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Parenthèse (Tourisme): Off to the mountains!

Wednesday 7 March 18:30-20:30

Tous dans les Alpes!
As another winter season is currently underway in the Alps’ numerous resorts, this conference will explore the early years of tourism in the Alps, in order to understand how they became the mountainous space ‘par excellence’ in Europe.

From the early discovery of Chamonix by British travellers in 1741 to the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, and of course Mont Blanc’s first ascent in 1786, this talk will attempt to explain why these valleys played a crucial role in order to shape the Alps’ reputation during the Age of Enlightenment. This reputation then allowed the Alps to develop tourism infrastructures and welcome increasing numbers of visitors in the nineteenth century.

Originally from the French-Swiss border, Dr Jordan Girardin is an associate lecturer in modern history at the University of St Andrews, and lives in Edinburgh. His PhD thesis focused on early tourism in the French and Swiss Alps (1750s-1830s) and representations of this natural space in European mentalities (1750s-1830s).

Talk by Dr Jordan Girardin (University of St Andrews)
THU 7 March | 6.45pm
In English
Running time: 2 hours approx

Location: Lothian Chambers, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 RF
Advanced booking recommended at 0131 285 6030 or info ifecosse.org.uk

Institut Français Écosse 2018