Dr Michaela Giebelhausen

Course Leader BA (Hons) Culture Criticism and Curation

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Michaela is an art historian, with research interests in the architecture of the city, the aesthetics of decay and destruction, documentary photography, the history of collections and contemporary dance. I’ve published on Pre-Raphaelite painting, museum architecture, photography and the Paris Commune.

Research interests

Pre-Raphaelite painting, museum architecture, photography and the Paris Commune.

Research statement

I am completing a book on the museum as an instrument of modernity which explores the museum's claim to modernity, and investigates a broad range of museums, including fine art museums, natural history museums, and museums of history and ethnography. It also considers the gradual dematerialisation of the museum in the age of ever-growing digital data sets.

I am also working on representations of Paris and of the 1871 Paris Commune in photographs and popular prints. I investigate how the ruins of Paris constructed a different kind of tourism which oscillated between war reportage, time travel, and meditations on culture's rise and fall.

I am developing a new major project on representations of wilderness. The project is conceived as transnational and interdisplinary. It will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines as well as museum practitioners, wildlife conservationists, taxidermists, and artists. It charts the journey from the wild to the adopted habitat, be that indoors or out.

I am interested in supervising PhD students pursuing research in the fields of Victorian visual culture, museum history and theory, representations of Paris, aesthetics of decay and destruction, early photography and concepts of natural history and wilderness.

Students

Julia Dudkiewicz, An Examination of the Multiple Histories of Kelmscott Manor (1871-1938): Myth and History. The Creation, Presentation and Representation of an Artists’ House.

Richard Crawford, Taxidermy and Art. 

Selected research outputs