en arts, lettres, langues, sciences humaines et sociales

25 novembre 2022
Cet appel à communications est lancé dans le cadre du projet de recherche NOZNUM « Marcher en ville la nuit », porté par Edna Hernandez Gonzalez, maîtresse de conférences à Géoarchitecture à l'UBO.


The nighttime city is not a uniform space-time. It is composed of different temporalities and socioeconomic and cultural dynamics of its own, including a specific organization of territories and an offer of urban nighttime services often concentrated around "hot spots" of activity.

Neither is the nocturnal city a neutral space-time. It is the place where "gendered norms take shape" and where they are reproduced through daily interactions between users. Thus, access to and practices in night-time public spaces are gendered; that is, structured by unequal social relations based on gender. Numerous research studies report a feeling of fear and insecurity in these spaces (higher for women than for men) which impacts women's mobility. However, it is worth noting the paradox, which has been widely discussed and questioned, that according to official statistical data, women are less likely to be victims of assault in public space by strangers than men. Nonetheless, it is the types of aggression and violence counted in these official statistics (and those left out) as well as the social, political and media injunctions on the supposed and natural fragility of the female body which feed into this paradox and reinforce the narrative that urban space, at night, is a space-time to be avoided. This deconstruction of the paradox reveals, firstly, that the category "women" is perceived as homogeneous, whereas the intersection of characteristics (age, social class, racialization, gender identity or sexual orientation) is at the origin of a diversity of positionings, experiences and practices within the city at night. In this sense, an intersectional approach is fundamental to achieve a better understanding of the uses of and access to urban space at night. This approach also makes it possible not to lose sight of the unequal context of gender relations. It can be reasoned that the feeling of fear and insecurity is a social construction linked to gendered social relations as well as to hegemonic social representations of the masculine and feminine. The theory of social representations thus constitutes a relevant epistemological framework to apprehend the way in which the urban nocturnal space is elaborated and invested with meanings imposed by people according to their social status and background. Social representations are defined as forms of knowledge socially elaborated and shared, with the aim of contributing to the construction of a commonly shared reality.

Proposals (in French, Spanish, English or Portuguese) must include the name and surname, the title, a summary of the communication of approximately 250 words + bibliography and a brief biographical note.
They must be sent before December 30th to the following emails: and or on the web site of congress :

Deadlines :
Abstract Submission before December 30th 2022
Abstract acceptance notification on Janvier 9th 2023
Registration until February 20th 2023
Conference Date: March 14th to 16th 2023


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