Elizabeth Leane

Professor Elizabeth Leane

Elizabeth Leane is Professor of English and Associate Dean (Research) in the College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania. With degrees in science and literature, she is interested in building bridges between disciplines, and particularly in fostering humanities perspectives on the so-called “continent for science,” Antarctica.

Her current Antarctic research focusses on literary representation; exploration, travel and tourism texts and cultures; human-nonhuman interactions; and “gateway” cities. Her books include South Pole: Nature and Culture (2016) and Antarctica in Fiction (2012) and the edited collections Performing Ice (2020) and Anthropocene Antarctica (2019).

Her work intersects with life writing in many ways, including projects on Antarctic diaries; on the life and experiences of early Antarctic wireless operator Sidney Jeffryes; and on human and nonhuman journeys in the far south.