Night culture
Night culture

The Fabric of the Night

Night culture has always been a place of connection. This project impact will focus on the social impact of night culture on cities and societies. By examining the shifting trends and emerging practices within night culture, you seek to uncover the underlying mechanisms that influence social relationships and community formation.

    General

    Night culture has always been a place of connection. It creates a space where differences fall away and barriers are broken; where people are connected through their love of music or need to dance, instead of their similarity in identity characteristics. It is a place were two people from completely different worlds and backgrounds can experience togetherness, without speaking a word to each other. In today's dynamic and turbulent world, characterized by algorithms, media bubbles, growing feelings of polarization, and experienced isolation, the significance of night culture's unifying role is magnified. Understanding the potential of night culture as a catalyst for social cohesion is essential for addressing the challenges and isolation – partly the social consequences of the Covid-period – that have given colour to the last few years. It might offer us a pathway to rebuild social bonds, nurture solidarity, and create a more inclusive and interconnected world. But before we are able to utilise night culture for social cohesion, we must understand its workings.  

    Client
    The client of this project is the Night Mayor of Nijmegen, Celia Okoro, from Stichting Nachtburgemeester Nijmegen. Stichting Nachtburgemeester is an independent organisation that is committed to a safe, inclusive, diverse, and innovative night culture in Nijmegen. With a focus on arts and culture, entrepreneurship, and community building, they try to bring people and organizations together, strengthen local initiatives and promote the well-being of the city during the night.

    Assignment
    This project impact will focus on the social impact of night culture on cities and societies. The primary aim of this research is to delve into the intricate interplay between evolving patterns in night culture and their impact on social cohesion and community dynamics in urban environments. What is the value of the night? Is it a meeting place for old and new friends, for lovers? A breeding ground for art and culture? Does it bring people from all walks of life together? Does it help against loneliness and isolation? In short, what is the social and psychological value of the night?

    By examining the shifting trends and emerging practices within night culture, we seek to uncover the underlying mechanisms that influence social relationships and community formation. Through this exploration, we aim to provide valuable insights that can inform policy decisions, urban planning strategies, cultural or social institutions, and community initiatives aimed at enhancing social cohesion.

    Kick-off weekend
    The kick-off weekend of this think tank will be on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2024. The kick-off weekend is a mandatory part of the think tank.

    Weekly meetings
    The weekly meetings start after the kick-off weekend and will take place on Thursday evenings from 18:30-20:30 unless the group decides otherwise in consultation with the supervisors. The supervisors attend the meetings once every three weeks.  

    Study trip
    A study trip of three or four days is also part of this think tank. The dates and location will be determined in consultation with the group.

    Supervisor
    Jorn ten Brink, researcher at the Radboud Teachers Academy

    Starting date

    To be announced
    Costs
    Free
    Main Language
    English

    Factsheet

    Type of education
    Practicum

    Contact information

    For more information, please get in touch with the programme director:

    Casper Kirkels
    casper.kirkels [at] ru.nl (casper[dot]kirkels[at]ru[dot]nl)