Introducing: Mountain research spotlights

In December 2022 we had the pleasure of hosting a much-anticipated workshop on ‘The mountain humanities: past, present, and future pathways’. This workshop brought together a dozen scholars working on mountains across a range of disciplines including archaeology, English literature, art history, and performance studies. One of the realisations we’ve come to over the course of our project on mountains in ancient literature (and beyond) is that right now mountains are receiving more attention from researchers in the humanities than ever before. Whilst the wider field of ‘mountain studies’ has been around for a long time, we’ve increasingly come to feel that there is also a call for ‘the mountain humanities’ as a space to discuss the unique understandings of mountains which can be produced when approaching mountains through history, culture, and art as well as through geological and social scientific approaches. Exploring precisely what this field might look like was one of the intentions of our December workshop.

Talking about mountains by the sea: our ‘official mountain humanities team photo’ (with thanks to Jonathan Pitches).

Our gathering was small, to enable deep discussions, and as such in no way represented the full range of people working on mountains in the humanities. Nevertheless, the gathering was emblematic of the quality and diversity of research currently being pursued in this nascent field. Over the coming weeks we will therefore be sharing ‘mountain research spotlights’ focussing on our workshop participants, including their thoughts on the mountain humanities and discussions of their work. We hope you’ll find them interesting!

Index to Published Spotlights:

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