Configuring Light Seminar – 24th April 2014


With essays marked and students off doing whatever students do over Easter, it’s been a nice opportunity for me to get some thinking done this week! As such this week I’ve been mainly working on the ideas for first seminar of the Configuring Light  ESRC seminar series, at which I’ll be speaking on April 24th at the LSE. The seminar series promises to continue to drive forward some of the momentum in lighting research across social science that has emerged over the past few years, and this first session is all about exploring possible angles and research agendas.  I’ve copied the schedule below – I’m very excited to hear from Mikkel Bille in particular, whose recent paper ‘Lighting Up Cosy Atmospheres in Denmark‘ explores how the home is shaped by the interaction of light and dark, a topic I’m also interested in following.

The morning sessions are open to all, with the second half targeted at a more specialist academic audience. If you want to attend this part, email the Configuring Light people – details of how to do this are here.



Configuring Light Seminar 1, 24th April

10:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion ‘Lighting London’, Venue: Room 9.04, Research Centre Meeting Suite, 9th Floor LSE Tower 2

This panel discussion introduces light and lighting design to contemporary themes and concerns in urban planning for a 21st century metropolis by placing it into the context of the City of London. It is chaired by Ricky Burdett, director of LSE Cities, and will host major figures within urban planning, design and architecture: Peter Rees, Professor of Places and City Planning at UCL Faculty of the Built Environment and former City Planning Officer at the City of London, Eric Parry, Head Architect at Eric Parry Architects and Keith Bradshaw, Principal Light Designer at Speirs+Major. This part of the seminar is open to the public and you are automatically registered for it.

13:00 – 17:30 Seminar, Venue: Room G.03, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields Building

13:00 – 14:30 Panel I: Light as Social Practice

  • Elizabeth Shove, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University Social theories of practice and energy demand: what is lighting for?
  • Rob Shaw, Department of Geography, Durham University, Geographies of affect, light and dark
  • Mikkel Bille, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Anthropologies of light and domesticity

14:45 – 16:15 Panel II: Light as Social Product

  • Alison Clarke, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Histories of social science in design
  • Kevin Mansfield, Faculty of the Built Environment, The Bartlett School, Pedagogies of lighting and the built environment
  • Sean Cubitt, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, Media and cultural studies of electrification

16:30 – 17:30 Closing Remarks
Adam Greenfield, Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities and Satu Streatfield, Light Designer Speirs+Major

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