Dr SILVIA CASINI

Lecturer

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272161
Email: silvia.casini@abdn.ac.uk
Address: School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
Old Brewery, n°11
Aberdeen, AB24 3UB
 
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Biography

Queen’s University Belfast, Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies (2008). 

Dissertation: “The Aesthetics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Setting MRI in Motion from the Scientific Laboratory to an Art Exhibition” (funded by AHRC)

Ca’ Foscari University, M.A. and B.A. in Philosophy with honors, cum laude (2001).

Research Interests

Visual culture of contemporary science and medicine, scientific imaging techniques and their visual epistemologies, public engagement with science through the arts, the gesture in experimental moving image works, sensory studies.

My research focuses on the aesthetic, epistemological and societal implications of scientific visualization, particularly in the case of emerging technologies such as brain imaging and nanotechnologies. I am interested in exploring art-science cross-fertilization projects in their material environments (museums, laboratories, cities), assessing if and how they reconfigure existing forms of visibility, thinking and agency.

Research Grants

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, 2017, project "Visualising Data: A study of biomedical imaging practices in Scottish MRI innovation, past and present"

Scottish Crucible grant, 2016, project "Harvesting Collections for Social and Scientific Benefit: Hidden
Stories at the Herbarium of RBGE" in collaboration with Glasgow University and RBGE

National Science Foundation grant, CNS-ASU, 2013
Grant to attend the Winter School on Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies, Phoenix, USA

Italian Society for the Study of Science and Technology, 2011
Travelling and Accommodation grant to attend the PCST Conference, Florence, Italy

Summer School in Medicine and New Media, 2008
Travelling and accommodation grant, Centre for the History of Medicine, Warwick, UK

European Science Foundation, 2006
Travelling and accommodation grant for the conference Reading Images, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassennar, The Netherlands

Research Grant Queen’s University, Belfast, 2006
Research grant for a 3-month-stay at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Communication, USA

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2004
Scholarship to undertake research at doctoral level, UK

Teaching Responsibilities

Introduction to Visual Culture

Introduction to Film

Honours Seminar: The Visual Culture of Medicine: Imaging the Body in-between Art and Science

Honours Seminar: Cinema and Science Beyond Science Fiction

Contributing to the MLitt in Film and Visual Culture )

Contributing to the MLitt course Critical Approaches to Literature, Science and Medicine

Public Engagement and Outreach Initiatives

2014: Consultant for A.M. Qattan Foundation (London and Ramallah). Seminar series on art-science cross-fertilization and initial fieldwork with stakeholders for the creation of a science centre in Ramallah, Palestine.

2012-2013: Scientific coordinator of Arscientia (Venice, Italy) (www.arscientia.eu)

Recent Conference Papers and Presentations

‘The Potential of Life: Objects and Scenarios in between Design and Neuroscience’ Life, in Theory. Society for Literatures, Science and the Arts, Turin, June 2014

‘The Visual Arts and Science’, lecture series Interdisciplinary Adventures for Visual Arts, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, December 2013

‘Esperimenti di qualità: pubblici museali e cultura scientifica’, Associazione Nazionale Musei della Scienza (ANMS), Natural History Museum, Venice, November 2013

‘Guided by pictures: from Jean-Luc Godard to Brain Scans’, Visual Studies as an Academic Discipline, Zagreb, November 2013

‘Imaginaire scientifique, divulgation et comportements du public: résultats d’étude du Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Venise’, Teaching module (4 hours) for museum professionals Entre images, imagination et imaginaire : le son et la lumière dans l’exposition,OCIM, Toulouse, February 2013

‘Performing the aesthetics of science: visitors' discourses, movements and gestures in the Museum of Natural History in Venice’, Quality Honesty and Beauty in Science Communication, PCST Public Communication of Science and Technology, Florence, May 2012

‘The scan-portrait: geographies and geometries of perception’, The Vital Body, the Sensous Body: Interventions in the Photographic, University of Lund, April 2012

‘Freeing gestures from images in selected cinematic practices’, Image as Gesture. Nomadikon, Bergen, November 2011

‘Curating the Biomedical Archive-fever’ Contemporary Biomedical Science and Technology as a Challenge to Museums, (EAMHMS), Copenhagen, September 2010

‘Facing Nanoart: a New Aesthetic and Epistemology of the Surface?’ Textures. (SLSA), Riga, June 2010

Publications 

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