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A continent of and for whiteness?: “White” colonialism and the 1959 Antarctic Treaty

  • Alejandra Mancilla (a1)


There are at least four ways in which Antarctic colonialism was white: it was paradigmatically performed by white men; it consisted in the taking of vast, white expanses of land; it was carried out with a carte blanche (literally, “blank card”) attitude; and it was presented to the world as a white, innocent adventure. While the first, racial whiteness has been amply problematised, I suggest that the last three illuminate yet other moral wrongs of the Antarctic colonial project. Moreover, they might be constitutive of a larger class of “white” colonialisms beyond the White Continent.


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A continent of and for whiteness?: “White” colonialism and the 1959 Antarctic Treaty

  • Alejandra Mancilla (a1)


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