Race in London’s Night-Time Economy
Department of History, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Westminster
We are pleased to offer a PhD Studentship, consisting of a fee waiver and annual stipend of £16,000 for three years. The Studentship will commence in September 2016, and is available to applicants with a Home fee status only (usually defined as applicants from the UK and EU). Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.
Over the past two decades there has been a considerable expansion of interest in evening and night-time economies. This growing body of work has emerged out of a number of disciplines, in particular criminology, sociology, geography, cultural studies and town planning. While much of the scholarship on the night-time economy has focused on young consumers in town and city centres, the dynamics of race and cultural difference have been relatively under-researched. This project provides an important opportunity for a qualitative focus on race and ethnicity in the night-time economy of London, a complex and diverse global city.
Possible topics might consider (but not be limited to):
- embodiment, affect and emotion
- space, dwelling and materiality
- cosmopolitan and transnational engagements
- whiteness and late-night leisure practices
- non alcohol-related leisure practices
- suburban night-time economies
- late-night workers and cultural producers
NIGHT MAYOR SUMMIT 2016
In 2016 the first Night Mayor Summit will be held in Amsterdam, an international conference on the economic and cultural value of ‘the night’. The conference where nighttime professionals will meet, parallel to the official Mayor Conference in Amsterdam where the mayors of all EU capitals will gather.
The night as a product is more and more important for the profiling and image of cities and areas. Both in the social economic and cultural area day and night are getting more intertwined.
Amsterdam is the front runner in innovating the night and values sharing the knowledge and experiences regarding nightly matters with other cities. Topics such as creative industry, art and culture, diversity, safety, human health and mobility will be discussed.
The event will be held on Friday 22th and Saturday 23rd of April.
The event is a two-day congress with lectures, a dinner, and discussions in workgroups.
The conference is developed for professionals that are active in matters concerning ‘the night’. The closing lecture on the 23th is open to everyone with interest for ‘the night’.
Do you want to be a part of this unique and inspiring event? Pre-order your ticket here. Are you interested in being a sponsor? Please contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other inquiry regarding the schedule, press, contributions to the program please contact us via: Ella@nachtburgemeester.amsterdam
NICA Winter School 2016: ‘Night Cultures: (il)legalities and the politics of life after dark’
The study of culture has in recent decades productively devoted attention to the importance of space and spatial production.
Notwithstanding the value of the so-called ‘spatial turn’ in the humanities and social sciences, some scholars have rightly noted how this has somewhat eclipsed the importance of time as a fruitful critical and analytical framework for the study of cultural dynamics. Among these, a small but increasing number of scholars has homed in on an important blind spot: the night and life after dark, which, in its social and symbolic constructions, is the focus of this seminar.
For more information visit http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucas/news-events/nica-winterschool-2016.html
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: SPECIAL ISSUE OF Scapegoat ON NIGHT, co-edited by Christie Pearson and Will Straw
Scapegoat Architecture/ Landscape/ Political Economy
NIGHT stubbornly embraces the hidden, illicit, clandestine, lunatic, aquatic and unconscious. Management of the NIGHT grows as it is increasingly understood as a scene of production and an economic horizon. Yet NIGHT’s resistance is palpable. It is the object of interventions in urban culture, such as Nuits Blanches, lighting festivals, and the Dark Sky movement. It is on the agenda of city governments everywhere, as clashes over night-time noise, illumination, safety and freedom of movement focus broader tensions over gentrification and urban citizenship.
This issue of Scapegoat will look at the aesthetics, politics and technologies of the urban night.
NIGHT brings architecture and landscape into this shadow of everyday life.
Brief proposals for projects, essays and reviews should be sent by December 31, 2015 to email@example.com
Publication: Spring 2016
Please see previous issues for examples at scapegoatjournal.org and our Style Sheet for submission criteria. scapegoatjournal.org
New issue of l’ena: hors les murs — Magazine des Anciens Elèves de l’ENA (France) on night
Call for proposals: panel on night at the 24th World Congress of Political Science, Istanbul (July 23-28, 2016)
Who Owns the Night? Night-Time Social Order, Night-Time Users and Night-Time Policies
Convenor: Dr. Nicolas Kaciaf
Open panel in RC32 Public Policy and Administration
Chair: Dr. Thomas Alam
Conference website: https://istanbul2016.ipsa.org/events/congress/istanbul2016/home
The panel analyses from a comparative perspective how the night is built as a “public problem” by local or national authorities. Is the night defined as a special time-space which requires specific interventions from public authorities? Do rules and tools of public regulation change during the “dark hours”? What are the conceptions of the social order which justify such changes? In other words, who owns the night?
The issue is also to compare how the night and its norms are constructed by its publics (i.e. groups who define themselves as night users: “night birds”, “ordinary sleepers”, homeless, night-time workers) and how public authorities categorise and organise them into a hierarchy.
- a) Mobilisations (from bar and club owners to local residents…) have to be taken seriously since they partake in the problematisation of nightlife and create spokespersons for public institutions.
- b) Panellists should study how public authorities (city councils, police departments, State administrations, etc.) grant legitimacy or not to specific publics through discourses, silences or consultative bodies they can set up.
- c) Last but not least, one has to consider how the implementation of public policies regulating night-time activities are dividing night-users between “good” and “bad” publics since certain practices are tolerated while others are labelled as deviant and cracked down on.
Overall, these various dimensions are an opportunity to question social mix in the city after dark.