ESRC Seminar Series

Configuring Light/Staging the Social has received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to bring together practitioners from various areas – designers, architects, urban planners – with academics from a range of disciplines – sociology, anthropology, history, design – in a series of seminars over the course of three years. These seminars aim at enabling dialogue and debate on issues around light and lighting and will provide unique a platform for developing new and cutting edge projects and collaborations. The seminar themes reflect the diversity of issues within the overall programme and past events evolved around the following themes:

  •  ‘Configuring Light’, 24th April 2014, London School of Economics
  • ‘Lighting the Local’, 22th September 2014, London School of Economics
  • ‘Lighting Futures’, 19th February 2015, STO Werkstatt London
  • ‘Light and Sustainability: Concepts, Practices, Experiment’ 30th April 2015, hosted at the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) at University of Manchester
  • ‘Cities, Light, Technology’, 3rd December 2015, hosted by Philips at Philips Museum Eindhoven
  • ‘Light and Lighting Methodologies’, 3rd March 2016, London School of Economics
  • Light in Visual Culture, 14 September 2016, LSE
  • Histories of Light and Lighting, 17 November 2017, LSE
  • Light and Wellbeing, 27 April 2017, LSE


You can download the seminar reports below. The next seminar will take place in summer 2016, details will be published here in due course.

Project details

Project lead

Dr Joanne Entwistle


Dr Don Slater

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