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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study


Despite COVID-19, the IAS plans to hold a full programme of virtual lectures and seminars. Further events will be added to this page as they are scheduled.

Conceptualising Spaces of Light and Dark

14th January 2014, 10:00 to 17:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

Attendance is free but spaces are limited. Please contact the convenors, Rob Shaw ( and Ankit Kumar (, if you wish to attend.

10:00 Introduction
Light, Dark and Geography - Rob Shaw and Ankit Kumar, Durham University
10:15 Session 1 – Fragile Light
Light moments in dark times: Commuting, seasonality and habit. Brendan Doody, Durham University
Lighting and Solar Energy. Jamie Cross, Edinburgh University
The political ecology of lights out in Accra. Jonathan Silver, Durham University
Petromax: a story of light, culture and caste from rural Bihar. Ankit Kumar, Durham University
12:00 Break
12:15 Session 2 – Living in the Shadows
‘Dans le Noir’ Restaurants and Eating in the Dark. Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Levinas and Darkness. Paul Harrison, Durham University

13:15 Lunch

14:15 Session 3 – Affecting Light and Dark
Arts and Alternative Public Lighting. Casper Ebbensgaard, Queen Mary’s University 
Light as Sign. Sandra Bell, Durham University
Art and Dark Landscapes. Nina Morris, Edinburgh University
Darkness in the Home. Robert Shaw, Durham University

16:00 Coffee

16:15 Session 4 – Dark Reflections
Reflections/Discussion. Pete Adey, Royal Holloway University, London

To be followed by a general discussion, ending by 17:00

Joint funded by the Institute of Advanced Study and the Urban Worlds research cluster in the Department of Geography.

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