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Lars Frers

Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science
Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies
Campus Notodden (S-437D)
My main interest as teacher and researcher is to understand, present and critique how our surroundings shape the way we interact with others. In the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings we experience and (re)produce social control – as children, as handicapped people, and so forth. We do this in interaction with things and in the context of spatio-temporal arrangements. How is this control established through our senses? How can we notice and act upon something that is “in” our senses and bodies? To get a grip on these questions, I often make use of visual and mobile methods, putting the body into focus and thus studying the way it moves through and relates to its surroundings. Since we experience more than mere materiality or “stuff”, I also engage with experiences of absence and with the sense-making that is established through movements themselves.

Responsibilities

Competences

Research areas

qualitative methods; space–materiality–mobility; body & the senses; phenomenology & ethnomethodology; urban studies; heritage; social control & resistance; absence; climate change

Research projects & networks

2015: member of Telemark University College’s research committee

Peer review for: Theory, Culture & Society; Cultural Geographies; Qualitative Sociology; Space and Culture; Urban Studies; Current Sociology; Nature and Culture; Transfers; Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie; Sosiologisk Tidsskrift; Ambiance; Kriminologisches Journal; FORMakademisk; Europa Regional; Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidsskrift; Norsk Pedagogisk Tidsskrift; Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift; and for Ashgate Publishers.

Co-advisor for finished PhDs: Melissa A. Murphy (NMBU), Karin Hognestad (USN), Marit Bøe (USN)

CV

I studied sociology at Universität Kiel, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin (all in Germany) and at Indiana Unversity Bloomington (USA). I received my diploma (MA) from Freie Universität in 2002. At Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) I had a PhD scholarship and received a PhD (Dr. phil.) in sociology in 2006. Afterwards I worked as janitor, and as postdoc and researcher in several institutions: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Universitet i Oslo, Arkitektur- og Designhøgskolen and at Universität Hamburg. From 2012 onwards I had a permanent position at USN’s forerunner Telemark University College, where I was promoted to full professor in 2014. I also had a position as professor for qualitative methods at NTNU’s Department of Sociology and Political Science from 2014-2015.

For a full cv, more information and direct download links for my publications see my personal website.

Publications

Check out the publications profile at Cristin (Norwegian, includes presentations) or Google Scholar.