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Emilie Skulberg

PhD student


Supervisor: Richard Staley, Hasok Chang (advisor)
Thesis topic: images of black holes from the early 1960s to the present, focusing especially on imaging based on Event Horizon Telescope observations and the visual culture at the Black Hole Initiative (Harvard University)
Research interests: scientific imaging; history of astronomy, physics, and astrophysics
Contact: aegs2 AT

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 and organization

2018–: co-organizer of the HPS Workshop (a series of workshops for graduate students at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

2018–2019: co-organizer of the British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference 2019.

Lent and Easter terms 2018: supervisor of final year undergraduate students in the course "Science, Medicine, & Technology since 1900".