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Changing communities in mountain areas between certainties and uncertainties 
Tobias Boos (Free University Bolzano-Bozen)
Roberta Clara Zanini (University of Turin)
Pier Paolo Viazzo (Università di Torino)
Daniela Salvucci (Free University of Bolzano-Bozen)
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Pier Paolo Viazzo (Università di Torino)
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

We invite presentations on everyday practices of coping with change and uncertainty enacted by people of mountain communities, in Europe and worldwide. We welcome especially empirical studies, but also theoretical, epistemological, comparative, and transdisciplinary reflections.

Long Abstract:

"Change" has been one of the main topics in the study of communities in mountain areas, at least since the 1970s. It has often been understood in relation to modernization, as a linear and irreversible socioeconomical process, leading both to development, from peasant to farming and tourist managers' communities, for instance, as well as to local decline, abandon, and depopulation. Nevertheless, ethnographic and demographic investigations conducted in Europe in the past few decades have revealed contradictions and variability in change-dynamics, highlighting the impact of recent migration flows, the role of new inhabitants, and the many forms of negotiation on how living together, including different visions and even conflicts on practices of resource management, sustainability, and heritage. Outside Europe, researchers have underlined the emergence of new political, cultural, and ecological awareness of mountain areas' indigenous people fighting against the environmental exploitation of their territories. All these communities are by no means bounded and isolated entities, but connected at regional, national, and global level. In our current times, marked by multi-crises in politics, global economy and above all climate change these changing communities are facing multiform uncertainties, while sharing at the same time the certainty of permanent and various risks.

This panel calls for presentations on everyday practices of coping with, resisting, adapting to, interpreting, and framing change and transformation in mountain communities, in Europe and worldwide. It focuses on empirical studies, but also welcomes theoretical and epistemological reflections, within sociocultural sciences and humanities, in comparative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -