Casper Laing Ebbensgaard

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Biography

I am a cultural geographer and my research explores the aesthetic and affective politics of architecture, urban design and urban planning practice. I am particularly interested in the night-time of cities and how lighting technologies and infrastructures mediate our relations to our surroundings. Funded through a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020), I have been exploring the politics of nocturnal human-environment relations in the vertical city. As residential high-rise buildings are increasingly designed for the night, my research investigates how lighting technologies and infrastructures in the vertical city are incorporated into the everyday lives of its residents, and how domestic light and darkness shape how people form meaningful attachments to the places, people and things with which they dwell at night. This work extends a wider interest in the geographies of home, belonging, time and temporality. Through various research collaborations I have been exploring how residents living in neighbourhoods undergoing rapid and often quite violent forms of urban change make sense of the discontinuities of overlapping and intersecting temporalities.

My research is interdisciplinary and engages in a range of experimental collaborations with artists, the museum sector and art institutions. Through close collaboration with a number of photographers and sculptors, I have devised a method for co-producing artworks that emerge directly out of engagement with ethnographic research and research subjects. The artworks and research findings are disseminated through various public and non-academic channels, that include publications with Theatrum Mundi and our independent publication The Dark Preview (currently published in four volumes) and a public exhibition at Black Tower Projects.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research is primarily concerned with the role of technologies, architecture and infrastructure in mediating human-environment relations in cities. This work is widely informed by recent moves in cultural geography that draw on post/phenomenology, theories of affect and the ‘non-’ or ‘more-than-representational’ and science and technology studies (STS). I am particularly invested in a range of emerging (and maturing) sub-disciplinary research fields that include the geographies of architecture, verticality and high-rise urbanism, infrastructure, urban night and home and belonging. My research is predominantly ethnographic, drawing on a range of mobile and visual methods while experimenting with collaborative approaches to generating knowledge through close cooperation with visual artists and art institutions.

I was appointed Lecturer in Human Geography at University of East Anglia in 2020, having been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2018-2020), in which I explore how the surge in residential high-rise development in east London impact on residents’ sense of home and belonging at night. This work extends previous research I conducted at Queen Mary University of London (2016-2018) as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the ‘Home-City-Street’-project, which explored the lived experience of domestic dwelling in relation to the wider neighbourhood and city through a number of artist-led workshops and the production of a number of ‘home-city biographies’. I completed my Ph.D. at Queen University of London and Roskilde University (Denmark) in 2016, in which I explored how older residents living in the east London Borough of Newham experience changes in street lighting, in the public realm and in their domestic settings.

Keywords:

  • Geographies of architecture
  • Embodiment and everyday life
  • Urban design
  • Infrastructure
  • Urban nights
  • Urban lighting
  • Public space
  • Home and domesticity

Teaching Interests

I teach on a range of modules within the School, particularly on the BA and BSc Geography programmes.

I am the Deputy Course Director for BA Geography and the Deputy Module Organiser for the third-year undergraduate module 'New Geographies of the Anthropocene' (ENV-6032A) and the second-year undergraduate module ‘Constructing Human Geographies’ (ENV-5038A).

My office hours are Tuesdays, 1-3pm.

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