Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Creatures of the night

Vampires, succubes and lycanthropes, from yesterday to today

The night has not always been tamed. Societies have not always been able to stifle the night with bright lights and clamour, as we have become accustomed to in our big cities today. In pre-industrial European cities, sundown was still a boundary. Daytime was the world of work, leisure and reality, while nighttime embodied myths, imaginations and nightmares.

In this talk Professor Bastien will look at the history of this boundary, focusing mainly on the “creatures of the night” that peopled a system of extremely complex practices, beliefs and images devised to bring order to a harrowing world of darkness and dangers. He will discuss ghosts, demons and wonders, examining their origins and history in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, with particular attention to the impact and functions of this imaginary world today.


Pascal Bastien, Professor in the Faculty of History, Université du Québec à Montréal

Free activity
In French, followed by a bilingual question period
Spaces available per lecture: 40

Book now

History of the night

History of the Night is a series of talks offered in partnership with UQAM’s Research Group on the History of Sociabilities (GRHS).

See the program

Not to be missed!


Subscribe to our mailing list, and be the first to know about our exhibitions and activities.

Subscribe now!