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Che cosa è stato l’Illuminismo: rivoluzione della mente o rivoluzione culturale dell’Antico Regime?

Vincenzo Ferrone
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, international studies in historiography gave way to a strong process of critical reassessment. In the same way, the historiography of Enlightenment is currently undergoing a rapid and decisive transformation similar to that which occurred in the West after World War II. The Anglo-Saxon world is certainly at the forefront of this process and even, it seems, guides its destiny: especially the US, where the monumental works...

La dialettica dell’Illuminismo prima di Horkheimer e Adorno. Aspetti del processo ai Lumi nel Novecento

Carlo Borghero
Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialektik der Aufklärung is one of the much-discussed books about Enlightenment of the 20th century, but the ground in which it has its origins is not yet satisfactorily investigated in all its different aspects. This essay tries to fill this gap showing how the debate of the first decades of the Nineteenth century is at the origin of Horkheimer and Adorno’s spiritual categories and especially of their wide interpretation of Aufklärung, which...

Géographies de la nuit / Geographies of the night / Geografie della notte

Luc Gwiazdzinski, Marco Maggioli & Will Straw
Geographies of the night. This intervention invites us to explore “geographies of the night” at multiple levels, in different contexts and through different approaches. If this project seeks to map out the geographies of a particular astronomical moment in the 24-hour cycle, it also aims to reflect on the emergence of a specific branch of the discipline, one with its own concepts, methods and tools. This is both a reflection “on” the night, “with” and...

Géographies de la nuit / Geographies of the night / Geografie della notte

Luc Gwiazdzinski, Marco Maggioli & Will Straw
Bollettino della Società Geografica Italiana, Series 14 Vol 1 No 2 (2018)

Quand la nuit vient à être plus riche que le jour. Pierre Deffontaines et la lutte contre le rythme nycthéméral

Antoine Huerta
Among many unknown texts of the French geographer Pierre Deffontaines, the Introduction to a geography of sleep and night is interesting for two reasons: it is one of the last articles he publishes (1966) and he represents not only his conceptions of geography, but also the direction he wanted to give it to. This text should be considered in its context of production; it would be a condition to understand this geography of the night...

La nuit chez les Inuit canadiens du haut Arctique : une nuit véritable, mais en trompe-l’œil

Guy Bordin
For many observers, night in high latitudes can be summed up schematically as the seasonal astronomical phenomenon called “arctic night” and its spectacular alternation with its counterpoint, the so-called “midnight sun”. But what about the day-to-day night of people living in these regions? What are the relations they establish between the seasonal “dark-light” cycles and the circadian “night-day” cycles? In this article, we will see how the northern Inuit in the eastern Canadian Arctic combine...

La représentation de la Nuit dans l’Antiquité grecque : fondements, spécificités, significations

Clara Granger
The representations and evocations of the night, as a luminary and a divinity, seem to be codified, at least systematized in Greek art. The Night, Nyx, is a goddess which is mostly depicted in opposition to other personifications, such as the Sun or the Moon. The reasons must be search both in iconography and mythology. Moreover, the representations of the Night and the figures opposed to her (but at the same time complementary) are symbolic...

Geografie letterarie del notturno: qualità degli spazi del buio in alcuni esempi di narrativa italiana del secondo Novecento

Davide Papotti & Marcello Tanca
The geographical approach to the interdisciplinary field of Night Studies cannot ignore the perspectives offered by literary geographies. The cultural images of the night and the influences that darkness has on the perception of spaces, in fact, are mirrored in the important repertories provided by literature. The essay aims at offering an overview of typologies of representations of literary nocturnal environments, trying to sketch a possible classification of the “literary geographies of the night”. In...

L’hybridation cinématographique des jugements dans les géographies de la nuit

Sylvain Louet
In films, the night transforms the landscapes, upsets our perception and entails a hybridization of the represented worlds. The night reveals a composite material. The frequent characteristics of these latter explain why the fictions develop an imagination of the nocturnal geography and allow to explore some of their common attributes. The night becomes an idea-shape of movies. These explore a specific question and a tension: Is the hybridity a matter of a singular universe, ontologically...

Au cœur de la face cachée de la ville : observer, comprendre et penser la nuit

Nicolas Chausson
Over the past two decades, the urban night has been coveted to promote economic and social opportunities. However, nights are too often analyzed through a prism of conflicts and regulation of conflicts. Subsequently, nights are seldom approached as a true dimension of our cities. However, the urban night provides a wealth of knowledge to those who are interested in the urban fact. Following day time, it actually presents another feature of our cities. Referring to...

Ambivalence et complexité des nuits urbaines contemporaines : le cas de Bordeaux

Cécilia Comelli
This article focuses on the night-time in Bordeaux, as a complex and ambivalent space-time. The urban night is a space-time no less complex than the daytime, as we will see with the example of the city of Bordeaux. Indeed, this space-time, according to the actors, may be attractive, denied or more normative than night owls could not or would not like to believe (Cauquelin 1977). The policies of requalification and revitalisation that has been running...

Nuit sur حاج فاتح (Haj Fateh) : à la découverte de territoires psychiques méconnus de l’occident

Elise Defrasne Ait-Said
It is at nightfall that the metamorphosis of the Haj Fateh working-class district in Casablanca takes place. The author recounts the succession of events that take place there, in their most lively and positive aspects, sometimes also disconcerting. The characteristics of this neighbourhood urban planning seem to be perfectly combined with the movements of human nightlife. The interpretation of certain behaviours is approached in the light of beliefs and representations specific to Islamic culture. This...

Urban Planning Stakeholders on Nocturnal Lighting in the City of Montreal

Sylvain Bertin & Sylvain Paquette
Lighting has become an important tool for cities as they compete to market their territories. The evolution of lighting strategies responds to a progressive change in the way professionals engage with the design aspect of nocturnal urban spaces. But, what are the main objectives behind these new approaches and interventions? How do stakeholders consider night-time and how do their representations structure the urban landscape? In order to better understand the organization of the city at...

La notte di Milano: problemi e opportunità in una fase di rigenerazione urbana

Simone Gamba
Milan is experiencing a period of intense urban renewal affecting nightlife as never before. In this transformation process changes occur both in central and peripheral areas, due to a notable proliferation of events, diffusion of social media and new technologies for mobility in a general framework of festivalization and dayfication of the night. This paper aims to investigate the ongoing co-evolution of the Milanese neighborhoods, their nightlife and some related issues such as: noise thresholds,...

L’escursionismo e il valore aggiunto della notte

Laura Stanganini
In the growing interest, also commercial, for experiential tourism, a niche of night hiking proposals has emerged: trekking, tours of the historical centers and guided natural trails, in which precisely the night represents the new frontier to be explored. At the beginning this phenomenon was linked, for obvious reasons, to the observations of amateurs and astronomers, fleeing from urban areas in search of places free from light pollution. Recently instead, the interest in a new...

Rischi di segregazione temporale nella città poliritmica: il caso della mobilità notturna delle donne tra nuove esigenze di spostamento e percezione della sicurezza

Chiara Vitrano, Monica Ferrario & Matteo Colleoni
In the contemporary city, access to urban opportunities requires the possession, by the social actor, of more resources useful to manage the de-synchronization of social times. The capacity to be mobile and to access urban opportunities is hindered by the necessity to perform less predictable, multidirectional and 24/7 mobilities. In particular, the process of colonization of time, which brings to the progressive extension of working activities in the night, generates a potential risk of temporal...

