Thinking Mountains 2018 CFP

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CFP: Thinking Mountains 2018




Thinking Mountains is a triennial interdisciplinary mountain studies summit that promotes dialogue about mountain places, peoples, and activities around the world. It is an international meeting place for the best scholarship on mountains from the social sciences, arts and humanities, natural sciences, and other communities of practice. To be held in the heart of Banff National Park from October 2–5, Thinking Mountains 2018 invites researchers from all disciplines, as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, the private sector, and NGOs.

Conference events include keynote addresses by renowned experts from across the disciplines, and paper presentations on a wide variety of topics showcasing diverse and exciting research. Thinking Mountains 2018 will provide opportunities to meet established authors, researchers, and experts in mountain studies, along with those who are new to the field. Special events and field trips will be scheduled for entertainment and to learn about the unique mountain landscape of Banff, and the Canadian Rockies generally.

The organizing committee invites submissions for Sessions, Papers, and Posters. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: regional studies; past environments and/or peoples; cultural studies and history; literature and the aesthetic arts; experiential education and pedagogy; tourism, recreation, parks and protected areas; geomorphology, glaciology, atmospheric science; the science and medicine of altitude; mountain ecologies, biological diversity, flora and fauna.

If your session proposal is accepted, you will be notified in late January 2018. If your paper or poster is accepted for presentation, you will be notified in early April 2018. Online registration will available from late April onwards. Everyone attending the conference must complete the registration process.

General Guidelines for Submissions:


Session format is flexible, but the standard format will be 1.5-hours long and take the form of paper presentations. Roundtable or panel discussions are also encouraged. Sessions should have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 presenters, plus a moderator/chair. To propose a session, please send your session title, a brief description (150 words) of the session, the names and contact information of presenters, the titles of their papers with abstracts, along with your contact information and a brief biographical note about yourself to

Deadline for session proposals:  Friday, January 12, 2018


Individual papers will be sorted into 1.5-hour sessions by the organizing committee. Paper presentations will be no longer than 20 minutes. To propose an individual paper, please send the paper’s title, an abstract of 150 words, contact information, and a brief biographical note about yourself to

Deadline for paper proposals:  Friday, February 23, 2018


We welcome submissions for our poster session. Posters will be on display in a publically accessible space for the duration of the summit, and there will be a designated 1.5-hour poster session where authors can present their posters. To propose a poster, please send the poster’s title, an abstract of 150 words, contact information, and a brief biographical note about yourself to

Deadline for poster proposals:  Friday, February 23, 2018

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