Mountains and Motherhood

Half-day Network Workshop: Women’s Bodies

20 January 2022, 1-4pm

Where: Online

Booking details: register for free through eventbrite

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 be a two-part event, featuring Helen Mort in conversation with Kerri Andrews, followed by a roundtable of experts and audience Q&A.

Part 1: Poet, novelist and climber Helen Mort in conversation with writer and WITH co-investigator Kerri Andrews about mothering, mountains, and adventuring.

Part 2: Helen Mort joins novelist Sarah Moss, mountain running guide (and running-writer, WITH Advisory Team member and project partner) Keri Wallace, artist and choreographer Simone Kenyon, and academic and expert in risk in sport Amanda West in a roundtable discussion about how motherhood shapes women’s engagements with mountains and mountaineering. 

There will be opportunities for audience Q & A at the end of both parts.