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

Kyba, C., Pritchard, S., Ekirch, A., 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. and Straw, W. 2020. Night Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed. J: Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal. 3 (1), pp. 1-6. doi:10.3390/j3010001

TitleNight Matters—Why the Interdisciplinary Field of “Night Studies” Is Needed
TypeJournal article
AuthorsKyba, C., Pritchard, S., Ekirch, A., 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. and Straw, W.
Abstract

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.

Keywordsnight; night science; night studies; nyctology; interdisciplinary studies
JournalJ: Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal
Journal citation3 (1), pp. 1-6
ISSN2571-8800
Year2020
PublisherMDPI
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CC BY 4.0
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Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3390/j3010001
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2571-8800/3/1/1/htm
Publication dates
Published10 Jan 2020

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