Dark Landscapes: new forms of experience and place (2)

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Nick Dunn, Tim Edensor
Chairs: Nick Dunn


The relationship with light and dark is fundamental to our regular social patterns and rhythms, and to how most of us make sense and engage with the world. However, recent research has identified the negligible amount of social science examination into these along with contemporary understandings of darkness and place (Edensor, 2013 & 2017). This absence is astounding when we think of the values, meanings and influences that such relationships have upon our cultural practices, not least in how we sense and make meaning in response to widespread urbanization and illumination (Crary, 2013; Dunn, 2016). Rather than consider darkness as negative, opposed to illumination and enlightenment, we wish to explore the rich potential of the dark for our senses and understanding of different spaces. The history of our relationship with the dark (Ekirch, 2005; Palmer, 2000) continues to pervade normative attitudes towards it, although contemporary investigations (Williams, 2008; Attlee, 2011; Morris, 2011; Shaw, 2015) have only begun to open up the possibilities and diversity of alternative experiences. In endeavouring to build an inter-disciplinary field of inquiry into darkness, this session aims to bring together engagements with darkness from a variety of backgrounds and theoretical orientations. We welcome both empirical and theoretical inquiries from a diverse range of disciplines and welcome presentations in non-traditional formats. More specifically, in this second session we will examine the wider issues and implications of darknesses including their management, behaviours and cultures.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Steve Millington*, Manchester Metropolitan University, Leni Schwendinger, Visiting Research Fellow, London School of Economics, Darkening the city: place management after dark 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Samantha Wilkinson*, Manchester Metropolitan University , Drinking in the Dark: Shedding Light on Young People's Alcohol Consumption Experiences 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Tauri Tuvikene*, Tallinn University, Taming night mobilities: compulsory pedestrian reflectors 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Clancy Wilmott*, University of Manchester, Making ‘dark’ of landscapes: spatiality, digital articulation and the delumination of the everyday. 20 6:20 PM
Discussant Tim Edensor Manchester Metropolitan University 20 6:40 PM

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