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Miss Siobhan Sexton

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Doctoral Researcher, Art History

Professional membership

Association of Art Historians

Society for the Social History of Medicine

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research interests

My principal research interests lie in the interdisciplinary fields of the history of art and visual culture, and the history of medicine and psychiatry. My doctoral research examines representations of upper-middle class neurasthenics through the portraits created by society painter Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) in fin-de-siècle Paris. I am exploring Blanche’s portraiture in terms of late nineteenth-century society portraiture in France; discourses on the impact of modernity on the nervous system; the upper-middle class experience of modernity; and subsequent classed and gendered constructions of ‘neurasthenic’ identity. I have successfully conducted doctoral research in French and English archives into patient experiences of fashionable diseases (namely diseases of the nervous system) and also the institutions operating in both France and England for the mentally ill, from 1800 – 1914.

Grants & contracts

2010 - 2013 awarded HuMPA scholarship for PhD