Bright Side Of NightErkner/Berlin, Germany June 20-21, 2013
Despite the largely positive connotations associated with lighting and its multiple cultural and social functions, the use of artificial light in public spaces was – and is – neither universal nor uncontested. Negative impacts on humans and animals, on the aesthetic qualities of town- and landscapes as well as the ecological aftermath of energy consumption have been discussed from early on – recently culminating in growing criticism concerning “light pollution”. So far, there are only few general standards or regulations regarding the quantity and quality of outdoor lighting. This is not surprising, as artificial lighting is a highly complex field that involves multiple interests and actors – and empirical research on the topic has only begun in recent years. In order to address the multi-faceted issue of artificial lighting adequately, we need to consider the historical, cultural, socio-political, environmental and economic dimensions of light in an integrated fashion.
The conference will focus on the humanities and the social sciences including history, literature and arts, geography, urban planning, politics and economics and will discuss various aspects and research approaches concerning lighting and light pollution. The four conference panels will each highlight a different approach:
- perceptions of artificial lighting,
- functions and infrastructural provision of artificial lighting as well as lighting practices,
- lighting conflicts and the governance of outdoor lighting,
- methods and research approaches for the assessment of perceptions and costs of artificial lighting, light pollution and the night sky.
Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning Erkner (IRS) and
TU Berlin, Department of Urban And Regional Planning (ISR)
within the Research Project "Loss of the night"
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel (TU Berlin ISR)
Dr. Timothy Moss (IRS Erkner)
June 20-21, 2013
The conference is held at Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning
Flakenstraße 28-31, Erkner, Germany.
just a jump away from Berlin
Registration Deadline & Fee:
Early Bird: April 30 – 85 Euro
Regular: June 20 – 100 Euro
Reduced Fee for Students: 40/50 Euro
Conference Office: Technische Universität Berlin