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Emilie Skulberg

PhD student

College: St John's
Supervisor: Richard Staley, Hasok Chang (advisor)
Thesis topic: images of black holes from the early 1960s to the present, focusing especially on the Event Horizon Telescope observation and imaging at the Black Hole Initiative (Harvard University)
Research interests: scientific imaging; history of astronomy, physics, and astrophysics
Contact: aegs2\at\cam\dot\ac\dot\uk

Selected presentations

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Working Group on the History of the Physical Sciences): "Building Around a Black Hole: Materiality and Embodiment in Visual Representations of Black Holes, c. 1965-2017", presentation and discussion of MPhil dissertation and PhD project (19 October 2017).

Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University: "The History of Images in Black Hole Research", presentation at the BHI Colloquium (10 October 2017).

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge: "The Illustris Project: mimesis and the simulation of the cosmos", conference presentation at The Matter of Mimesis. Studies of mimesis and materials in nature, art and science (18 December 2015).

Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus Universitet: "The Illustris Visualizations", conference presentation at More Than Pretty Pictures: The Aesthetics of Data Representation (14 April 2015).


Co-authored with Martin Sparre and Kristin Veel, “Visualizing the Time Evolution of the Universe: Mimesis and Data Visualizations from the Cosmological Simulation Illustris”: book chapter in The Matter of Mimesis, edited by Emma Spary and Marjolijn Bol, Brill (in review, expected 2019/2020).

Co-authored with Martin Sparre, "A Negative of a Black Hole": research article on the history of visualizations from simulations of black holes (in preparation).

Teaching 2017-2018

Science, Medicine, & Technology since 1900 (supervisor).


MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge; MA in Modern Culture, University of Copenhagen (including academic internship at the Niels Bohr Institute); BA in Art History, University of Copenhagen (including exchange at the University of Oslo).