Light(s) and darkness(es)


Dark Futures: the loss of night in the contemporary city?

ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University

The artificial but widely held binary conceptions of day versus night find themselves condensed in cities where strategies to recalibrate the nocturnal urban landscape are abundant. This transformation requires considerable energies and technologies to facilitate illumination.

The Organization of Space and Time in the Quartier Mu of Malia (Crete, Bronze Age, 3200-1100 BC), in Light of Lamps

Ph.D candidate, Arscan, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

In recent decades, the development of virtual reality has allowed us to propose realistic reconstructions of lighting in Bronze Age buildings of the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean world.

The public lantern’s interplay of light and darkness: between security-based expansions, savings-based extinguishings, and the limitations of technical innovation (Paris, Barcelona, 18th C.)

PhD, Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS Paris

The gap between the early modern policing ideal of a homogeneous—“geometric”—perception of the urban fabric thanks to street lighting, and the persistent reality of dark areas, was particularly clear during periods of turmoil in the public order.