Episode 21 Antarctic Anthropology with Dr. Jessica O’Reilly

Dr. Jessica O’Reilly (Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Reilly)

Dr. Jessica O’Reilly works in the least populated continent on earth by far: Antarctica. Working with an array of scientists, she turns the anthropological gaze on science itself and the culture of the scientists who spend months, if not years, gathering data in an exceptionally challenging environment.

The process of doing science is complex, and anthropologists of Science and Technology Studies like Dr. O’Reilly can help demystify it, showing the general public how scientists come to know what they know.


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For more information on Dr. O’Reilly and her work:

The Imax Crevasse (Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Reilly)

Dr. O’Reilly’s professional page: https://sgis.indiana.edu/faculty/directory/oreilly-jessica.html

The Technocratic Antarctic: An Ethnography of Scientific Expertise and Environmental Governance by Dr. Jessica O’Reilly (Amazon link)

The Technocratic Antarctic: An Ethnography of Scientific Expertise and Environmental Governance, by Dr. Jessica O’Reilly (Cornell Press link)

Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy (Amazon link)

Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy (University of Chicago Press link)

Websites for resources, organizations, or institutions referenced in our conversation:

Dr. O’Reilly in formal dress at the Christmas picnic (Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Reilly)

Link to previous Anthropologist on the Street interview with Dr. Georgina Drew: Episode 9 The River is a Goddess

Gateway Antarctica (The Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury): http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/schools-and-departments/antarctica/

Ablation (Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Reilly)

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition: https://www.asoc.org

Office of Polar Programs supporting arctic and antarctic grants in the US: https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OPP

Bruno Latour’s referenced work: Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

Scott Base Sign in Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Reilly)

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