Humboldt Lecture: Tonino Griffero on Urban Atmospheres in Nijmegen

Alexander von Humboldt Lecture Series 2019-2020

“Genoa for us”: Urban atmospheres and felt-bodily resonances

Prof. Tonino Griffero, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy

Monday 30 September 2019, 5.30 PM – 6.45 PM,

Former Chapel in the Bergmanianum,
Radboud University Nijmegen
Houtlaan 4, NL-6525 XZ Nijmegen

Free entrance


The urban atmosphere is the polysensorial-amodal “skin” of the city. Inspired by a pathic aesthetics and the New Phenomenology, but also freely using here a Paolo Conte’s song (quoted in the title) as an example, my lecture focuses on the aesthetic-phenomenological notion of “atmosphere” and its key-role in architecture and urban life. It aims, first of all, at investigating what the immersive impression of a city consists of, secondly at de-axiologising the notion of urban atmosphere in order to better understand what its “authority” is, thirdly at explaining on which form of felt-bodily communication and resonance it is based. It would be necessary, finally, to criticize the usual idea according to which an urban atmosphere must necessarily mean either an organicistic familiarity or an avant-garde subversion of the social space.

The lecture will be followed by one more seminars held by Tonino:

Tuesday 1 October 2019, 12.30 PM – 2.15 PM

Elinor Ostrom building, Heyendaalseweg 141, NL-6525AJ Nijmegen Room: EOS N 01.740

On Wednesday 2 October 2019, 10.30 AM -12.15 PM researchers of Radboud University and Wageningen University will present their work to Tonino during the research colloquium.

Ulbo de Sitter conference room, ground floor Elinor Ostrombuilding,

Heyendaalseweg 141, NL-6525 AJ Nijmegen