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2023 Conference Program

Terror Camp 2023 is divided into two days:

Terror day (for the Arctic & Franklin) and Erebus day (for Antarctic science & history).

Register for this year's conference!

Join the community of polar enthusiasts as we come together for our third annual Terror Camp!

Terror Day -  Saturday, December 9
Panel A: Primary Sources
8:00 PST / 11:00 EST / 17:00 CET (in my timezone)
  • "old Harvey (a mulatto)": Sailors of Colour on British Arctic Expeditions (1848-1859), Edmund Wuyts

  • "Do attend to your orthography": spelling as history in Franklin Expedition Letters, Reg

  • Relic or Artefact; an Analysis of Polar Artefacts in Museum Catalogues, Ash

Panel B: Historical Persons
9:20 PST / 12:20 EST / 18:20 CET (in my timezone)
  • Thomas Holloway: Pills, Palaces, and The Accursed Bears, Verity Holloway

  • "Scarface" Charley Tong Sing: A Chinese-American on the Jeannette, In the Papers, and Afterwards, Han

  • Failsons of Hudson Bay,  Jas Bevan Niss

  • “Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole”: Roald Amundsen as Shakespearean Tragedy, Ireny

Panel C: Cultural Understandings and the Arctic
10:50 PST / 13:50 EST / 19:50 CET (in my timezone)
  • How Fares the Raft of the Medusa?: Mutiny, Cannibalism, and the Portrayal of History, Brianna Lou

  • “This Place Wants Us Dead”: The Terror and Folk Horror, Allison Raper

  • Icebound, Not Down, Hester Blum

Saturday Keynote

The heart of Terror Camp is and will always be right there in the name. To cap off a full day of presentations on Arctic and Franklin Expedition-related topics, we are thrilled to welcome stars of AMC's The Terror, Nive Nielsen (Silna) and Paul Ready (Harry Goodsir). 

12:30 PST / 15:30 EST / 21:30 CET (in my timezone)

Erebus Day - Sunday, December 10
Panel D: Death and Narratives of Death
8:00 PST / 11:00 EST / 17:00 CET (in my timezone)
  • "Known to all the youth of the Nation": Scott's Sacrifice in Children's Literature, Branwell

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Quest, Caitlin Brandon

  • Funny to think of it as coming home: football, exploration, and the stories we tell ourselves, Rach

Panel E: The Allure of the Antarctic
9:20 PST / 12:20 EST / 18:20 CET (in my timezone)
  • From the South Pole to the Stars, Emma

  • The Feminine(?) Antarctic, Sam Botz

  • There and Back Again: In the Antarctic with Ross and Crozier, Phil Mikulski

Antarctic Roundtable
10:50 PST / 13:50 EST / 19:50 CET (in my timezone)
  • Out of the Rookery: An exploration of science and survival on Shackleton's Endurance, with Rebecca, Meg, and Avery

Sunday Keynote

For our Erebus Day keynote conversation, Terror Camp is thrilled to welcome Francis Spufford, award-winning author of I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, and Sarah Airriess, writer and illustrator of the Worst Journey in the World graphic novel. Together we’ll discuss Antarctica’s enduring hold on how we think, dream, and live.

12:30 PST / 15:30 EST / 21:30 CET (in my timezone)

Posters will be presented asynchronously in our digital poster alley.


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