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Kasper Levin

Kasper Levin


Primary fields of research

Research fields

  • The role of art and aesthetics in subjectivity.
  • The relationship between sociocultural movements and subjective corporeality.
  • Bodily awareness, intentionality and kinaesthetic dialogue.
  • Phenomenological perspectives on cognitive, developmental and social psychology.
  • Theory of science and history of ideas.


Research group memberships

  • Babylab, Centre for Infant Research (Dept. of Psychology)
  • Personality psychology – Subjectivity, Sensing and Sensuality (Dept. of Psychology)
  • Sciences of the sensible project (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Existential psychology (Roskilde University)


Research: brief description

Kasper Levin is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen. His research revolves around art, aesthetics, the sociocultural materiality of subjectivity as well as the pre-reflective aspects of consciousness and selfhood. His studies are based on an interdisciplinary approach to sensation, perception and embodied cognition, combining aesthetics, phenomenology, cognitive science, developmental psychology and cultural theory.

A major focus of Kasper Levin’s research is the aesthetic features immanent to psychological and philosophical models of the mind and the expressive aspects in movement and affect. He is particularly interested in the relationship between larger social, cultural or aesthetic movements and subjective corporeal movement or "style". In his PhD-project he studied the role of aesthetic movements among children diagnosed with ADHD. Empirically the study investigated the relation between expressive movement, embodiment and subjectivity among children diagnosed with ADHD practicing the Brazilian martial art capoeira.

Another trajectory in Kasper Levin’s research is the role of art in the conceptualization of sensation, movement and subjectivity. In the effort of developing a psychological practices with art, rather than of art, he investigates the primacy of art in different conceptualizations of subjectivity in authors such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Henri Maldiney, Erwin Straus, Erin Manning and Brian Massumi among others.

Kasper's current research is primarily focused on the research project “Aesthetic experience and the pre-reflective self. An investigation in phenomenological psychology”. Based on phenomenological qualitative interviews, his role in this project is to investigate affective and pre-personal notions of temporality in aesthetic experiences of rhythm.

Another focus of his workis associated to the research project “Motor dialogue and motor intentions in early infancy”  headed by Professor Simo Køppe. His primary contribution to the project is aimed at applying aesthetic models of rhythm, refrain and motif to the development of systematic coding of crossmodal and amodal affective processes in kinaesthetic infant-caretaker dialogue.


Current research projects

  • Aesthetic experience and pre-reflective components of perception in encounters with works of art.
  • The relationship between rhythm, expressive timing and cross-modal intentionality in the embodied infant-caretaker dialogue.
  • The role of art and aesthetics in scientific practices.
  • The role of science and philosophy in artistic and aesthetic practices.


Selected publications

Levin, K. (2016). Aesthetic movements of embodied minds: between Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze. Continental Philosophy Review, 49(2), 181–202. doi:10.1007/s11007-016-9376-2

Levin, K. (2013). Becoming Worthy of What Happens to Us: Art and Subjectivity in the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. In T. Roald & J. Lang (Eds.), Art and Identity: Essays on the Aesthetic Creation of Mind (Consciousness, Literature & the Arts) (pp. 135–167). Amsterdam & New York: Editions Rodopi B.V.

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