Staff overview – University of Copenhagen

Louise Emma Whiteley

Louise Emma Whiteley

Associate Professor

I’m an Associate Professor in Medical Science Communication at Medical Museion and the NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, and my position involves research, teaching, and museum work. One of my key research interests is how biomedical research that implicates the mind affects peoples' understandings of themselves, in part through its representation in popular culture. A second key research interest is how museum exhibitions, artworks, and performance can engage with and illuminate the relationship between science and the subjective experiences it invokes, acting as a form of public research that allows different disciplinary practices to 'make something together'.

My current project is a combined exhibition and research study, focusing on how science has attempted to understand our 'gut feelings' over time. In particular, the implications of contemporary research into connections between the brain, gut, and microbiome for understandings of mental illness. The exhibition we are currently producing, Mind the Gut, is supported by the Bikuben Vision prize 2015, and involves a 'co-curation' process that invites artists and scientists to join the curatorial team. We are also researching this process, investigating how the co-curation methodology might push the boundaries between science, art, and cultural history exhibitions. 

I’m also interested in the ethics of science communication as public engagement, and the conflicts of motivation that can occur when public engagement draws on or intersects with artistic methods.


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Displaying the researched body: Growing cell portraits in a medical museum

    Whiteley, L., Tybjerg, K. & Pedersen, B. V., 1 Feb 2017, In : Leonardo & Leonardo Music Journal. 50, 1, p. 86-87 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Co-Curation as Hacking: Biohackers in Copenhagen’s Medical Museion

    Davies, S. R., Tybjerg, K., Whiteley, L. E. & Söderqvist, T., 2015, In : Curator: The Museum Journal. 58, 1, p. 117-131

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Resisting the Revelatory Scanner: Critical Engagements with fMRI in Popular Media

    Whiteley, L. E., 2012, In : BioSocieties. 7, 3, p. 245-272

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Public Science Communication

    Whiteley, L. E., 2015, RCR – A Danish textbook for courses in Responsible Conduct of Research. Jensen, K. K., Whiteley, L. & Sandøe, P. (eds.). 1st edition ed. Frederiksberg, p. 90-107

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterEducation

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