Posted on 03/12/2011
Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway appears in a recent episode of the BBC series, "The Last Explorers".
Speaking in his capacity as Editor of The Geographical Journal, Prof. Dodds considered the importance of Antarctica in the UK imperial imagination.
The programme follows Neil Oliver in re-tracing the expeditions of four Scottish explorers who planted ideas rather than flags - ideas that shaped the modern world we know today. Following in the footsteps of a scientific explorer who has become all but lost to history, Neil charts the remarkable story of William Speirs Bruce, one of Britain's great, but least-known explorers. Bruce set out to conquer Antarctica, not for imperial glory, but to advance scientific knowledge in an era when exploration had become harnessed to national prestige.
Prof. Dodds is the author of several books that explore the significance of the Antarctic and the polar regions, including Pink Ice (I.B. Taurus: 2002), and is the Director of a new , which will launch at Royal Holloway in September 2012.
The programme can currently be seen on BBC iPlayer.