The new official LXNIGHTS site is here: Welcome!

The migration of the server led to the loss of the website. To give us more stability, we have decided to reactivate our blog. This marks the beginning of a new era in the dissemination of our activity with the aim of reinforcing our strategy of transfer knowledge, establishing new arenas of public debate and empowering local communities for safer, more inclusive, egalitarian, ecological and competitive nights.

New publication on the liminal nightlife governance in Lisbon

LXNIGHTS launches a new publication!! :))) This is a new publication based on an ongoing ethnography started in 2010 in the old harbor neighborhood of Cais do Sodré, in downtown Lisbon. This article aims to analyze how the neoliberalization of the night in Lisbon has led to the emergence of some critical challenges for the governance of the “Nocturnal Tourist CIty”.

Full Reference: Nofre, J. (2020). Geografias da governança liminar da noite lisboeta. In Remoaldo, P. C., Caldeira, M. J., Teles, V., Scalabrini, E. & Rio Fernandes, J. A. (Eds), Livro de Actas do XII Congresso da Geografia Portuguesa “Geografias de Transição para a Sustentabilidade”, pp. 290-297. Guimaraes, Portugal: Universidade do Minho. ISBN: 978-989-98857








A vida nocturna, uma prioridade de Estado em tempos de pós-pandemia

Sendo a vida nocturna central na indústria do turismo em Lisboa, é precisamente neste ponto que surge a grande preocupação partilhada entre diferentes actores da noite lisboeta: Pode o sector do lazer nocturno sobreviver aos efeitos económicos da pandemia sem uma política pública dedicada ao sector

Para ler o Artigo completo:

Call For Book Chapters – “The production of urban ambiances for tourist consumption in the contemporary city”

Call for chapters for an edited volume to be submitted to Routledge’s Ambiences and Atmospheres Series or Routledge Advances in Tourism and Anthropology Series

Editors: Iñigo Sánchez (Universidade Nova de Lisboa); Daniel Malet-Calvo (ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon); Daniel Paiva (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

This book seeks to analyze the impact of tourism on the urban environment, focusing on the concept of “ambiance” as a tool to explore the physical regeneration and sensory transformation of contemporary touristic places.

Tourism-led urban regeneration initiatives have proliferated in cities across the globe, in what some authors call a process of touristification (Sequera and Nofre, 2018). The production of urban ambiances that cater to the tourists’ desire to experience the life and culture of the city has been a significant part of this process. Some authors have noted that the transformation of historic neighborhoods into thematic parks for tourism consumption, which often imply the loss of local population, along with traditional modes of social behavior and vernacular cultural practices, are some of the negative consequences of tourism, which are often expressed in the public discourse making reference to the loss of the “authenticity” and “real feel” of urban places (Zukin 2010).

In this book, we promote a critical approach to urban ambiances to question the touristified city. How do tourism and city development affect the lived ambiances in the urban context? How do sensory experiences participate in creating particular urban ambiances and places for tourist consumption? What is the role of atmospheric production in relation to the physical regeneration and marketing of contemporary touristic places? Which social actors participate globally and locally in the everyday (re)production and consumption of these ambiances of tourism?

We invite papers that explore a variety of different approaches, questions and methodologies to study the production of urban ambiances for tourist consumption in the contemporary city, including, but not limited to:

– The role of the senses in the production of ambiances for tourist consumption
– Sensory and atmospheric design in touristified shops, markets, or public space
– The experience economy in tourism spaces
– Everyday perceptions of tourism-led urban transformation
– Exclusions, marginality, and contestations of touristified ambiances
– Public debates on the authenticity/inauthenticity of the ambiances of tourism
– The role of identity and the past in the production of ambiances for tourist consumption
– Creativity and the arts in the production of ambiances for tourist consumption

We intend this collection to bring together a diverse group of scholars and case studies to present a global perspective on the production of urban ambiances for tourist consumption in urban settings. We welcome contributions from across the globe which work with ambiances from different perspectives.

The volume will be composed of 8000-word chapters (including footnotes and references), an Introduction by the editors and an Afterword.

– Deadline for submission of abstracts (300-400 words) and bionotes (100 words): 15 March 2020
– Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2020
– Book manuscript submission: 31 April 2020
– Book contracted: September 2020
– First Book chapter draft: 31 December 2020
– Book manuscript submission: March 2021

Initial expressions of interest, enquiries and/or abstracts should be submitted to editors Iñigo Sánchez (, Daniel Paiva ( and Daniel Malet Calvo (

LISBON NIGHTLIFE COMMISSION: Documento Técnico em Aberto

Após dois anos, continuamos sem resposta da CML sobre a nossa propos de  iniciativa municipal para uma governança participativa da noite lisboeta “Lisbon Nightlife Commission”. Nesse sentido, a coordenação do lxnights decidiu disponibilizar em aberto o documento técnico para avançar através da autoorganização dos diferentes actores locais (residentes, comerciantes e organizações sociais).




