The article traces a relationship between places, space and madness at the origins of modernity. From this point of view, the author reads madness as the refusal of a universal and disembodied reason. Such a refusal means also the claim to a plurality of places against the unique space, at the same time as the modernity organizes itself in a spatial sense along lines of separation and closure whose paradigm is the modern State. Moving from these premises the final part of the article considers the difficulty of contemporary States to govern the international migrations, literally the displaced people who contradict the assumption of immobility as the basis of modern State. Is this a revenge of places on space?

Keywords: Places; Space; Displaced; Madness; Modernity.