Dark Skies addresses a significant gap in knowledge in relation to perspectives from the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In providing a new multi- and interdisciplinary field of inquiry, this book brings together engagements with dark skies from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, empirical studies, and theoretical orientations.

Throughout history, the relationship with dark skies has generated a sense of wonder and awe, as well as providing the basis for important cultural meanings and spiritual beliefs. However, the connection to darks skies is now under threat due to the widespread growth of light pollution and the harmful impacts that this has upon humans, non-humans, and the planet we share. This book, therefore, examines the rich potential of dark skies and their relationships with place, communities, and practices to provide new insights and understandings on their importance for our world in an era of climate emergency and environmental degradation.

This book is intended for a wide audience. It will be of interest to scholars, students, and professionals in geography, design, astronomy, anthropology, ecology, history, and public policy, as well as anyone who has an interest in how we can protect the night sky for the benefit of us all and the future generations to follow.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

part 1|31 pages


chapter 1|29 pages

Dark skies

Meanings, challenges, and relationships
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part 2|49 pages

Creative engagements with dark places

chapter 2|18 pages

Creative approaches to dark skies research

A dialogue between two artist-researchers
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chapter 3|13 pages

Dark skies in southern Scotland and northern England

Border-crossing sites for creative experiment and envisioning connectedness
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chapter 4|16 pages

The transparency of night

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part 3|36 pages

Sensing dark landscapes

chapter 5|9 pages


Dancing in the dark as an artistic practice
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chapter 6|11 pages

Sensing dark places

Creating thick descriptions of nocturnal time and rhythm
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chapter 7|14 pages

Considering festive illuminations in dark sky places

Honouring darkness, creative innovation, and place
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part 4|42 pages

Non-human entanglements with dark skies

chapter 8|14 pages

Nature's calendar, clock, and compass

What happens when it is disrupted
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part 5|41 pages

Dark sky communities

chapter 11|14 pages

Designing with the dark

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chapter 12|12 pages

Who is afraid under dark skies?

Four female experts on “spaces of fear”, astronomy, and the loss of the night: a group discussion with Sabine Frank, Josefine Liebisch, Laura-Solmaz Litschel, and Dunja Storp
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chapter 13|13 pages

What do we mean by “dark skies”?

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part 6|45 pages

Dark sky tourism

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chapter 15|16 pages

Nocturnal (dark) anthropology

Spotlight on an ancient Indian civilisation
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chapter 16|15 pages

Beauty won't save the starry night

Astro-tourism and the astronomical sublime
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part 7|19 pages


chapter 17|17 pages

Under the night

The futures of dark skies
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