The 1st International Conference on Night Studies is an international event that aims to echo frontier research, artistic works and professional practices related to the study of the urban night in multiple contexts around the world.

This event aims to be a platform for sharing ongoing or recent research, open a critical and interdisciplinary debate, and boost networking, bringing together academia and society.

ICNS.LX will be held in Lisbon on July 2nd and 3rd, 2020 at ISCTE-IUL.

In parallel with the conference sessions, there will be field excursions, and other activities related to the night in the Portuguese capital.

Deadline for submissions: January 27th, 2020

The Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future

Royal Anthropological Institute and Royal Geographical Society
4th – 7th June 2020,  British Museum/SOAS/Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.

A Right to Light, A Right to Darkness? (IN08)

Dr Robert Shaw, Newcastle University, UK

Dr Mikkel Bille, Roskilde University, Denmark

Anthropologists and geographers have been among the scholars from multiple disciplines who have turned towards the study of everyday human interactions with natural light, artificial light and darkness. Researchers increasingly conceive of these as relational phenomena, the understanding of which cannot be separated. What has emerged from this research is a contradictory picture of trends of both increasing artificial light in some places, but increasing darkness and lack of access to light in other places. In this session we are interested in exploring how access to both light and darkness is changing across different socio-economic, cultural and political contexts. If there was a ‘right to light’ or a ‘right to darkness’, what would they look like and what would they protect? Do they conflict with each other? Are these rights under threat differently in urban and rural areas? How are technological and infrastructural changes, including but not limited to ‘smart’ technologies, shaping them? How is human access to both light and darkness interfering with non-human access? This session contains both conceptual and empirical explorations of this topic, exploring multiple dimensions of access (or lack of access) to natural light, artificial light or darkness


Deadline for paper submissions 8th January 2020. You will be informed as to whether your paper is accepted by 20th January 2020.

Please get in touch with Rob ( or Mikkel ( if you’re interested in submitting a paper, or have any further questions.





Just published!! Special Issue on The Night — Bulletin of the Italian Geographical Society

Our LXNIGHTS colleague, Prof. Will Straw (McGill University, Canada) is one of the co-editors of this special issue on the urban night just published by the Bulletin of the Italian Geographical Society. With the title “Geographies of the night” this monographic issue of the Bulletin of the Italian Geographic Society brings together about twenty authors, geographers and others, interested in analyzing this dimension for a long time forgotten. After the first works of the late twentieth century, the articles presented here continue exploring this “ephemeral and cyclic space-time”, its “inhabitants” and their practices, but also the development of a transdisciplinary field of study such as ‘Night studies’ that associates numerous actors from even beyond the university research .



Call for Video Entries for the 3rd Urban Audiovisual Festival: “City and Night”. May 28-30, 2020 @Marvila Library, Lisbon.

LXNIGHTS is very pleased to divulgate this exciting opportunity to share our research experiences. Manuel van Hoben, LXNIGHTS team member, is coordinating the organization of this festival. The UAF Organization Committee asks scholars, videomakers, students and video-artist to submit works that approach the night in any of its multiple faces, that portrays what happens at dusk, that gives voice to those who live while we sleep, etc.

We welcome short films (approx. 15 min.) and long films (approx. 90 mins) in seven different formats:

• Documentary
• Ethnographic Film
• Music-video
• MobileFilms: films made using cell-phones or tablets
• Experimental: audiovisual projects that evidence a new approach to visual methods
• Fiction films
• Animated films

You may submit your entries through the platform:

For more information visit the festival website:

Entries Deadline: December 16th, 2019, 12.00 Midnight (GMT)

Please, do not hesitate to contact us at for any information you may need.

New Edition of LXNIGHTS Open Meetings (Fall 2019 – Spring 2020)


Este mes de Julho é o 5º aniversário do LXNIGHTS !!! 🥳🥳🥳🤩🤩

Para celebrar estes cinco de consolidação da nossa posição como grupo de investigação de referência sobre o lazer nocturno quer a nivel nacional quer a nível europeu, iremos retomar a realização dos LXNIGHTS Open Meetings / Encontros LXNIGHTS.

Esta iniciativa, que começará no Outono deste ano de 2019 e que terá também uma periocidade semestral, visa:

(a) partilhar experiências e conhecimento científico sobre a vida nocturna lisboeta e os seus impactos;

(b) discutir e propor novas políticas sobre a vida ncoturna em Lisboa;

(c) discussão sobre a criação e implementação de ferramentas de gestão municipal para uma noite mais segura, sustentável, igualitária, inclusiva e respeituosa com os moradores.

