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Dr Emilia Terracciano

Associate Lecturer
Emilia Terracciano

Emilia received a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and History of Art from University College London (2005) an MA (2007) and PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2013). She was the recipient of the Nehru Trust Award (2008) and the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award scholarship at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2008-12). Emilia acted as consultant for the British Museum acquisition team (2013) and junior cataloguer at the Victoria and Albert Museum, providing detailed descriptions of items stored in the South Asia collection of Modern and Contemporary art (2008-13).

Emilia has taught in various institutions including UCL, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, FADA (Kingston University) and Photographer’s Gallery.

She regularly contributes to the art press including Frieze, Modern Painters, Burlington Magazine, Caravan and Photomonitor.


MA History of Art, Documentary Reborn: Photography, Film and Video in Global Contemporary Art (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Recent Grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Ruskin School of Art

Publication Grants

John Fell Oxford University Press (OUP) Research Fund

Scouloudi Foundation in association with the Institute of Historical Research, London

Other professional activities

Co-lecturer with Prof Malcolm Bull (Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University) BFA year 2 course, Photography and Globalisation

Research Interests

  • History of photography
  • Globalisation and contemporary art
  • Postcoloniality in India
  • Coloniality and science fiction
  • Politics, laughter and the third world
  • Pan-Asianism and South-South relations

Recent Publications

In preparation

‘At home with the triffids: the plant worlds of Mrinalini Mukherjee 1960-70’, catalogue essay, MET Breuer, New York (forthcoming 2018)


Art and Emergency: Modernism in twentieth-century India, IB Tauris (forthcoming October 2017)

Published articles

‘Nasreen Mohamedi: Grey Matters’ in Painting in Twentieth century Indian Art (ed.) Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherjee and Rakhee Balaram, Skira Publishers, 2015

‘The Fugitive Lines: Nasreen Mohamedi 1960-70’, in Art Journal, 2014, pp 44-59

‘Of Mockery and Mimicking: Gaganendranath Tagore’s Critique of Bergson’s Laughter (1911)’ in Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World (ed.) Raminder Kaur, Oxford, Berg Press, 2014, pp 21-36

Reviews and catalogues

Mrinalini Mukherjee, Frieze Masters, October 2017

‘Dispelling the Myth of the “Positive Legacies’, review of Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past, Tate Britain, Third Text, 2016

‘Sonal Khullar, Worldly Affiliations, Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990, Art Bulletin, 98:2, pp.267-9

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