History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Emily Doucet

History and theory of photography; nineteenth century art and architecture

Email: emily.doucet@mail.utoronto.ca | Website: https://utoronto.academia.edu/EmilyDoucet

Supervisor: Prof. Jordan Bear

Emily received a BA Honors in the History of Art from the University of Winnipeg (2012), and an MA in the History of Art (Distinction) from University College London (2013). Her MA dissertation, “Machines Heavier Than Air: Nadar, Photography and the Objects of Technology,” won the Association of Art Historians Dissertation prize.  Her doctoral research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2014) and the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2015-2019). Emily also writes regularly on contemporary art for a number of publications, including C Magazine and Border Crossings.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • History and theory of photography; science and technology studies; media archaeology; Utopian studies
Current Research
  • Emily’s current research explores the historiography of photographic technology, examining the development of photographic theory in nineteenth century France and its relationship to Utopian thought. Her dissertation explores Félix Nadar’s experimental photographic practice, examining the ways in which his investment in developing technologies provided a model with which to articulate theories of historical, technological and social change.
  • BA Honors (2012) University of Winnipeg
  • MA (Distinction) (2013) University College London

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