Associate Professor, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
Associate Professor, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
In this special issue, we argue that light(s) and darkness(es) should be understood in their multiplicity, and that they constitute two aspects of the same phenomenon. They should, therefore, be studied in relation to each other.
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.
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.
Department of History and European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
In the British Raj, colonial lighting oscillated between “Tool of Empire” and everyday technology. While the British used modern lighting to visualize power and accentuate social differences, it was also a contested object of appropriation and protest.
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
This essay takes expert assumptions about light preferences as a starting point for a historical inquiry into what I call imagined sociotechnical communities of light and energy.
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.