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School of History

Dr Amanda Sciampacone


Teaching Fellow

Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.10


I am an art historian who explores the intersections between British art, visual culture, medicine, and the environment in the long nineteenth century. I received my PhD in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick.

Undergraduate Teaching

HST4321: Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801

HST4606: A Visual History of London

HST4621: History in Practice

HST4622: Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History

HST5370: Art and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France

HST5606: London and its Museums

HST5615: Race and the Desire for Difference

HST6378: Modern Art in Britain, Europe, and America: 1900-1950

HST6385: Visualising Disease in Victorian Britain


Research Interests:

British art and visual culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; history of medicine and science; epidemic disease and the British Empire; environmental humanities; museum studies; imperialism and collections; visual technologies; print and material cultures.



'"Epidemics in a Mist": Medical Climatology and Cholera in Victorian Visual Culture,' Journal of Victorian Culture, 25, no. 4 (2020): 492-511.

'Matter Pictured in its Place: Cholera and the Slums of London,' Dandelion: Postgraduate Arts Journal and Research Network 4, no. 1 (2013): 1–19.

'Urban Ruin: James Baillie Fraser's Representation of the Black Hole Memorial of Calcutta,' Third Text 25, no. 6 (2011): 751–762. 

'Material Value and Immaterial Vision: The Role of Real and Represented Gems in the Gospels of Saint-Médard of Soissons,' Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 42 (2011): 1–35.

Exhibition Guides

Art, Air and Illness, Coventry: University of Warwick, 2018. Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Art, Air and Illness' shown at the Lanchester Research Gallery.

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