Dr Annamaria Carusi

Reader in Medical Humanities, Honorary Reader in Philosophy & Co-Director Medical Humanities Sheffield

Annamaria CarusiDepartment of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
University of Sheffield
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)114 215 9517
Email: a.carusi@sheffield.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0)114 271 1863

Contact details in the Philosophy Department:

Room C15
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
S3 7QB


Previous Positions

  • Associate Professor in Philosophy of Medical Science and Technology; Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies, University of Copenhagen.
  • Professor II, Philosophy / Art and Media Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford e-Research Centre.
  • Lecturer in Literary Theory, University of South Africa.


  • Honorary Reader, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.
  • Visiting Fellow, Computational Cardiovascular Science Team, University of Oxford.

Research Interests:

I have a broad humanities background, ranging from philosophy to critical and literary theory. I am interested in connections between epistemic, social, ethical and aesthetic aspects of science, with a particular focus on material practices and technologies. My research is deeply influenced by phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty), and is also convergent with philosophy of science in practice, new experimentalism and new materialism. My recent research has focused on images, models, simulations and visualisations in the contemporary biosciences, and on the role of technologies in computationally intensive interdisciplinary settings. My work is highly interdisciplinary, and I have close collaborations in the broad field of science studies, as well as with scientists.

I am interested in supervising PhDs in any of the following areas:

  • social epistemology of modelling.
  • comparisons between different kinds of models in medical research.
  • social and philosophical aspects of images and visualisations.
  • technology mediated perception and knowledge, in particular with a phenomenological slant.
  • philosophy of medicine.

Students interested in researching these, or other topics in medical humanities, please contact me.

Current Projects:

I am currently developing research projects on:

  • philosophical, cultural and social aspects of personalised medicine.
  • comparing computational and animals models in biomedical sciences.
  • developing educational and training resources to deploy the humanities in interdisciplinary science.


For key publications see below.  For a full list of publications click here.

Journal articles


  • Carusi A (2016) Enactments of Systems Biology In Green S (Ed.), Philosophy of Systems Biology Perspectives from Scientists and Philosophers (pp. 59-67). Springer View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A (2016) Modelling systems biomedicine: Intertwinement and the ‘Real’ In Whitehead A & Woods A (Ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A & Hoel AS (2015) Thinking Technology with Merleau-Ponty, Post-phenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations Lexington Books RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A & Hoel AS (2014) Brains, Windows and Coordinate Systems In Carusi A, Hoel AS, Webmoor T & Woolgar S (Ed.), Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation London and New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A, Rodriguez B & Burrage K (2013) Model Systems in Computational Systems Biology In Duran J & Arnold E (Ed.), Computer Simulations and the Changing Face of Scientific Experimentation Cambridge Scholars Publishing View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A & Hoel AS (2013) Towards a New Ontology of Scientific Vision In Coopman C, Vertesi J, Lynch M & Woolgar S (Ed.), New Representations in Scientific Practice Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A (2012) From data archives to ethical labyrinths In Dicks B (Ed.), Qualitative Digital Social Research Methods Sage Publications RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A & Jirotka M (2010) Reshaping research collaboration: The case of virtual research environments, World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities (pp. 277-294). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • De Waard A, Shum SB, Carusi A, Park J, Samwald M & Sándor A (2009) Hypotheses, evidence and relationships: The HypER approach for representing scientific knowledge claims. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 523 RIS download Bibtex download


  • Carusi A, Darch P, Lloyd S, Jirotka M, de la Flor G, Schroeder R & Meyer E (2010) Shared Understandings in e-Science Projects RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carusi A & Reimer T (2010) VRE Collaborative Landscape Study RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Carusi A, Hoel AS, Webmoor T & Woolgar S (Eds.) (2014) Visualisation in the age of computerisation. London and New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download