Open Access Repository

Gendered power relations and sexual harassment in Antarctic science and remote fieldwork in the age of #MeToo

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924 and Nielsen, H ORCID: 0000-0002-2761-7727 2020 , 'Gendered power relations and sexual harassment in Antarctic science and remote fieldwork in the age of #MeToo', paper presented at the Gender and Sexuality at Work: A Multidisciplinary Research and Engagement Conference, 18 February 2020, University of Melbourne.

[img]
Preview
PDF
139587-Gendered...pdf | Download (660kB)

| Preview

Abstract

Antarctica is a remote, historically masculine place. It is also a workplace, and the humaninteractions there are connected to power structures and gendered expectations. Today,nearly 60% of early career polar researchers are women (Strugnell et al. 2016). However,women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) are 3.5times more likely than men to experience sexual harassment during fieldwork (Clancy et al.2014) making questions of safety, power, and harassment pertinent. Gender equityinitiatives coupled with #MeToo have provided new platforms for reporting sexualharassment and challenging problematic research cultures which position science asmeritocratic and gender-neutral. Yet, the impact of #MeToo in Antarctic science is uneven.The termination of Prof. David Marchant is widely cited as evidence that #MeToo ispositively affecting Antarctic science. We argue it is problematic to focus on individual casesat the expense of the wider culture. We examine the complex historical (e.g. genderedinteractions with the Antarctic landscape), cultural (e.g. identity politics), and relational (e.g.gendered power dynamics) tensions underpinning recent #MeToo revelations in Antarcticscience with a view to providing more nuanced approaches to structural change.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Nash, M and Nielsen, H
Keywords: antarctica, fieldwork, polar, women, gender, #MeToo
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of Gender and Sexuality at Work: A Multidisciplinary Research and Engagement Conference
Copyright Information:

Copyright unknown

Related URLs:
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page
TOP