Mont-Aiguille: how history shapes the territory

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The 2022 educational project carried out by the Master's History – Applied History course – of the University of Grenoble Alpes takes place in the town of Chichilianne, in Trièves, in connection with the experimental history research project Carmo – Armed Corps in the Mountains , supported by Labex ITTEM.

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Students engaged in reading landscapes in situ and interviewing Éric Vallier, mayor of Chichilianne

Through the theme Territory, history and identities, the project consists of returning to the events of the commemoration of the 530th anniversary of the ascent of Mont Aiguille, in order to understand how a historical event can shape a territory and the perception by its inhabitants of his or her identities.

By returning to the investment (or not!) of residents in the “Mont Aiguille Year 1492” project, thanks to field surveys with elected officials, associations, craftsmen, operators, enthusiasts, etc., the students document and analyze the capacity of transformation of a mountain territory by this type of event, and its inclusion or not in the broader changes, as much economic, social as cultural, of a region marked by sport, tourism and the return of the wolf.

A round table will be gathered around the former mayor of Chichilianne, Yann Souriau, the climber Bernard Angelin and the head of the Trièves Museum, Frédéric Dumollard.

Documentary filmmaker Ludovic Veltz, who came from Paris to present his next film on Mont-Aiguille, will attempt to climb Mont Aiguille by ladder using virtual reality headsets.

The students will produce files, with transcriptions of interviews carried out with the inhabitants of Chichilianne. Some will work on creating a Serious Game on the 1492 ascent.

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