High Places: Cultural Geographies of Mountains, Ice and Science

Overview

High places—be they mountain peaks or the vast expanses of the polar latitudes—have always captured the human imagination. Inaccessible, extreme, they are commonly invested with awe and reverence, as places of physical challenge, intense experience. Increasingly, they are also treated as unique locations for science. High Places explores the fascinating geographies of these special environments, revealing how senses are challenged, objectivities exposed, cultural assumptions laid bare. Whether walking the summit ...

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Overview

High places—be they mountain peaks or the vast expanses of the polar latitudes—have always captured the human imagination. Inaccessible, extreme, they are commonly invested with awe and reverence, as places of physical challenge, intense experience. Increasingly, they are also treated as unique locations for science. High Places explores the fascinating geographies of these special environments, revealing how senses are challenged, objectivities exposed, cultural assumptions laid bare. Whether walking the summit of Pico de Orizaba, the fourth highest volcano in the northern hemisphere; recounting the tale of the American explorer Charles Wilkes, charged with "immoral mapping" in Antarctica; or exploring the 200,000 year old Greenland ice core; the international contributors reveal the richness and significance of these unique locations. Embracing Europe, Asia, North and Central America, Antarctica and the Arctic, High Places will interest geographers, historians of science, and those interested in polar/mountain studies, landscape, culture and environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845116163
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Denis Cosgrove was Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His recent books include Geography and Vision: Seeing, Imagining and Representing the World (I.B.Tauris, 2008); Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination (2001); and, as editor, Mappings (1999).

Veronica della Dora is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

* Introduction: High Places — Denis Cosgrove and Veronica della Dora
• Part I: Science and Formal Knowledge in High Places
• The Poles
• Walking in Circles — William Fox (USA - Independent scholar)
• The Ends of the Earth: Narrating Scott, Amundsen and Antarctica —John Wylie (University of Exeter)
• Climates of Sight: Mistaken Visibilities, Mirages and ‘Seeing Beyond’ in Antarctica — Kathryn Yusoff (Open University)
• Core Matters: Greenland, Denver, and the GISP2 Ice Core — Heather Frazar (Independent scholar)
• The Mountains
• The Mountains between Corporal Experience and Pure Rationality: the Contradictory Theories of Philippe Buache and Alexander von Humboldt — Bernard Debarbieux (Geneva University)
• Domesticating High Places: Mount Athos, Botanical ‘Garden of the Virgin’ — Veronica della Dora (University of Bristol)
• Astronomers at Altitude: Mountain Geography and the Cultivation of Scientific Legitimacy — Maria Lane (University of New Mexico)
• Part II: Local Knowledge and Science in High Places
• Local Populations as Mountain Steward (Valais, Switzerland) — Gilles Rudaz (UC Berkeley)
• Sea Ice Mapping — Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge)
• Canada Day in Resolute: Performing Ritual and Nation in an Inuit Community — Richard Powell (University of Liverpool)
• Paektudaegan: Memory, Science, Colonialism and Mapping High Places in Korea — Jin Jong-Heon (University of Seoul)
• Afterword — Nick Entrikin (UCLA) *

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