All Events

Please see below for a list of events organised as part of the Women In The Hills research network. Please click on each event for more information. 

May 2020 (date tbc)

John Muir Day, in partnership with the John Muir Trust

Where: Edale; University of Manchester

Booking details: coming soon

Brief description:

Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 June 2020

‘The Lost Voices’ Nature-Writing Festival and Women in the Hills network launch

Where: Newcastle University

IT IS WITH DEEPEST REGRET THAT WE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO CANCEL THE LOST VOICES FESTIVAL, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE THE FESTIVAL IN 2021.

Brief description: 

Nature Writing has never been so urgent. Writings about landscape, animals and climate interrogate how humans interact with the natural world, and influence our behaviour. But since its emergence as a genre in the late eighteenth century, nature-writing has arguably been dominated by the voice of the ‘lone, enraptured male’. 

The Lost Voices festival will restore prominence to individuals and groups whose representations of the natural world have been over-shadowed by those of the white middle-class male tourist. Through readings, panel discussions, workshops, and lectures, The Lost Voices festival will amplify the voices of women writers, working-class writers, BAME writers; writers about illness, disability, childhood, sexuality and gender; and writers unveiling the historical and contemporary politics of nature-writing. The festival will also launch a new AHRC network, ‘Women In The Hills’, whose events through 2020 and 2021 will explore the factors that hinder and improve women’s access to wild environments. 

The festival includes: lectures by Helen Mort and Rose George; session curated by the Nan Shepherd Prize, featuring 3 short-listed authors, (prize winner Nina Mingya Powles, and short-listed writers JC Niala, and Elspeth Wilson); children’s workshop by Piers Torday (The Last Wild trilogy); and panels and readings featuring, among others, Jessica J. Lee (editor of The Willowherb Review), Ed Douglas (Kinder Scout: The People’s Mountain (2018)), Amanda Thomson (A Scots Dictionary of Nature (2018)), Tim Jackson (Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity), Anita Kerwin-Nye (Director of Engagement, YHA), Lisa Woollett (Rag and Bone, forthcoming), Kerri ní Dochartaigh (The Storm Boy, forthcoming), Richard Smyth (A Sweet Wild Note (2017)), Polly Atkin (Basic Nest Architecture (2017)), Samantha Walton (Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of a Nature Cure, forthcoming), and Zakiya McKenzie (Writer-in-Residence, Forestry Commission). 

Friday 18 September 2020

One-day Network Workshop: Women’s Bodies

Where: Newcastle University

Booking details: coming soon

Brief description: 

The Women In The Hills network’s discussions and explorations of women’s experiences of running, hiking and climbing in UK hills will be structured around three focal categories, each the subject of a one-day workshop: (a) women’s bodies, (b) women’s social circumstances, and (c) woman as recipients and makers of decisions about land. These three categories will provide a framework for investigating how sex (physiology) and gendered social structures might intersect with social class, ethnicity, dis/ability and impairment, sexuality, gender identity, and religion, to shape women’s experiences and representations of land use.

This first workshop will draw on the expertise of project partners Pelvic Roar and Girls on Hills trail running, and bring together athletes, physiotherapists, activists, and historians and designers of clothing, among others, to investigate how female physiology – and the social treatment of that physiology, via medical care and clothing (for example) – shapes women’s engagements with upland territories during the activities of walking, climbing and running. 

January 2021 (date tbc)

One-day Network Workshop: Women’s Lives

Where: University of Manchester

Booking details: coming soon

Brief description: 

The Women In The Hills network’s discussions and explorations of women’s experiences of running, hiking and climbing in UK hills will be structured around three focal categories, each the subject of a one-day workshop: (a) women’s bodies, (b) women’s social circumstances, and (c) woman as recipients and makers of decisions about land. These three categories will provide a framework for investigating how sex (physiology) and gendered social structures might intersect with social class, ethnicity, dis/ability and impairment, sexuality, gender identity, and religion, to shape women’s experiences and representations of land use.

This second workshop will bring together data and policy analysts, activists, charity representatives, creative practitioners, outdoor industries experts, and leisure providers, among others, to discuss how characteristics of women’s lives and social roles shape their experiences of access to outdoor leisure. 

April 2021 (date tbc)

One-day Network Workshop: Women in the Landscape

Where: Pitlochry

Booking details: coming soon

Brief description:

The Women In The Hills network’s discussions and explorations of women’s experiences of running, hiking and climbing in UK hills will be structured around three focal categories, each the subject of a one-day workshop: (a) women’s bodies, (b) women’s social circumstances, and (c) woman as recipients and makers of decisions about land. These three categories will provide a framework for investigating how sex (physiology) and gendered social structures might intersect with social class, ethnicity, dis/ability and impairment, sexuality, gender identity, and religion, to shape women’s experiences and representations of land use.

This third network will draw on the expertise of project partner John Muir Trust to explore how decisions about the management of the built and natural environment impact on women’s experiences as land-users. It will also bring together climate scientists, creative practitioners, campaign groups, conversation groups and advisors (and more) to discuss women’s approaches and requirements regarding the management of upland landscapes.

July 2021 (date tbc)

Residential field weekend

Where: location tbc

Booking details: invitation only

Brief description: 

This field weekend will combine workshops and sessions in navigation, running and hiking, care for the self and body, and creative practice, to explore the factors that hinder and promote access to UK hills for vulnerable women; the benefits of such access; and encourage creative responses to such experiences.

September 2021 (date tbc)

Two-day network conference

Where: location tbc

Booking details: coming soon

Brief description:

The network will culminate in a two-day conference in which invited and open-call participants will share discussions and findings generated throughout the network, and contribute further research, in order to forge a holistic, multi-disciplinary, cross-sector exploration of women’s participation in, and representation of, upland recreation.