History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Emily Doucet


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

Supervisor: 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 of photography
  • History of science and technology
  • History of nineteenth-century art and architecture
  • Media archaeology
Current Research
  • My current research explores the historiography of photographic technology, examining the development of photographic theory in nineteenth-century France and its relationship to Utopian thought. My 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.
  • MA with Distinction, Department of History of Art, University College London, 2013
  • BA (Hons) Department of History of Art, University of Winnipeg, 2012
Selected Publications
  • “Indigenous Activists Speak in New Instagram Documentary.” Canadian Art Online (2017). http://canadianart.ca/features/what-brings-us-here-nfb-indigenous-activism-instagram.

  • “The Stridents: Andrea Roberts.” Truck Contemporary (2017). http://www.truck.ca/events/1018.

  • “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.

  • “A Map of the World Without Utopia: Oliver Husain’s Isla Santa Maria 3D.” Border Crossings 138 (October 2016).

  • “Carlos Motta at Mercer Union.” C Magazine 131 (September 2016)

  • “Ken Nicol at Olga Korper Gallery.” Border Crossings 136 (February 2016).

  • “Camera Atomica at the Art Gallery of Ontario.” Border Crossings 135 (December 2015).

  • “Photography and the ‘Artifacts of Software’: Akihiko Miyoshi’s CMYKRGB.” Circuit Gallery (2015). http://www.circuitgallery.com/exhibitions/akihiko-miyoshi-cmykrgb/doucet.

Recent Awards
  • 2015–19 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2017–18 Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World, Research Travel Grant
  • 2017 Graduate Department of Art, University of Toronto, Dissertation Research Travel Grant
  • 2016–17 School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Research Travel Grant
  • 2015 School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, Conference Travel Grant
  • 2014 Robert and Jacqueline White Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Art, University of Toronto

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