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SYMPOSIUM OF MOUNTAIN STUDIES

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Chair:Fausto O. Sarmiento
Co-chair: Alexey Gunya

Description
From the perspective of geography, mountain systems are the intrinsic archetype to understand space and place with the predicament of the third dimension. The mountainscape is also the metageographical cognitive frontier of ancestral, historical and modern societies that have delved notions of national identity, regional specificities and global provision of ecosystem services, including food hubs, art nodes and the domestication of wild products, and other nature benefits to people for societal wellbeing. As mountains are conceived as socio-ecological production landscapes, their dynamic and complex presses and pulses exert both permanent and ephemeral influences on the outcome of sustainability scenarios through different drivers. Therefore, adaptation and resilience to global environmental change is better understood with insights from montology. As a crosscutting theme, we are offering montologists the forum to discuss new ways of looking at the transdisciplinary science of mountain studies in its different forms with distinct emphases. Whether the geomorphology of edifices or the nuanced terminology of physical features, or the contested realities of the political ecology of mountaineers, or the reliance on extractive economies for the developing world, a better epistemology of mountains is expected from the contributions presented in this Commission. Many geographers will be expected to reflect from traditional methods of mountain geography on the implications of geoscience for a sustainable future. Many more will likely find explanations of the critical biogeography of mountains linked to the human imprint that has been passed as biocultural heritage into the present communities. Even more will be exposed to the needs of changing paradigms, curving orthodox hegemonic views of geography towards new decolonial scholarship sponsored by the contentions interpretations about mountains from indigenous perspectives and different religious denominations and economic affiliations. In sum, our Commission is happy to receive submissions for presentations dealing with any topic related to mountain studies.

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