Atmospheric Spaces is a project that does not deal with the word «atmosphere» from a meteorological or an earth-scientific point of view. It rather arises in order to provide a point of reference for everyone who is dealing with this subject matter from a phenomenological and aesthetical point of view, because, nowadays, there is no platform that attempts to collect and gather all news, events and publications on this topic. This blog is created with the aim of constructing a network and gathering a community that works together on this philosophical and transdisciplinary subject.

Atmosphere means, in this context, a sensorial and affective quality widespread in space. It is the particular shade or tone that determines the way one feels his/her surroundings. Air, ambiance, aura, climate, environment, genius loci, milieu, mood, numinous, Stimmung, Umwelt – all these words are names hiding, in fact, the founding idea of atmospheres: a vague ens or power, without perceivable and discrete boundaries, which we meet around us and which affects our lived body and even involves us. Studying atmospheres means, thus, a parte subjecti, to analyze the range of unintentional or involuntary experiences and, in particular, those experiences which emotionally “tonalize” our everyday life. A parte objecti, it means however to learn to critically evaluate intentionally (e.g. artistically) produced feelings and to avoid being manipulated by such feelings.


Director: Tonino Griffero (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)
Coordinator: Marco Tedeschini (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)
Executive Secretary: Sara Borriello, Serena Massimo (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”)

Committee Members

Niels Albertsen (Arkitektskolen Aarhus), Jean-François Augoyard (CNRS – Grenoble), Arnold Berleant (Emeritus – Long Island University), Mikkel Bille (Roskilde Universitet), Gernot Böhme (IPPh – Darmstadt), Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School), Gabor Csepregi (Université de Saint-Boniface – Winnipeg), Christoph Demmerling (Universität Jena), Thomas Fuchs (Universitätsklinikum – Heidelberg), Michael Großheim (Universität Rostock), Robert Gugutzer (Goethe Universität), Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University), Jürgen Hasse (Goethe Universität – Frankfurt), Michael Hauskeller (University of Exeter), Timothy Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Christian Julmi (FernUniversität in Hagen), Rainer Kazig (LMU – München), Hilge Landweer (Freie Universität Berlin), David Le Breton (Université de Strasbourg), Juhani Pallasmaa (Aalto University), Alberto Pérez-Gómez (McGill University – Montreal, Quebec), Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster – London), Hermann Schmitz (Emeritus – Universität Kiel), David Seamon (Kansas State University), Giovanni Stanghellini (Università “G. D’Annunzio” – Chieti; Universidad “Diego Portales” – Santiago), Shanti Sumartojo (Monash University), Jean-Paul Thibaud (CNRS – Grenoble).

Associate Members

Aurosa Alison (Politecnico di Milano), Valeria Bizzari (Universität Heidelberg), Guenda Bernegger (SUPSI – Swiss), Alessandro Bertinetto (Università di Torino), Margit Brunner (University of Adelaide), Barbara Carnevali (EHESS – Paris), Vincenzo Costa (Università degli Studi del Molise), Federico De Matteis (Università dell’Aquila), Madalina Diaconu (Universität Wien), Elisabetta Di Stefano (Università degli Studi di Palermo), Gianni Francesetti (IPsiG – International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology), Carsten Friberg (Freelance Researcher – Copenhagen), Mildred Galland-Szymkowiak (CNRS – École normale supérieure), Julian Hanich (Rijksuniversitet Groningen), Dehlia Hannah (Arizona State University), Klaske M. Havik (Delft University of Technology), Christiane Heibach (FHNW Basel), Maximilian Gregor Hepach (University of Cambridge), Yuho Hisayama (Kobe University), George Home-Cook (Indipendent Researcher), Veronica Iubei (Universität Heidelberg) Steffen Kluck (Universität Rostock), Reinhardt Knodt (Berlin), Joel Krueger (University of Exeter), Wendelin Küpers (Karlshochschule – Karlsruhe), Rita Messori (Università di Parma), Eugenio Morello (Politecnico di Milano) Werner Müller-Pelzer (Fachhochschule Dortmund), Barbara Piga (Politecnico di Milano), Matthew Pritchard (University of Leeds), Tiziana Proietti (Oklahoma University), Andreas Rauh (Universität Würzburg), Friedlind Riedel (Universität Göttingen), Simon Runkel (Universität Heidelberg), Susanne Schmitt (LMU – München), Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen), Renata Scognamiglio (Sapienza – University of Rome), Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3), Anette Stenslund (Roskilde Universitet). Thomas Szanto (Københavns Universitet), Juha Torvinen (Helsingfors Universitet), Dylan Trigg (Universität Wien), Silvia Vizzardelli (Università della Calabria), Izabela Wieczorek (University of Reading), Barbara Wolf (Hochschule Mittweida), Penelope Woods (Queen Mary University – London).