Mountaineers as Writers: The Himalaya and Beyond

International conference

Basic Info

March 17, 2022 at 09:30 to March 18, 2022 at 18:30

On 17 and 18 March 2022, the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies at ZRC SAZU will host the online conference Mountaineers as Writers: The Himalaya and Beyond. Autobiographies of climbers in the Himalayaand, beyond them, writings of alpinists and the Alps of writerswill be discussed on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89804718698 (waiting room). The conference brochure includes a brief introduction, abstracts, the speakers bioblurbs and the following programme:

Thursday, 17 March 2022

09:30–09:40: Introduction

Jernej Habjan (ZRC SAZU): Mountaineers as Writers, Writers as Mountaineers

09:40–11:15: The Alps as a Style

Johann Georg Lughofer (U of Ljubljana): Alpine Clichés, Critiques, and Corona in German-Language Literature and Media

Sophia Mehrbrey (Saarland U): Poetics of Verticality in Alpine War Narratives

Marijan Dović (ZRC SAZU): Slovenian Mountains: The Birth of a Mythical Site from the Spirit of Poetry

11:30–13:30: The Alpine Style in the Himalaya I: The Basics

Marek Pacukiewicz (U of Silesia): Liminal Literature and the School of Vertical Promotion

Ewa Grzęda (U of Wrocław): A History of Polish Himalayan Literature

Peter Mikša (U of Ljubljana): Slovenian Routes and Books on Eight-Thousanders

15:00–17:00: The Alpine Style in the Himalaya II: Examples

Jernej Habjan (ZRC SAZU): Slovenian Mountaineering Literature: A Network

Alenka Koron (ZRC SAZU): Vertical Trials in Three Narrative Texts of Slovenian Mountaineering Literature

Przemysław Kaliszuk (Maria Curie-Skłodowska U): Tadeusz Piotrowski’s Account of the Polish–Yugoslav Expedition to Tirich Mir

Elżbieta Dutka (U of Silesia): The Four-handed Mountaineering Autobiography by Olga Morawska and Piotr Morawski

Friday, 18 March 2022

16:30–18:30: Recent Books in the Field, and Beyond (chair: Amrita Dhar [Ohio State U])

Julie Rak (U of Alberta): On Ang Tharkay’s Sherpa and Nimsdai Purja’s Beyond Possible

Harald Höbusch (U of Kentucky): Beyond the Mountain of Destiny: In the Face of TragedyNanga Parbat and National Socialist Radio

Martina Kopf (U of Mainz): What the Mountain Taught Me This August: René Daumal’s (Meta)physical Alpinism

Delphine Moraldo (ENS Lyon): The Spirit of Mountaineering: Towards a Sociology of Excellence

The conference has been funded by the Slovenian Research Agency in the framework of the research project Mountaineering Literature: Slovenia and Beyond (J6-1808), which has been hosted by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Photo: Viki Grošelj.
Photo: Viki Grošelj.