International Mountain Studies Symposium - Open Call for Participation

A call for academic papers, presentations and creative endeavors related to the Appalachian Mountains and/or any other mountains around the world is open with a deadline for proposals of January 28, 2019. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty or staff members are invited to propose group sessions or individual presentations from any academic discipline focusing on mountains. Faculty, students and staff with experience participating in study abroad in mountain areas are encouraged to submit proposals sharing perspectives on those experiences, too.

This event is supported by the Center for Appalachian Studies,  the academic program in Appalachian Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian. 

For questions, please contact Katherine E. Ledford, PhD, Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies at

More about this event:

Appalachian State University will bring together three influential, international academics in mountain studies as keynote speakers and twelve international mountain studies scholars as core presenters to engage with students, faculty and the community at Appalachian for a one day International Mountain Studies Symposium on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

This symposium will bring mountain studies scholars from around the globe to present their research alongside members of our campus community—advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff—focusing our campus’s attention on comparative mountain studies between the Appalachian Mountains and other mountain regions around the world. All presentations will be located in the Plemmons Student Union (fourth floor) on the campus of Appalachian State University. Each presentation will be free and open to our campus and community.

The three keynote speakers will be Historian Jon Mathieu, professor emeritus from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland; Geographer Gilles Rudaz, lecturer and associate researcher in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Professor V. Ralph Clark, Director of the Afromontane Research Unit and a professor at the QwaQwa Campus of the University of the Free State, South Africa.



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