Silvia Casini

Associate Professor

Department of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen (UK)


Silvia Casini is Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen (UK) where she teaches courses to students in the humanities and in the life sciences, besides coordinating the intercalated medical humanities degree.

Her main research strand focuses on the aesthetic, epistemological and societal implications of scientific visualization, particularly in the case of emerging technologies.

She deploys visual culture, science and technology studies (STS) and aesthetics to explore how (still and moving) images and perception work within systems of knowledge. Her research, supported by grants coming from, among others, The Leverhulme Trust, the AHRC and the Carnegie Trust features in international journals such as Configurations, Leonardo, Contemporary Aesthetics, Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, Studi di Estetica, The Senses and Society.

In her curatorial work to date, she is committed to study art-science fertilization projects in their material environments (museums, laboratories, cities) to assess how the reconfigure existing forms of visibility, thinking and agency.

Recent Publications

(2021) Casini, S., Giving Bodies back to Data. Image-makers, Data and Reinvention in Magnetic Resonance Technology, MIT Press.

(2016) Casini, S., Il ritratto scansione. Immaginare il cervello tra neuroscienza e arte, Mimesis Edizioni.

(2022) Casini, S., A Missed Encounter between Species: the Interplay of Scientific Realism and Aesthetics in Painlevé’s Cinematographic Experiments on the Octopus, in “Studi di Estetica Journal”, 25 (4).

(2022) Casini, S., Images, Data-Visualization and the Narratives they Create: The Narrative Function of Images in Fostering MRI Innovation, in Giannini, G., Valleriani, M. and Giannetto, E. (Eds.), Scientific Visual Representations in History, Springer Nature, pp. 238-261.

(2022) Casini, S., The Space between Bodies: Exploring Contagion without Contact from Cohl’s Animated Cephaloscope (1910) to Feuerstein’s Borgy & Bes (2018), in Cubitt, S. and Catricalà, V., (Eds.), Art in the Age of Ubiquitous Media, in “VCS. Visual Culture Studies”, 3 (4), pp. 33- 57.

(2021) Casini, S., What Counts as Data and for Whom? The Role of the Modest Witness in Art-Science Collaboration, in “The Routledge Handbook of Art, Science and Technology Studies”, pp. 49-62.

(2019) Casini, S., Phantasmata of Dance: Time and Memory within Choreographic Constraints”, in “Forum for Modern Language Studies”, Oxford University Press, 55(3), pp. 325-338.

(2017) Casini, S., Beyond the Neuro-Realism Fallacy: From John R. Mallard’s Hand-painted MRI Image of a Mouse to BioArt Scenarios, in “Special Number on material and visual aspects of neuroscience in the 20th century. Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science”, 32 (2), pp. 440-471.

(2017) Casini, S., Synaesthesia, transformation and synthesis: toward a multi-sensory pedagogy of the image, in “The Senses and Society”, 12 (1), pp. 1-17.

(2022) Toschi, D., Casini, S. and Cati, A., The Representation and Care of Illness. Visual Culture, Trauma, and Medical Humanities, in “CINÉMA & CIE”, 22 (39), N-A.


(2019) Casini, S., Di Blasio, F. and Perletti, G., Nuove cartografie corporee: Dal molare al molecolare, dal corpo trasparente a quello potenziale, in “Elephant&Castle Laboratorio dell’Immaginario”, 22, pp. 4-26.