Ao longo do mês de Setembro, iremos dar mais notícias sobre o 5º Aniversário do LXNIGHTS e sobre esta nova edição dos LXNIGHTS Open Meetings / Encontros LXNIGHTS.

Partilhem! )))😉😉😉

LXNIGHTS News (Jan-May 2019)

These are some of recent papers published by our LXNIGHTS colleagues Begoña Aramayona (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Adam Eldridge (University of Westminster), and Jordi Nofre & Daniel Malet-Calvo. Huge congrats))

Strangers in the night: nightlife studies and new urban tourism, by A. Eldridge.…/full/10…/19407963.2019.1583666

Decoding middle-class protest against low-cost nocturnal tourism in Madrid, by B. Aramayona & R. García-Sánchez.…/full/10…/19407963.2019.1584627

Nofre J., Malet Calvo D. (2019) Pubcrawling Lisbon: Nocturnal Geoethnographies of Bairro Alto. In: Stahl G., Bottà G. (eds) Nocturnes: Popular Music and the Night. Pop Music, Culture and Identity. Palgrave Macmillan.

LXNIGHTS @ Nights Conference 2018

Nos dias 15,16 e 17 de Novembro, o LXNIGHTS irá participar na NIGHTS CONFERENCE 2018 — “4th International Conference on Nighttime Economy, Culture, Urban Development and Health Issues”. Uma nova oportunidade para partilhar experiências e conhecimentos em mesas redondas, paneis, workshops, etc. com os colegas de Londres, Paris, Berlim, Zurique, Amsterdão, etc.

Mais informações, em próximas semanas.

New book: Exploring Nightlife Space, Society and Governance

Edited by Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge (and including collaborations of many members from LXNIGHTS)  the new book on urban night Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance will be published by Rowman and Littlefield International this May 2018.

Description: While the night has long been associated with crime and fear, over recent decades ‘nightlife’ has become increasingly associated with the creative economy, tourism, sociability, job growth, and urban regeneration. Debates about anti-social behaviour, morality, and safety continue to shape our understanding of the night but newer concerns have also emerged about gentrification, economic and social exclusion, commercialisation, and over-development. Exploring Nightlife: Space, Society and Governance is the first edited volume that critically examines nightlife from a cross-disciplinary and international perspective. Comprising original contemporary research, the collection brings together case studies from across the globe that explore topics including nightlife and urban development, race, gender and youth culture, alcohol and drug use, and urban renewal. In doing so, each chapter explores nightlife in relation to local and global structures of power and governance. Exploring Nightlife is an ideal introduction to the emerging field of night-time studies and will be a valuable resource for students and researchers with an interest in geography, cultural studies, sociology, youth, leisure, and urban studies.

Table of Contents:

Introduction, Jordi Nofre and Adam Eldridge

Part I: Nightlife and Urban Change in the Neo-liberal City

1. Nightlife and urban change in Southern European cities: The case of Montpellier and Lisbon, Emanuele Giordano, João Carlos Martins, Dominique Crozat and Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros

2. ‘Civilising’ by gentrifying: The contradictions of neoliberal planning for nightlife in Sydney, Peta Wolifson

3. Night-time economy and urban development in post-socialist Sarajevo, Jordi Martín-Díaz, Nihad Čengić and Jordi Nofre

4. The night in Maboneng (Johannesburg, South Africa): An urban frontier in-between securization, commodification and contestation, Chrystel Olouko

5. Kerameikos – Metaxourgio: Entertaining ourselves in Athens’ “ghettoes of the mind”, Penny Koutrolikou

Part II: Power, Culture and Identity

6. Cairo Nights: Mulids and the politics of Mahraganat music, José Sánchez-García

7. Consumption patterns of Erasmus students in Lisbon: Circulating between mainstream and alternative nightscapes, Daniel Malet-Calvo

8. Young People, Alcohol and Suburban Nightscapes in Manchester, Samantha Wilkinson

9. ‘I’m too old for that now’: The importance of life course in student nightlife normativities in Flanders, Valerie De Craene

10. Reviewing night-time economy policies through a gendered lens: gender aware or gender neutral?, Marion Roberts/ Part III: Law, Control and Governance of the Urban Night

11. Red Light Districts of Amsterdam, Irina Van Aalst and Ilse Van Liempt

12. Nightlife as an educational setting: the harm reduction perspective in Portugal, Helena Valente and Cristiana Pires

13. Policies for nightlife and the democratic city: from urban renewal to behaviour control in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcos Paulo Ferreira De Góis

Epilogue, Will Straw