Other Everests is led by Dr Jonathan Westaway (UCLAN) and Dr Paul Gilchrist (University of Brighton)
Dr Jonathan Westaway is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He specialises in the history of mountaineering, mountain environments and imperial cultures of exploration. His research is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from cultural geography and anthropology and involves working in collaboration with archivists, curators, artists, festivals and communities. His recent research examines: British imperial leisure cultures, knowledge practices and mountain environments in India and Central Asia, c.1850-1947 and their representation in travel writing, photography and film; the colonial encounter with indigenous people and culture in the circumpolar Arctic and the circulation of artefacts, people and ideas around the North Atlantic world. He is currently writing a book for Manchester University Press entitled Worlds Made by Winter: A Journey into Arctic Orkney.
University of Central Lancashire profile
Dr Paul Gilchrist is a Principal Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Brighton, UK. He has published widely on the geographies of sport and leisure, particularly on the regulation of outdoors leisure space, addressing issues such as recreational access, property rights, and self-governance. His chief historical interest is the construction of gendered heroes and heroines in mountaineering, focusing on the role of the media in processes of celebrification and the determination of public value for climbing escapades. His current project is investigating the presence of celebrities on Everest. Paul's concurrent research is exploring the role of social media campaigns in lobbying for new or refurbished spaces for outdoor informal leisure, and the historical geographies of riverine riparian rituals and the performative cultures of property rights in the North-East of England.
University of Brighton profile
Academic Advisory Board
PROF ERIK KNUDSEN
Faculty Director of Research, Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries, University of Central Lancashire.
PROF GRAHAM DAWSON
Founder and former Director of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton.
PROF ALAN RICE
Director of the Centre for Migration, Diaspora and Exile, School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire.