Academic book – International Conference on Night Studies


The eBook related to the International Conference on Night Studies is now deposited at the National Library of Portugal: GARCIA-RUIZ, M., NOFRE, J (eds), (2020) ICNS Proceedings. Lisbon: CIES-IUL

The night has been the subject of multiple readings by the social and human sciences, as well as it has inspired multiple narratives throughout history, literature and popular culture. However, the study of nightlife, practices, and actors only gained attention in recent years. The appearance of “mayors of the night” with the intention of improving urban governance during this period and thus guaranteeing needs, rights and services is the result of a progressive change in the local political paradigm, which begins to face this space-time as a “new” opportunity for its economic, social and cultural development. We could say that the night and the activities that take place in it begin to be projected as forms of tourist attraction, whether for their leisure activities such as discos, parties or other forms of fun; or because of its cultural potential, such as the White Nights. Contemporary urban night implies having active professionals, capable of reacting to any incident, such as the case of health professionals, but also maintaining those professions – often illegal – that tend to be considered problematic or hidden as could be prostitution. Surveillance and control during this period is also a good example of active professions, such as the case of the police, surveillance companies, video-doorman, or firefighters. It has never been so easy to commute in the urban space, public transport normally meets the needs of users, and the emergence of new forms of transport resulting from the circular economy, both of people and goods, completes the demand, not without controversy. There are many different ways to approach the night, but here we collect some of the communications that participated during the I International Conference on Night Studies, that took place on-line, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 2-4, 2020

Within this book, three authors are part of the Smartnights project research: Florian Guérin, Magali de Raphélis and Sandra Mallet published the academic paper « Night-time as a strategic referent in making an intermediary city more attractive. The case of the Reims Grand Centre urban project (France) »

Florian Guérin (from the UMR 5281 ART-Dev, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3), Magali de Raphélis (from the EA 3312 CRDT, EA 2076 Habiter, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), and Sandra Mallet (IATEUR – ESI-Reims, EA 2076 Habiter, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne) analyse the nocturnal dimension to the Reims Grand Centre project. Their paper brings out a shift in approach by those involved in urban design, with an increased sensitivity to nocturnal matters. For the authors, this provides a way of improving user comfort and developing new evening and night-time usages, although they also point out that this attention to the nocturnal dimension is incomplete, seeking to make places more attractive only to certain parts of the population, leading to various pre-existing usages being displaced or pushed out, thereby increasing social and behavioral normativity


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