Louise Milne

Louise Milne

Dr Louise Milne

Associate Professor


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.

Research Areas



26 results

An instrument in the shape of a women: the real nonsense of Eva Hesse.

Milne, L. (2009)
An instrument in the shape of a women: the real nonsense of Eva Hesse. In E. L. Mckinnon, E. Bronfen, L. Milne, & H. A. Molesworth (Eds.), Eva Hesse Spectres 1960Yale Universtiy Press

Spirits and Other Worlds in Nightmare Imagery

Journal Article
Milne, L. (2008)
Spirits and Other Worlds in Nightmare Imagery. Cosmos : the yearbook of the Traditional Cosmology Society, 24, 177-210

Carnivals and dreams; Pieter Bruegel and the history of the imagination.

Milne, L. (2006)
Carnivals and dreams; Pieter Bruegel and the history of the imagination. MUTUS LIBER PRESS

On the side of the angels.

Milne, L. (2003)
On the side of the angels. In J. Lingwood (Ed.), Susan Hiller: recall: selected works, 1969-2004, 139-155. Gateshead: Baltic & Porto: Museu de Arte ... & Basel: Kunsthalle
Contribution to the catalogue of an exhibition of art by Susan Hiller, held at the Baltic, Gateshead, May 1 - July 18, 2004, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, O...

A boat retold.

Milne, L. (2010)
A boat retold
On the isle of Lewis in the oUter Hebrides, artist and poet Ian Stephen, writer Robert NacFarlane and others tell stories in and around the wooden fishing boat, Broad Bay, ret...

The Druids, Travels in deep England.

Milne, L. (2010)
The Druids, Travels in deep England
The Druids is an exploration of neo-pagan magical belief in the 21st Century. Shot over three years in Somerset, England, this ethnographic documentary follows a group of mode...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Hannah Boaden MPhil
  • Richard Ashrowan
  • Autumn Laraine MacKey
  • Ching Yu Chang MPhil
  • Mike Bowdige