Louise Milne is a visual anthropologist, a film-maker and a leading scholar in the history of dreams.
Originally from Lewis, she has been working and teaching in Edinburgh since the mid-1990s, playing an instrumental role in the development of various undergraduate and graduate programmes both at Edinburgh College of Art and at Edinburgh Napier University. Since 2015, she is Associate Professor of Film.
Her main scholarly contribution is Carnivals & Dreams. Pieter Bruegel and the History of the Imagination, a comprehensive study on the 17th century Flemish Renaissance artist, the first edition of which was funded by Leverhulme. A second edition, currently in its final revision stage, has obtained financial support from the Carnegie and Scouloudi trusts.
Alongside her academic work, Louise is an accomplished film-maker. Her first independent film, The Druids: Travels in Deep England, was supported by the BFI and Channel 4. Subsequently. Subsequently, her films have been chosen for screening at national and international festivals, such as the Alchemy Film Festival in Scotland and, most recently, the Main Film Festival, which Louise attended as an invited special guest in 2017.
In the last few years, she has been short-listed for an RAI prize, and appointed to the board of the International Association of Comparative Mythology, as editor of the Journal of Comparative Mythology, chief editor of Cosmos, and President of the Traditional Cosmology Society.
Louise is also a founder member of the Maths Meets Myth research network group. She has represented the University at public events and festivals, and also appeared as a BBC broadcaster.