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Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic Lecture/ Debate/Seminar


A research seminar to celebrate the launch of Rethinking Darkness: Cultures, Histories, Practices. Edited by Professor Nick Dunn (Lancaster University) and Professor Tim Edensor (IPM/MMU), the book examines the concept of darkness through a range of cultures, histories, practices and experiences. It engages with darkness beyond its binary positioning against light to advance a critical understanding of the ways in which darkness can be experienced, practised and conceptualised. Offering a rich exploration of an emergent field of study across the social sciences and humanities.

During this special research seminar we look to introduce you to this comprehensive book and explore darkness through different lens.

The webinar has a packed and engaging schedule bringing together both editors as well several chapter authors to traverse the different ideas and theories within the diverse field of darkness.

Seminar Schedule

Part One

Tim Edensor - Rationale for the book, experiences of light, diverse encounters with darkness
Nick Dunn - Walking in the dark
April Nowell and Nancy Gonlin - Histories of darkness
Ankit Kumar darkness in rural India

Part Two

Katrin Lund - Sensory experiences of darkness in Iceland
Martin Welton - Theatrical uses of darkness
Natalie Marr - Artistic/photographic approaches in Galloway Dark Sky Park

Event (Seminar)

TitleRethinking Darkness
LocationInstitute of Place Management
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event