ESRC8 Histories of Light and Lighting
Histories of light and lighting
8th ESRC Seminar by Configuring Light/Staging the Social
17 November 2016, 1.15pm-5.15pm, London School of Economics and Political Science
Historical transformations in lighting are frequently associated with fundamental revolutions in the structures of everyday life, governance, economy and culture, from fire, to public lighting innovations in gas, electric, LED. Scholarship on diverse aspects of these transformations - infrastructure histories, the history of night, science and technology studies, etc - have never quite gelled into a history of light and lighting as such and lighting professionals - highly aware of the importance of historical insights - tend to use history anecdotally.
Can we imagine more authoritative narratives and more shared agendas for historical studies of light and lighting? What can histories of lighting tell us about contemporary developments in public realm lighting?
This seminar, the eighth Configuring Light gathering funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), draws together scholars and practitioners to focus on asking what kinds of historical studies can make a difference to our understanding and shaping of light.
About the Configuring Light/Staging the Social ESRC Seminar Series
This event has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is the eighth in a three-year seminar series of the Configuring Light/Staging the Social seminar programme. Configuring Light is a research programme housed between the London School of Economics (Don Slater) and King’s College London (Joanne Entwistle) For more information, see our website www.configuringlight.org