Dr Emilia Terracciano

Lecturer in Modern Art History

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Emilia Terracciano is a writer and a lecturer in the history of art. Her research interests lie in modern and contemporary art with a focus on the global south. Currently she is working on a monograph about art, nature and futurities in the global south. 

Emilia studied Philosophy and History of Art at University College London (BA Hons) and completed her MA and PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She was the recipient of the Nehru Trust Award (2008) and the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award scholarship at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2008-2012). At the V&A, under the supervision of Senior Curator Divia Patel, she compiled a detailed report about the items contained in the South Asia collection (ca.200), one of the largest in Europe.  

Before joining Manchester, Emilia was the Bowra Fellow in the Humanities and Global South at Wadham College and Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. She previously held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2015-18).

She has delivered talks and contributed to symposia at CMAP MoMA, New York, Yale Center for British Art at Yale University and London, Science Museum in collaboration with Alkazi Foundation, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Modern, Drawing Room, Photographer's Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Lahore Biennale LB01, Colombo Art Biennale and The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. 

She was a member of The New North and South network, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme. NNS brought prominence to the work of leading Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and UK artists and included new artistic commissions, exhibitions and performances in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and in Colombo, Dhaka, Lahore, Karachi and Kochi. 

In 2020 she will be taking part in a seminar series devoted to the theme of the Global Plantation at Princeton University.

Emilia frequently collaborates with artists, curators and gallerists based in the UK, India and Pakistan and writes for the art press. Seleceted international commissions include: Met Breuer New York, the Pakistan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia and Frieze Masters, London.

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