Les nuits, poumons de l’agglomeration d’Antananarivo

Rindra Raharinjanahary & Sébastien Rajoelina
The Antananarivo agglomeration lives daytime mostly from nocturnal activities closed to its sourcing from rural and periurban trade collectors, also by retailers coming from the other regions of Madagascar for stocking up into markets on major city all day long and travelling nightly. Those nocturnal activities use small and standard vehicles to carry products and actors changing nearby markets and roadway stations in meeting points of trade collectors and welcoming spaces. They insure minimum of...

Consumando spazi centrali e notti urbane: micro-geografie dei giovani a Barcellona e a Napoli

Libera D’Alessandro & Sergi Martinez-Rigol
Developing previous research carried out on retail and consumption geographies of young people in Barcelona and Naples, we will focus on the importance assumed, in the production of the city center, by youth consumption of products, spaces and times (of night and weekend). An in-depht analysis will focus on the role of these urban actors in creating, changing, negotiating and contesting, often in conflict with other actors, the nightscapes of retail and consumption. The transformation...

Introduction à une géographie de la nuit illégale, libre et festive : analyse des mouvements free party et sound system

Alexandre Grondeau & Gwenaëlle Dourthe
The present article proposes to explore and analyze, from the geographer’s point of view, the illegal, festive and freedom dimensions of the night through the study of free party and sound system movements. These two “counter-cultural” movements appeared in Europe in the early 1990s for the first, and in the 1940s in Jamaica for the second, before spreading throughout the world. They share ephemeral and regular territories where a large part of the major rules...

The nightlife spaces: the case of bush bars in Abuja

Nicoletta Varani & Enrico Bernardini
Night time has been constantly neglected in the field of urban studies. Most of the literature in the fields of Urban Geography and Sociology has examined the daytime temporal space, neglecting the nocturnal dynamics. In fact, for only about a decade, geographical works in the sphere of night studies have taken place. This contribution, starting from the reflections of Lefebvre (1991) who claimed that specific activities took place and still take place only at night,...

More day in the night? The gentrification of London’s night-time through clubbing

Alessio Kolioulis
Since the 1990s, dance cultures played a key role in revitalizing post-industrial cities. As recent research indicates a correlation between the closure of music venues and gentrification processes, few studies explore how nightclubs are a central part of urban regeneration. The proposed article uses a governmentality framework to assess London’s 24-hour City Vision and the business model of a new mega-club, Printworks, funded by estate giant British Land, arguing that London’s attempt to ‘save nightlife’...

Nightlife Neighborhood Conflicts in Zurich. Innovative Practice of Governance involving Night Ambassadors

Alessia Cibin
The paper explores the role of night ambassadors in policy-making and their interaction with local authorities in the governance of the night-time economy. The study proposes an analytical framework based on Zurich as a case study, where policy measures have been adopted to address the conflict situation in Langstrasse nightlife district. In Zurich, the night ambassadors, the Bar and Club Commission and the Night City Council, as policy-making actors, share with the City Administration resources...

Vie nocturne animée : moteur ou frein à la gentrification ? Conflit d’usage et enjeux contradictoires dans le quartier de la Magione à Palerme

Hélène Jeanmougin
This article, based on two field surveys conducted in 2014 and 2018, proposes to explore the socio-spatials issues linked to the nightlife of the Magione neighborhood, whose gentrification is linked to the arrival of new « citadins-citoyens » inhabitants (Cattedra, Menoli 2000), the idea of a reconquest of a lost territory, and the sharing of moral standards and of good practices respecting the patrimonial «common good». In this neighbourhood, we observe conflicts linked to uses...

La gouvernance de la vie nocturne au prisme du territoire : une approche exploratoire des conseils de la nuit à Paris et à Nantes

Michael Spanu & Yacine Mokhnachi
Nightlife challenges the development and organization of urban spaces and requires new modes of regulation. Simultaneously, the notion of governance helps understand the evolution of public policies in regard to locality, horizontality and participation. The combination of nightlife and governance reshapes the traditional geography of public policies regarding night time, as attested by the fact that several models of nightlife governance are currently being tested across Europe. In this article, we focus on two nightlife...

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