Call for Articles: History of the Alps

1. August 2024
Call for papers

The publishing house Routledge will produce a comprehensive Handbook of the History of the Alps by 2026. With this call for chapter proposals we would like to invite you to participate in this endeavour. The handbook is edited by Jon Mathieu and Luigi Lorenzetti and supported by the Laboratorio di Storia delle Alpi at the Università della Svizzera italiana and the International Society for Alpine History. It will include approximately thirty chapters of 5000-6000 words each (30-38'000 characters). The Handbook is divided into four major epochs and becomes increasingly detailed as we move closer to the present. There are still a series of open topics, particularly in the contemporary period, for which we are looking for authors with this open call.

  • Chapter for the period between the 12 and 18/19th century ("Evolving mountain landscapes"):
    • Religion and Politics in the alpine area.
  • Chapter for the period between the 18th century and ca. 1970 ("Paths of modernisation"):
    • The Alps in literature and arts.
  • Chapters the period from ca. 1970 to present ("Contemporary tendencies"):
    • Urbanisation in and around the Alps;
    • Energy discussions and solutions;
    • Diversification of sports in the alpine area.

Within this contemporary period, you can also propose new topics for a tendency that you find particulary interesting.


The exact definition and content of the individual chapters are negotiated with the editors. If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please send a proposal together with a short CV by August 1, 2024 at the latest to: and/or


Organised by
Jon Mathieu and Luigi Lorenzetti
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