Journal of Alpine Research / Revue de géographie alpine

Nights and Mountains

Context This call for articles probes the development of mountain nights along various historical, economic, social, cultural, territorial and environmental dimensions. This inquiry forms part of a chronotopical approach and a rhythmanalysis of society and territories into 24 hours a day, seven days a week and a combination of the two. The alternation between day and night has long structured life on Earth and determined the way in which society, as well as our individual and collective rhythms, functions. From the beginning, man has sought to escape the rhythms imposed by Mother Nature and extend his empire across the globe. While this conquest of the world system is now more or less complete, night – characterised, like a mountain, by seasonal rhythms and a gradual incline – has long remained a time and space almost untouched by human activity: a downtime, a world unexplored. But times are changing. For the past 20 years, economic and social activities have gradually colonised the n...

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