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Mountains, Mobilities and Movement explores the moving qualities of mountains by utilising theories, ideas and processes which contribute to a larger understanding of these geological forms. In highlighting the fluid attributes of mountains the authors offer an alternative to the traditional approach of the sciences and the humanities, which address mountains as static geological or geographical features. The essays in this collection posit that movement impacts the relationship between society and mountains – travelling landscape objects, constructing design and artistic translations, climbing and experiencing changing atmospheres and the different ways of seeing from mountain peaks – and that physical, intellectual and spiritual motion is integral to their understanding. This innovative collection will be of great interest to scholars of geography, art, architecture, history, theology and philosophy.
Preface; Tim Ingold.- Introduction; Emily Goetsch and Christos Kakalis.- Part 1 Performativity.- Chapter One: Deep and Dark Play in the Alps: Daring Acts and their Retelling; Jonathan Pitches.- Chapter Two: In the Shadow of the Mountain: Tracing the Hesychast Inhabitation of Mount Athos; Christos Kakalis.- Chapter Three: Reading Mountains: Performative Visual Language in 10th century Northern Iberian Monastic Communities; Emily Goetsch.- Chapter Four: `Ecosophic Cartographies' of Mount Pentelicon; Maria Mitsoula.- Part 2 Changing Perspectives.- Chapter Five: Climbing the Invisible Mountain: The Apse Mosaics at St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai and their Sixth Century Viewers; Andrew Paterson.- Chapter Six: How can be a `Montagnard'? Social and Political Expressions of Modern Imaginaries of Territoriality; Bernard Debarbieux.- Chapter Seven: A Difficult Line. The Aesthetics of Mountain Climbing 1871 - Present; Anja-Karina Nydal.- Chapter Eight: Untimely Mountains / Entangled Matter; Kim W. Wilson.- Part 3 Mobility.- Chapter Nine: Mountains as a way of seeing: From Mount of Temptation to Mont Blanc; Veronica della Dora.- Chapter Ten: Representing the Landscape of the Sierra Nevada (Granada): A `Translated' Mountain of Reception of the 19th Century Alpine Geographical Imaginations; Carlos Cornejo-Nieto.- Chapter Eleven: `I Lift up My Eyes to the Hills...'; George Pattison.- Chapter Twelve: Mountains Run Mad: Picturesque Signatures in the Dolomites; William Bainbridge.
Chistos Kakalis is a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Newcastle, UK. His research explores the role of bodily perception in diverse architectural settings focusing on the significance of the atmosphere. Emily Goetsch teaches in History of Art and Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research examines early medieval manuscript traditions, with a focus on Iberia.