Taking up nyctalope tools to take care of the night.

Authors: Salome Vincent*,
Topics: Feminist Geographies, Field Methods, Urban Geography
Keywords: night, methodology, care, city, darkness.
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 31
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My paper is part of my thesis research that deals with cities’ dark interstices and the emotions
they generate. At the intersection of night studies, feminist studies and urban geography, this
research uses the vigilance brought to the work of care as a tool structuring the methodological
protocol, making it possible to re-subjectify the investigation process. The qualitative
methodology of this research is based on nocturnal explorations of the darkest places of the
city, as well as on a series of interviews and nocturnal guided tours. On a nocturnal fieldwork
that explores the spaces that carry a strong emotional charge, it’s all about finding strategies to
manage fear, to handle the unforeseen. Plus, particular attention is given to consent and
confidentiality through the relationship with the interviewees, provided the creation of
benevolent spaces of care; especially since the position of listening and collecting what is
intimate is a strong methodological issue here, that care work can help overcome. Care work,
as an ethical and political issue has the ability to enable a mutual empowerment of the
inhabitants of the night. Both self-care and caring about the city stand for what can make it
possible to overcome academic and intimate boundaries to reach a kind of consent to the night
and finally be able to take good care of the night.

Keywords: night, methodology, care, city, darkness.

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