Rur02
Tracking changes in the mountains: imaginaries, mobilities, narratives

Convenors:
Andrea Boscoboinik (University of Fribourg)
Maria Montserrat Soronellas Masdeu (Rovira i Virgili University)
Viviane Cretton Mballow (University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland)
Stream:
Rural
Location:
Aula 9
Start time:
16 April, 2019 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel aims to track the rapid changes in mountain areas. These are visible through built infrastructures, landscapes, and land-uses. However, this panel wishes to focus on a less visible change: new forms of social and cultural Otherness that nowadays recompose the mountain population.

Long abstract:

The rapid changes in mountain areas are visible through built infrastructures, landscapes, and land-uses. However, this panel wishes to focus on a less visible change: new forms of social and cultural Otherness that nowadays recompose the mountain population. Mobilities and new ways of living in the mountain regions can be considered a phenomenon of international concern, closely intertwined with economic globalisation and neoliberal practices. The panel aims to explore the different expressions of this worldwide tendency through individual experiences, narratives and imaginaries about living in the mountains. We invite authors to present their empirical data focusing on mountainous space as an idealised place, or not, for living. The focus will be on individuals or families that settle either temporary or permanently in the mountains. Theoretical frames like lifestyle migration, amenity-led migration and multilocality have been developed to understand new forms of migration and dwelling, that take particularly into account perceptions of environmental quality and the valorisation of non-urban areas in terms of individuals' lifestyle choice. This panel wish to consider other forms of migration and mobilities as well, revealing choices and identities that constitute life paths. The panel's purpose is to foster stimulating talks that relate specific aspects of tracking gentrification, touristification and urbanisation processes in mountain areas. How are they related to representations and fantasies of mountain environment and villages? Which are the outcomes of these new mobility experiences for both newcomers and locals, for environment, land and socio-economical issues?