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The influence of periodicals and their editorial contexts on scientific discourses of the Arctic, 1789-1914

The more the Arctic becomes the focus of European and world-wide governments, economies and socio-cultural endeavours, the more the communicational infrastructure that carries scientific findings and knowledge on this region needs to be reliable. This project aims to further a central element of this infrastructure-namely the scientific journal.

More concretely, the project approaches today's scientific journals on the Arctic through the transnational study of historical scientific journals of the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). As human-made artefacts, science journals have mirrored political, economic and socio-cultural forces since their very beginnings-and this project's aim is to investigate how exactly these forces have shaped editorial contents and contexts.

More concretely, this is an investigation of both the editorial contexts and contents of articles related to the Arctic that appeared in scientific journals within the geographical area that today is home to, among other, Austria, United Kingdom, Poland and the United States.

Understanding how editorial processes shaped earlier journal-based discourses on the Arctic allows to compare them to their counterparts of today, consider their strengths and weaknesses and take editorial action to bolster current scientific discourses on the north polar region. This project aims to do so through close cooperation with editorial offices on north polar research.

Project Researcher: Dr Anna Gielas

This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 894466.

European Union   Horizon 2020