Veronica Della Dora - Mountain - Nature and Culture
In this compelling journey through peaks both real and imaginary, Veronica Della Dora, explores how the history of mountains is deeply interlaced with cultural values and aesthetic tastes, with religious beliefs and scientific practices.
About 'Mountain - Nature and Culture':
In Mountain - Nature and Culture Veronica Della Dora, Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, explores the way mountains have functioned spiritually as a boundary between life and death, a bridge between the earth and the heavens.
Interlacing science, culture and religion, Della Dora cleverly sketches the mountain as a geological phenomenon, which has profoundly influenced and been influenced by the human imagination, shaping our environmental consciousness and helping us understand our place in the world. She also explores the significance of mountains as objects of human feats, as prizes of adventure and sport, and as places of serene beauty for vacationers.
Majestic and awe-inspiring, there is nothing like the sight of a mountain looming on the horizon. Throughout all of human history mountains have been linked to the eternal, attracting us to their dizzying heights, stunning us with their natural beauty, and often threatening us with their dangers.
Review of Mountain - Nature and Culture
‘Mountain traverses centuries and continents, sacred peaks and summit observatories, in a deeply original cultural history of mountains. Every mountain lover will want to find a place for Veronica della Dora alongside Simon Schama or Robert Macfarlane on their bookshelf or in their daypack.’ – Peter H. Hansen, author of The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment
About the event:
In this intimate event, Veronica Della Dora joins us to share her compelling journey to both real and imaginary peaks and to explore how the mountain has figured in our history, culture, and imaginations.
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