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Dr Michaela Giebelhausen

Position in departmentDirector of the Centre for Curatorial Studies
Staff positionSenior Lecturer
Telephone01206 873445

Michaela Giebelhausen is Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies. She is an authority on museum architecture and on Pre-Raphaelite painting. Her monograph, Painting the Bible: Representation and Belief in mid-Victorian Britain, appeared in 2006. She edited and contributed to The Architecture of Museum: Symbolic Structures, Urban Contexts (2003), and co-edited with Tim Barringer Writing the Pre-Raphaelites (2009). She has published widely on museum architecture and is currently preparing the volume on the museum for Reaktion's Objekt series. Her latest research project focuses on the nineteenth-century destruction and transformation of Paris as manifested in photography and popular prints. She is a corresponding member of the

Centre André Chastel, Paris.


MA, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt

DPhil , Oxford University

Current research
  • The cultural significance of the museum
  • Museum architecture
  • Photography and the Paris Commune
Research interests
  • Museum architecture
  • Museum history and theory
  • Pre-Raphaelite painting
  • Victorian visual culture
  • Second Empire Paris
  • The Paris Commune
  • Photographic and graphic representations of nineteenth-century Paris
  • Urban ruination and decay
Teaching responsibilities

I supervise students on the MA schemes offered by the Centre for Curatorial Studies (CCS) and also teach one module for it,  AR910. My undergraduate teaching is in the areas of eighteenth and nineteenth-century art, I teach the module, Picturing Paris: the Capital of the Nineteenth Century (AR206) and take one or more classes on the first-year core module, The Enlightenment (CS101). I also regularly contribute to several of the first-year lecture series.

PublicationsLink to publications for Michaela Giebelhausen

From here to Eternity: Museums and Time

will be some keynote musings to be delivered at MUSEUM METAPHORS symposium at the University of Nottingham on 20 November 2013

Caught between the lines: disaster, spectacle and participation in Alphonse Liébert's Les Ruines de Paris (1871), AISU conference, Catania (September 2013), www.storiaurbana.org/index.php/en/congressi-uk/catania-2013-uk

'A Piece of Everton Toffee: Spiritual materialisations in William Holman Hunt’s portrait of Fanny', Keynote address delivered at Victorian Spiritualities, one-day colloquium, Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, Leeds (March 2012)

'Painting grief: William Holman Hunt's portrait of his wife Fanny', Jeudis de l'Art, Cycle de conférences en histoire de l’art, Institut catholique de Paris, Faculté des Lettres, Paris (March 2012)

'Anonymity, Authenticity and Meaning in the shooting of History: photography and the barricades of 1871', Cycle de rencontres scientifiques, Centre André Chastel, Paris (May 2012)

'Invisible cathedral: reconsidering the sacred in today's art museum', Sacred Traditions and the Arts, Seminar series, Courtauld Research Forum, London (October 2012)

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