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 2, 2015 to

Publication: Spring 2016

Please see previous issues for examples at and our Style Sheet for submission criteria.


New issue of l’ena:  hors les murs — Magazine des Anciens Elèves de l’ENA (France) on night

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Germany:  New issue of “stadt-pilot” on night culture 













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

Language: English

Conference website:

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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.


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