Art History Department

Emily Doucet


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Supervisor: Jordan Bear

Emily Doucet is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Department of Art at the University of Toronto. 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
  • Nineteenth-century visual culture
  • History of science and technology
Current Research
  • My current research explores the visual culture of popular or "vernacular" science in nineteenth-century France, focusing on the relationship between photography and other novel technologies of the nineteenth century. My dissertation project examines the photographer Félix Nadar’s experiments with new applications of photography alongside his literary production, exploring the ways in which his investment in developing technologies provided a model with which to articulate theories of historical, technological, and social change.
  • MA (Distinction) History of Art, University College London
  • BA (Hons) History of Art, University of Winnipeg
Selected Publications
  • (Forthcoming) “Other Media and Photography: Review of Sculptural Photography: From the Calotype to Digital Technologies by Patrizia Di Bello and Photography and Other Media of the Nineteenth Century, edited by Nicoletta Leonardi and Simone Natale,” Oxford Art Journal 41:3 (2019): page numbers unknown.

  • “In History, the Future: Determinism in the Early History of Photography,” communication + 17 (2018): Article 4.

  • “1-800-truelove: Lisa Lipton’s The Impossible Blue Rose,” in Lisa Lipton: Excerpts from the Impossible Blue Rose. Winnipeg: Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, 2018.

  • “Are Drones a Distraction?: What Flies Below that Which Flies Above,” in What Flies Above: Erika Lincoln and Reva Stone, edited by Jennifer Gibson. Winnipeg: Gallery 1C03, 2018.

  • “merchant, light, lavender, tongue,” in Andrea Roberts: The Stridents. Calgary: Truck Contemporary, 2017.

  • “Indigenous Activists Speak in New Instagram Documentary.” Canadian Art Online (2017).

  • “An Ethics of Seeing: Review of Gil Hochberg’s Visual Occupations: Violence and Visibility in a Conflict Zone.” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 36 (2016): 60–64.

Recent Awards
  • 2015–19 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2017 Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World, Research Travel Grant
  • 2014 Robert and Jacqueline White Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Art
  • 2014 Association of Art Historians Post-Graduate Dissertation Prize

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