Medarbejdere ved Institut for Psykologi – Københavns Universitet

Kasper Levin

Kasper Levin


Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Research fields

  • Phenomenological perspectives on cognitive, developmental and social psychology
  • The relationship between sociocultural movements and subjective corporeality
  • Bodily awareness, intentionality and kinaesthetic dialogue
  • The role of art and aesthetics in subjectivity
  • 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 pre-reflective aspects of consciousness and selfhood as well as the sociocultural materiality of subjectivity. His studies are based on an interdisciplinary approach to perception, sensation and embodied cognition, combining phenomenology, cognitive science, developmental psychology and cultural theory.

A major focus of Kasper Levin’s research are 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 to develop a psychology with art, rather than of art, he investigates the primacy of art in different conceptualizations of subjectivity in authors such as Sigmund Freud, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari among others.

Kasper's current research is primarily focused on the research project “Motor dialogue and motor intentions in early infancy”  headed by Professor Simo Køppe. Through an interdisciplinary combination of phenomenological qualitative coding, quantitative kinematic computations and epistemological analyses the project investigates the role of movement in infant-caretaker dialogue. His primary contribution to the project is aimed at applying aesthetic models of rhythm to the development of systematic coding of crossmodal and amodal affective processes in kinaesthetic dialogue.


Current research projects

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


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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