Louise Milne

Louise Milne

Dr Louise Milne

Associate Professor

Biography

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.

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One, Two, Three, Many: Dream-Culture, Charms and Nightmares

Book Chapter
Milne, L. S. (2019)
One, Two, Three, Many: Dream-Culture, Charms and Nightmares. In E. Pocs, J. Kapaló, L. S. Milne, & C. Somerville (Eds.), Charms and Charming: Studies on Magic in Everyday Life, (129-167). Ljubljana: Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Researchers may focus on charms as evidence about belief-systems in particular regions, periods or demographics; for insights into wider theoretical issues in the anthropology...

Charlie Chaplin Lived here (UK Premiere)

Exhibition / Performance
Milne, L., & Martin, S. Charlie Chaplin Lived here (UK Premiere)
[Film]. Exhibited at Exeter Phoenix, Exeter. 2 November 2019. (Unpublished
UK Premiere of my feature documentary film, organised in association with the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter. A loving and affectionate tribute exploring Sc...

Nightmares and Other Doubles: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on the Visual Culture of Self-shattering Dreams and Visions

Presentation / Conference
Milne, L. (2019, September)
Nightmares and Other Doubles: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on the Visual Culture of Self-shattering Dreams and Visions. Paper presented at Dream Cultures: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, University of Helsinki, Finland
The nightmare is a form of “affect-laden” or “self-shattering” dream, wherein the dreamer awakens in a state of high emotional disturbance. Such dreams include initiation and/...

Underworld

Exhibition / Performance
Milne, L. Underworld. 24 June 2019. (Unpublished)

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Milne, L. Underworld. 24 June 2019. (Unpublished
Underworld is a sound sculpture installation-experience by Louise Milne and Clive MacLachlan Powell. The project draws on Milne's research into the prehistory of dreams and n...

Dreams and Nightmares in Visual Representation

Presentation / Conference
Milne, L. (2019, May)
Dreams and Nightmares in Visual Representation. Presented at Postgraduate Symposium
A symposium including presentations on work-in-progress by doctoral candidates, Masters by research, and students studying Taught Postgraduate programmes in: Art History; Art,...

Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev: A Journey

Digital Artefact
Milne, L., & Martin, S. (2018)
Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev: A Journey
30 mins A commission from Criterion film for a special release of Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev A poetic documentary about the making of Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev, with n...

Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams

Digital Artefact
Milne, L., & Martin, S. (2018)
Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams
Lanterna Magicka comprises film makers Louise Milne and Sean Martin. Currently in production, their film Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams, is a critical account of the great direct...

Eidolon

Digital Artefact
Milne, L. (2018)
Eidolon. [Film]
10 mins, experimental Super 8 film Eidolon: dream image, apparition, phantom, ghost. Three dreams in three voices navigate a garden of forking paths. With texts from Horace, ...

The Terrors of the Night: Charms against the Nightmare and the Mythology of Dreams

Journal Article
Milne, L. S. (2017)
The Terrors of the Night: Charms against the Nightmare and the Mythology of Dreams. Incantatio : An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming, 6, 78-116. https://doi.org/10.7592/incantatio2017_6_milne
This article takes a semiotic and structuralist approach to understanding the characteristic nightmare package of imagery, or image-constellation, which appears also in charms...

Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams

Exhibition / Performance
Milne, L. Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams. 17 May 2017. (Unpublished)

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Milne, L. Tarkovsky: Cinema of Dreams. 17 May 2017. (Unpublished
Symposium and screening held at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Screening of video interviews from the ATCD archive and introduced the archive alongside invited responses from local a...

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