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Revisiting the Dark: Diverse Encounters and Experiences

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In this concluding chapter, we will bring together the theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches and empirical work in order to explain their implications for this emerging multi- and inter-disciplinary subject. The chapter will discuss the variations of darkness and light that co-exist and the different histories, geographies, creative engagements and cultural practices that are informing a multitude of different experiences and representations of darkness. This chapter will also contribute to a better understanding of how artistic and other creative practices can enrich academic theories through fresh perspectives and provide valuable critical accounts for inter-disciplinary research. Further, it will respond to some of the innovative professional approaches included within the book to identify new ways in which we might design with and for darkness, a significantly overlooked field at present. In doing so, this chapter will provide an authoritative account of how and why embracing its potential and developing a much more nuanced and critical understanding of the situated and plural nature of darkness is key to addressing key creative and social issues. Finally, this chapter will conclude by reaffirming the collection’s contribution to knowledge and outlining future research that might be undertaken in the wider context of environmental challenges.