Dr MARIONNE CRONIN The University of Aberdeen School of Social Science Dr MARIONNE CRONIN Research Fellow work +44 (0)1224 273741 pref 24 High Street, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, AB24 3EB

Research Fellow



Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273741


Address: 24 High Street, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, AB24 3EB


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PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2006, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2001, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

MA in Philosophy, 1999, York University, Toronto, Canada

BA (Honours) in Communication, Culture, and Information Technology (Science and Technology Studies), 1998, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

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Research Interests

Material practices of northern colonialism; Imagined northern geographies and landscapes; History of technology; History of exploration - particularly heroic exploration narratives; Technology, exploration, and empire; History of aviation; Canadian history - interwar and northern history; Environmental history

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Current Research

I am interested in the relationship between technology and place in the circumpolar world, the role of technology in the practice of polar exploration, and I have a special interest in the history of aviation in the circumpolar world.  My current research examines the polar flights of Roald Amundsen and Richard Byrd in the 1920s and 1930s as a way of exploring how the introduction of aircraft influenced our images of polar exploration, polar environments, and polar heroes.  At the same time, I am interested in the material culture of polar exploration as evidence of intersecting Circumpolar and Western histories of technology and exploration. I am also developing a new research project looking at the history of the north as a militarised space. More broadly, I am interested in how the technologies we use to move through northern environments leave traces on our ideas about 'the north'.

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Contributions to Journals


  • Cronin, MH. 'Dog Sleds, Parkas, and Airplanes: Material Histories of Exploration'. Moving Worlds: An International Journal of Transcultural Writings.
  • Cronin, M. (2010). 'Polar horizons: images of the Arctic in accounts of Amundsen’s polar aviation expeditions'. Scientia Canadensis, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 99-120.
    [Online] DOI: 10.7202/1006152ar
  • Cronin, M. (2009). 'Fading Away: Technological Decline in Canadian Aviation'. Scientia Canadensis, vol 32, no. 2, pp. 1-20.
    [Online] DOI: 10.7202/038158ar
  • Cronin, M. (2007). 'Northern Visions: Aerial Surveying and the Canadian Mining Industry, 1919-1928'. Technology and Culture, vol 48, no. 2, pp. 303-330.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1353/tech.2007.0063

Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

  • Cronin, M. (2013). 'The Mapping of Antarctica. By Jakob Søndergård Pedersen and Philip Curtis. London: The Map House, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9571487-0-0. Pp. 164, illus. STG £45.00 (paper)'. Imago Mundi, vol 65, no. 2, pp. 309-310.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1080/03085694.2013.784632
  • Cronin, M. (2009). 'White Horizon: The Arctic in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagnation'. The Northern Review, vol 31, no. Fall, pp. 267-270.
    [Link] http://journals.sfu.ca/nr/index.php/nr/article/view/51/49

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Cronin, M. (in press). 'Shaped by the Land: Searching for the Ideal Plane'. in S Bocking & B Martin (eds), Perspectives on the Environmental History of Northern Canada. University of Calgary Press.
  • Cronin, M. (2013). 'The Landscape of Exploration: Renegotiating images of the Arctic in the age of polar exploration'. in D Jorgensen & S Sorlin (eds), Northscapes: History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments. UBC Press, Vancouver.

Contributions to Conferences


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