Dr. Dianne Chisholm took attendees on a journey through Greenland, Iceland, northern Canada, northern Norway, and the Antarctic Peninsula in "Arctic Circlings." The presentation featured photographic meditations on "the Arctic" - what it is and what it is becoming and combined landscape photography and prose poetry. Dr. Chisholm spoke about the politics and aesthetics of the two mediums to highlight environmental sensibilities.
Her photographs inspired attendees to think about the Arctic (and the Antarctic) while portraying the beauty, diversity, and even seclusion of the landscape. Her memorable encounters with humans, wildlife, and the terrain leave a lasting impression on audience members while perhaps evoking curiosity about northern spaces. Some audience members reported feelings of the sublime while observing images of large glaciers, icebergs, and mountains. We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and are left with a new appreciation for the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes.
Dr. Chisholm is a Professor Emeritus of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She maintains a website with photographs from her presentation as well as "Travel Notes," a blog about her travels. To view her beautiful photographs, read poetry, and discover her blog, please visit diannechisholm.space
This presentation was part of a series of events put on by the Canadian Mountain Network as part of the 2017 Mountain Festival at the University of Alberta. The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is a voluntary alliance of partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world.
Stay tuned to this blog at internationalmountainday.ca/2017blog and check out a comprehensive list of associated events at the U of A and across Canada at internationalmountainday.ca/events.