The "Berliner Nachtung" is an interdisciplinary seminar series about the night, that happens during the night (or at least in the evening). The talks are generally given by either an academic or a representative of nighttime industry (e.g. lighting designers, hospitals, local governments).

The talks are either online as eNachtung or take place in Berlin, are usually about 30 minutes in length, and are conducted in either German or English, with a bilingual discussion afterwards.

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The Nachtung was co-founded* by Andreas Jechow, Christopher Kyba, Dietrich Henckel, Franz Hölker, Josiane Meier, and Sibylle Schroer. (* name order is alphabetical, all contributions were equal.)


Journal article: Night Matters - Why the interdisciplinary field of "night studies" is needed (in English)
Call for an Interdisciplinary Nighttime Institute in Spektrum (in German).

Upcoming Nachtungen

eNachtung #32

Robert Shaw, Newcastle University, UK

Gaming Landscape, Darkness and the Urban Night (online live talk)

21.06.2023 20:00 CEST
online link TBA

Previous Nachtungen

#31 Teddie Hwang, Artist: Dark Sky and the Arts

#30 Sophia Kimmig, IGB Berlin: Lesung und Vortrag zum Buch "Lebendige Nacht"

#29 Florence Cobben, Leiden University: The Nocturnal Nature of Ancient Christianity

#28 Roberto Corradini, Lighting Design Workshop: Remembrance of the things past (Night in art)

#27 Begoña Aramayona Quintana, CICS.NOVA (University of Lisbon): Dark in the City: Urban informality at night

#26) Etta Dannemann, Visit Dark Skies: Guided Stargazing - a new way to explore the night

#25) Jay Stafstrom, Cornell University: Ogre-faced Spiders: Nocturnal Senses and Hunting Behavior

#24) Anna Green, INTENSE and Ausstellungen Stiftung Planetarium Berlin: Berlin's simulated cosmos: how planetaria help preserve the sky

#23) John Barentine, International Dark-Sky Association & Consortium for Dark Sky Studie: The Lost Constellations

#22) Michael Snyder, Interdependent Pictures: Into the Dark: Chasing light in the world's darkest place.

#21) Conny Vogt, Heimwegtelefon:
Das Heimwegtelefonist - Angst ist das eine Genderfrage?

#20) Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel, University of Exeter/UCM:
Cities at night: ISS astronaut images

#19) Weihnachtung

#18) Steven Brown, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
The Dark Side of Atmospheric Chemistry

#17) Anke von der Heide, ZwischenWerk gUG:
Narratives for the nocturnal city through architectural displays

#16) Mirik Milan,
Governing the nighttime city: the rise of night mayors

#15) Molly Willet, Leiden University, Netherlands:
Colonising the night? Ancient Warfare in the hours of darkness

#14) Christian Voigt, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research:
Das Flattern auf den Friedhöfen

#13) Andreas Jechow, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries:
Snowglow - Winter and Arctic Light Pollution

#12) Siegrun Appelt, artist:
Langsames Licht / Slow Light

#11) Julle Oksanen, Helsinki University:
Interdisciplinary Eco-Architectural Darkness Design & Pragmatism

#10) Will Straw, McGill University:
Night media

#9) Ger Duijzings, University of Regensburg:
Nocturnal ethnography: a quick and dirty guide

#8) Helmut Grätz and André Kittelmann, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe:
Die Nahverkehrsnacht

#7) André Chappatte, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient:
"Moralities of Odienné by Night: an anthropology of light and darkness"

#6) Various speakers
Open mic Weihnachtung

#5) Hannah Ahlheim, Universität Göttingen:
Kontrollgewin - Kontrollverlust. Die Geschichte des Schlafs

#4) Karl-Heinz Frommolt and Silke Kipper, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin:
Es singt die Nachtigall, nicht die Lerche: nächtliche Tierstimmen

#3) Christine Preiser, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches & internationales Strafrecht:
Nachtschicht als Türsteher - arbeiten im Vergnügen

#2) Manuel Spitschan, Stanford University:
Twilight and Light Pollution

#1) Adam Eldridge, University of Westminster:
Reconfiguring Night and Day

Nachtungen News

Berliner Zeitung: Warum Türsteher oft Gewalt androhen müssen (Nachtung #3)
Deutschlandfunk: Audio interview with Christine Preiser (Nachtung #3)
Berliner Zeitung: Berlin bei Nacht Von Türstehern, Sternen und Lichtverschmutzung

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