Universitas Antarctica. 100 years of the German South Polar Expedition from 1901–1903, led by Erich von Drygalski

From the mid-19th century there was comprehensive campaigning from interested private individuals in Germany, in favour of German polar research. When Germany became a united nation in 1871, the German Reich – against the background of the race to gain the last "white areas on the map", i.e. areas not already claimed by other European empires - resolved to finance an expedition to Antarctica.

On 11 August 1901 the sailing ship "Gauss" set off on a two-year research trip to Antarctica. Among the 32 crew members were scientists of various disciplines. The geographer Erich von Drygalski (1865–1949) managed the scientific aspects  of the project. When the ship anchored again at its home port Kiel on 25 November 1903, the scientific findings were so very extensive that over a hundred specialists worked on assessing them between 1905 and 1931.

The exhibition presents documents from the exhibition which were handed over to the then Museum for Regional Geography in 1931. 26 poster boards present the course and the research results of this expedition, as well as the many years of planning and preparation; this is in addition to international cooperations among the south pole researchers, and the framework conditions relating to science policy within which the team operated in the Kaiser’s Imperial Germany.

Contact

Heinz Peter Brogiato
H_Brogiato(at)ifl-leipzig.de
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-126


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Lang, Thilo (Herausgeber/-in) / Görmar, Franziska (Herausgeber/-in)
(2019)
Regional and local development in times of polarisation : re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. -
London, Palgrave Macmillan. 382 Seiten (New geographies of Europe)
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(2019)
Von der Länderkunde zu regionalen Geographien. -
In: Geographische Rundschau / 70 Jahre Geographische Rundschau - wo die Geographie heute steht, Seite 46-51
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