BOONE, N.C. — Mountain studies scholars from across the globe will visit Appalachian State University’s campus in March as part of Appalachian’s one-day International Mountain Studies Symposium. The scholars will collaborate with faculty, staff and students on comparative mountain studies between the Appalachian Mountains and other mountain regions around the world.
This day of academic exchange will be supported by two additional days of contact with students, faculty, campus leaders and community partners of the Center for Appalachian Studies and the university’s academic program in Appalachian studies. These interactions will acquaint the international mountain studies visitors with campus assets, community organizations, Western North Carolina mountain cultures and the mountain landscape of the Greater Boone area.
Of the visiting scholars, three will be keynote speakers at the symposium:
- Historian Dr. Jon Mathieu, professor emeritus at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland.
- Geographer Dr. Gilles Rudaz, lecturer and associate researcher in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
- Dr. Dawn Hollis, a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow and dissertations coordinator in the School of Classics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Mathieu was the founding director of the Institute of the History of the Alps at the University of Ticino (2000–05). He has held positions in academic institutions such as the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (member of Swiss committee) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (member of the Research Council).
His latest single-authored books on mountain regions that are available in English are “The Third Dimension: A Comparative History of Mountains in the Modern Era” (Cambridge: The White Horse Press, 2011) and “The Alps: An Environmental History” (Oxford: Polity Press, 2019).
Rudaz’s research focuses on the social, cultural and political construction of mountains, and he examines the processes of how societies conceive mountain areas, environments and societies.
He is the co-author of “The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present” (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and has worked in various mountain regions of the world.
Hollis currently works with Dr. Jason König — professor of Greek, impact officer, equality and diversity co-chair, and head of the University of St. Andrews’ School of Classics — on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project “Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception,” with a focus on the writings of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century travelers to the classical world. The project considers the numerous influences upon travelers’ reactions to mountain sites of ancient and contemporary significance.
Her doctoral thesis, “Re-thinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics and Environment in Early Modern Europe,” established a new understanding of how mountains were viewed before the Enlightenment.
All presentations will be located in Appalachian’s Plemmons Student Union, with each being free and open to the campus and Boone communities.
This event is supported by the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies, as well as the academic program in Appalachian studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Education and Development.
For more information about the symposium, including the full list of speakers, click here and/or contact Dr. Katherine E. Ledford, associate professor of Appalachian studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kickoff lecture of the International Mountain Studies Symposium
A keynote address of the International Mountain Studies Symposium
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About the Center for Appalachian Studies
The Center for Appalachian Studies promotes public programs, community collaboration, civic engagement and scholarship on the Appalachian region. The center is committed to building healthy communities and deepening knowledge of Appalachia’s past, present and future through community-based research and engagement. Learn more at https://appcenter.appstate.edu.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.