Angling towards Antarctica: A preliminary study of scientific "expedition" tourism in Ushuaia, Argentina

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Student Research Reports, Summer 2018

View of Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel, and the mountains of Chilean Tierra del Fuego. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)
View of Ushuaia, the Beagle Channel, and the mountains of Chilean Tierra del Fuego. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)

Angling towards Antarctica: A preliminary study of scientific "expedition" tourism in Ushuaia, Argentina
By Robyn Taylor-Neu

This Tinker-funded trip served as a preliminary investigation of the geopolitics and place-branding of Ushuaia, Argentina--a city alternately known as the "end of the world" and "gateway to Antarctica." Previously, during my masters, I undertook a small side project on investigative journalism in El Salvador. Although the context of this project is markedly different, I retain a focus on processes of meaning-making and the representation of place. While in Argentina, I began to establish a network of contacts and refine my research questions. For others conducting similar fieldwork, I would recommend reaching out to local academics well in advance of arriving in order to set up meetings and learn of other potential contacts. At this stage, any report of the uses of results of my research would be premature. That being said, my time in Ushuaia has been invaluable in the development of my research foci and guiding questions. It also had the effect of improving my Spanish language skills exponentially.

Looking out over the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia's harbor. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)
Looking out over the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia's harbor. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)

Experiencia Antarctica" building beside Tourist Information at Ushuaia's port. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)
Experiencia Antarctica" building beside Tourist Information at Ushuaia's port. (Photo by Robyn Taylor-Neu.)

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