Light Cultures – Program


A foto taken from the Light Cultures Program

Source: Mikkel Bille

New Technologies, Aesthetics and Climate Policies

The conference Light Cultures will soon take place, and we are looking forward for an event which comprises of interesting discussions. The conference will take place on 8-9th, April, 2015 at Roskilde University, Building 02.


Light plays a fundamental role to human biology, aesthetics, and technological development. Yet as part of people’s social life it has drawn remarkably little attention in the social sciences. From a social perspective, natural and artificial light are phenomena that gain diverse cultural meanings and mediate values, most often at the margins of attention. But what constitutes “good lighting” may differ from culture to culture, or even between experts and users. This conference brings together scholars, artists and designers to present and discuss the social role and cultural appreciation and orchestration of light, shadows and darkness in the creation of atmospheres. Focus is on the three themes of cultural aesthetics, new technologies and climate policies to deal with the central question: how is social life shaped through light?

Organizer: Mikkel Bille


Professor Sarah Pink (RMIT)

Professor Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen)

Reader: Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Reader: Don Slater (London School of Economics)


Deadline for conference participation (free, no lunch included): March 22nd, 2015 to


The conference program can be viewed at the following link: Light culture program.


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