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Night Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam 14473, Germany
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin 12587, Germany
Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Department of History, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
The School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster, London W1W 7BY, UK
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Augsburg, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
St. Hedwig-Hospital, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, Technische Universität Berlin, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, 14195 Berlin, Germany
International Dark-Sky Association, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA
Faculty for Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Géographe, Université Grenoble Alpes, 38100 Grenoble, France
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel (UPK), 4002 Basel, Switzerland
Transfaculty Research Platform Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN), University of Basel, 4055 Basel, Switzerland
VibeLab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Kassel, 34125 Kassel, Germany
Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 0G4, Canada
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Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 7 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 10 January 2020
The night has historically been neglected in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. To some extent, this is not surprising, given the diurnal bias of human researchers and the difficulty of performing work at night. The night is, however, a critical element of biological, chemical, physical, and social systems on Earth. Moreover, research into social issues such as inequality, demographic changes, and the transition to a sustainable economy will be compromised if the night is not considered. Recent years, however, have seen a surge in research into the night. We argue that “night studies” is on the cusp of coming into its own as an interdisciplinary field, and that when it does, the field will consider questions that disciplinary researchers have not yet thought to ask. View Full-Text
Keywords: night; night science; night studies; nyctology; interdisciplinary studies night; night science; night studies; nyctology; interdisciplinary studies
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Kyba, C.C.M.; Pritchard, S.B.; Ekirch, A.R.; Eldridge, A.; Jechow, A.; Preiser, C.; Kunz, D.; Henckel, D.; Hölker, F.; Barentine, J.; Berge, J.; Meier, J.; Gwiazdzinski, L.; Spitschan, M.; Milan, M.; Bach, S.; Schroer, S.; Straw, W. Night Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed. J 2020, 3, 1-6.

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Kyba CCM, Pritchard SB, Ekirch AR, Eldridge A, Jechow A, Preiser C, Kunz D, Henckel D, Hölker F, Barentine J, Berge J, Meier J, Gwiazdzinski L, Spitschan M, Milan M, Bach S, Schroer S, Straw W. Night Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed. J. 2020; 3(1):1-6.

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Kyba, Christopher C.M., Sara B. Pritchard, A. R. Ekirch, Adam Eldridge, Andreas Jechow, Christine Preiser, Dieter Kunz, Dietrich Henckel, Franz Hölker, John Barentine, Jørgen Berge, Josiane Meier, Luc Gwiazdzinski, Manuel Spitschan, Mirik Milan, Susanne Bach, Sibylle Schroer, and Will Straw. 2020. "Night Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed" J 3, no. 1: 1-6.

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