tracing its history from European contact through to the Cold War, this study shows how Eismitte was a setting for scientific knowledge production as well as diplomatic maneuvering, providing new insights into the history of polar exploration and the intertwining of the scientific ...

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Eismitte in the Scientific Imagination: Knowledge and Politics at the Center of Greenland

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Since the first attempts by Europeans to penetrate Greenland's interior in the 18th century, its geometric center, Eismitte ("middle ice" in German), has been one of the most forbidding but scientifically rich locations in the Arctic. Tracing its history from European contact through to the Cold War, this study shows how Eismitte was a setting for scientific knowledge production as well as diplomatic maneuvering, providing new insights into the history of polar exploration and the intertwining of the scientific and geopolitical spheres. Author Janet Martin-Nielsen draws on new research in private, government, military, and institutional archives in multiple countries to explain how this very remote place became a highly charged site of collaboration, contestation, and competition.

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Janet Martin-Nielsen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Aarhus University's Centre for Science Studies, Denmark. She has a PhD from the University of Toronto's Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Canada. Her work has appeared in Annals of Science, the Jourbanal of Historical Geography, History of the Human Sciences, and the Jourbanal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Edge of the World, the End of the World

1. A Land Apart

2. Taming the Ice Sheet

3. The Longest Trek

4. It Has Completely Changed

Epilogue: A Conspicuous Absence

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