Science and flags: deconstructing Turkey's Antarctic strategy
This article explores Turkey's recent increased interest in the Antarctic by deconstructing how this interest contributes to the making of Antarctic nationalism(s). It makes two arguments. First, Turkey's status-seeking by being present in the Antarctic contributes to Antarctic nationalism(s) by invoking three distinct yet overlapping strands of nationalisms - banal, pragmatic-techno and Kemalist nationalisms, or what we term assemblage nationalism. Second, we argue that it was this nationalist trope that became the mutual language between Turkey's ruling elite and scientists, and one of the factors that prompted a change of strategy in Turkey's Antarctic policy. Turkey's status-seeking combined with this nationalist trope, which highlighted compatibility with the former's broader discourse on technological upgrading and economic development, helped the Turkish ruling elite and scientists frame and make sense of the country's presence in Antarctica. We conclude that when status-seeking involves collaboration with foreigners, a 'more benign' form of nationalism becomes possible.
SourceTHIRD WORLD QUARTERLY
KeywordsAntarctic nationalismgender in the Antarctic
Turkey and Antarcticabanal nationalism