mountain rangeLast chance to submit your paper for the Global Mountains Conference at the University of Cambridge, which takes place this summer and aims to bring together conceptions of mountains as both subjects of inquiry and the settings of unique human and beyond-human stories across Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Key themes to be addressed during the conference include the importance of verticality in the history of scientific practice, the reciprocal effects of mountain environments and human cultures, and the roles of mountains as borderlands between states and empires (and thus as spaces that complicate national and regional boundaries). 

The conference will focus on uplands in contexts that transcend traditional area studies units, paying particular attention to issues of scale and exploring how high places became, and continue to be, units of long-distance theorisation and comparison. It aims to historicise and specify the means by which mountain spaces have been perceived and acted upon in ways that render them distinct from lowland settings. It will also investigate how social sciences and humanities might develop ways of ‘thinking like a mountain,’ generating models and modes of expression that place uplands at their heart rather than conceiving of them as aberrations from norms derived from plains and oceans.

Discussions during the conference will center around the following thematic sessions:
  • Mountain Environments
  • Mountain Societies
  • Mountain Imaginaries
  • Mountain Sciences
  • Mountain Politics
This two-day conference will take place at the University of Cambridge, UK, 5-6 July 2018.

Submissions are welcome from scholars working on mountains in any related discipline. Please send an abstract (300 words or less) and a current CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All speakers will be asked to submit their papers for pre-circulation in advance of the event in order to facilitate in-depth discussion, and with a view to publication.

The submission deadline is 15 January 2018.

To find out more, please visit the University of Cambridge website. 

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