My main research strand focuses on the aesthetic, epistemological and societal implications of scientific visualization, particularly in the case of emerging technologies. I deploy visual culture, science and technology studies (STS) and critical theory to explore how images and perception work within systems of knowledge. In my scholarly and curatorial work to date, I am committed to study art-science cross-fertilization projects in their material environments (museums, laboratories, cities), to assess how they reconfigure existing forms of visibility, thinking and agency. I am interested in supervising research students in this research area.
I have two other research strands:
1. The first one uses Giorgio Agamben's philosophy to explore the ways in which an image (still or moving) makes meaning and the conditions under which power is to be found in each medium, thus binding the aesthetic to the political. The question of the status of a certain subject/object is one of the chief preoccupations in Agamben’s interventions in the fields of aesthetics and art, as in his reflections on politics. When it comes to aesthetics, I am interested in exploring how Agamben tackles the question of status in a literal sense: how do objects (e.g., images) come to acquire the power and authority they have? How can another object/subject/event disrupt this authority?
2. The second concerns the relationship between cinema and science beyond the paradigm of science fiction. Through the lens of the cinematic medium I analyse the categories of exploration, transmission and reconfiguration of scientific knowledge, using methods and approaches coming from film theory, visual culture and science and technology studies (STS).
During my Leverhulme Trust fellowship grant, I have completed my second book entitled "Giving Bodies back to Data. Image-makers, Bricolage and Reinvention in Magnetic Resonance Technology", an examination of the bodily, situated aspects of data-visualization work, looking at visualization practices around the development of MRI technology. The book is forthcoming with MIT Press, Leonardo Book Series (Spring 2021), series editors Sean Cubitt and Roger Malina.
Research Funding and Grants
Leverhulme Research Fellowship, June 2019 - May 2020, £ 54.652, project "From where do we see? Centre-Periphery in Biomedical Visualisation"
Kias Cluster Application, June 2020-2023, project "KNOW THYSELF AS A VIRTUAL REALITY", participation in the symposium and writing up the contextual essay for the project exhibition and the web platform. PI: Marilène Oliver, University of Alberta, Canada.
Aberdeen Humanities Fund Development Trust Research Awards, 2019
Brain Gain Fellowship at IUAV University (FSE Grant), 2019
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
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Courses taught since January 2015:
Introduction to Visual Culture (sub-honours course)
Introduction to Film (sub-honours course)
Honours Seminar: The Visual Culture of Medicine: Imaging the Body in-between Art and Science (open to medical humanities students)
Honours Seminar: Cinema and Science Beyond Fiction (open to medical humanities students)
MLitt in Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management
Contributing to the MLitt course Critical Approaches to Literature, Science and Medicine
Contributing to Visualising Revolution and Cinema and Modernity (sub-honours courses)
UG Dissertation Course
Supervision of Doctoral Students:
I am currently supervising the following doctoral students:
Eimear Kinsella (first supervisor)
Camilla Salvaneschi (co-supervisor)
Brian Keeley (co-supervisor)
Lee Hentze (second supervisor)