International Mountain Studies Symposium open call for Participants

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 HistorianJon 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.

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


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

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

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

Dec. 19, 2018
By Ellen Gwin Burnette

A long distance view of mountains. Photo by Marie Freeman.
Published: Dec 19, 2018 2:31pm