Thinking Mountains 2012 Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference

The conference organizers wish to thank all the sponsors, all the wonderful plenary speakers, the session chairs and presenters, as well as all the attendees! You made Thinking Mountains 2012 a great success! The view from the summit was nothing short of inspiring, and we look forward to meeting again for May 2015. Until then, see you in the hills!

Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, University of Alberta
December 11-14, 2012
(December 14-16 - optional field trip to Jasper National Park)

About the conference

Thinking Mountains is the first event of its kind: an interdisciplinary conference that aims to promote dialogue about how mountains are understood physically, as ecosystems, in human history, and as part of world cultures. Mountain areas comprise about one-fifth of the world’s land surface area and provide direct life support for about 10 per cent of humankind. They act as indirect life support for another three billion people, and inspire recreational, artistic, and religious experiences.

Thinking Mountains is a meeting place for the best scholarship about mountains in the sciences, fine arts, social sciences and humanities to better understand mountain peoples, places, and activities.

Conference events include: keynote presentations by renowned scholars from across the disciplines, and papers on a wide variety of topics, showcasing recent research in this diverse and exciting field.

This conference is also an opportunity to meet established authors, professors, and other recognized experts in mountain studies, along with those who are making their own name in the field. Special events are scheduled for entertainment and to savour the unique mountain heritage of western Canada.

An updated Thinking Mountains 2012 program (PDF) is available to view. (Last updated December 5, 2012.)


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Robert Bateman, artist, naturalist, author
  • Dr. Julie Cruikshank, anthropologist, University of British Columbia
  • Sharon Wood, Nancy Hansen, Thirza Carpenter, and Dr. Dianne Chisholm - a special moderated conversation with Canadian women on climbing and mountaineering
  • Dr. Andrew Bush, climatologist, University of Alberta 
  • Dr David Hik, Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecology, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Ian Urquhart, political scientist, University of Alberta  

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