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Dr Sabine Wieber

Dr Sabine Wieber

Lecturer in History of Art, Architecture, and Design



PhD, History of Art, University of Chicago, 2004
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Oxford and London, 2004-2007

Lecturer, History of Art, Roehampton University, London, 2007-2009

Lecturer, History of Art, University of Glasgow, 2009-present

Co-Curator of ‘Madness & Modernity: Kunst und Wahn in Wien um 1900’, Wien Museum, Vienna, 16 February-31 May 2010

Associate Editor, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, Routledge, 2010-present

Research and Teaching Interests

I am interested in the reciprocal relationship between art (including architecture and design) and psychiatry in Vienna 1900 (ca. 1867-1918). During this time period, architects, for example, built progressive mental asylum in a modern style while artists were inspired by Jean Martin Charcot and Sigmund Freud to develop a new visual and sculptural language for the representation of the human body.

I have researched the representation of the pathological body in medical models and wax moulages, which were not only used for teaching purposes in medical institutions but increasingly found entry into popular entertainment sites such as the Vienna Prater. In this context, I have published on the complex interrelations between death masks, medical models and Viennese (death) portraiture in painting and photography around 1900.

My current research engages with the field of human-non-human-animal studies (HAS). I am investigating the role of the visual arts in the cultural reception of Germany’s early anti-vivisection movement (1885-1918). This topic also deals with the complex, and often contested, histories of early zoological collections in Germany, the problematic international trade of exotic animals and colonialism, emerging animal-protection leagues, and the German reception of Charles Darwin in scientific discourse and popular literature.



Teaching Materials:


  • College of Arts, School of Culture and Creative Arts