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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - The contested aesthetics of illumination: class, taste and forms of local and vernacular creativity

17th February 2014, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Dr Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Abstract: Looking at Christmas light displays and Blackpool Illuminations, this presentation will investigate the extent to which design orthodoxy, increasingly global in scope, is producing nocturnal landscapes of homogeneity. In contrast to these taste-ful strategies, there are local and popular forms of illumination. I focus on how such forms are represented in popular media discourse and explore how they might interrogate the cosmopolitan approaches of professionals and taste-makers.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.