Dr. Emily Doucet (PhD 2020) has been appointed an International Fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Germany. Her fellowship will run from May–October 2021. Emily will begin work on a new project examining the relationship between the postal service and the development of new photographic formats in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining this juncture, this project will unpack the place of state communication networks in the co-constitution of civilian, military, and corporate visual communication. Looking at novel photographic formats such as the Airgraph and V-mail systems employed during the Second World War, this project will also interrogate the role of corporations such as Eastman Kodak in the maintenance of colonial communications across the British Empire .
Following her time in Germany, Emily will begin a two-year SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University (2022–2023). Here she will continue work on the above project under the mentorship of Prof. Jonathan Sterne.
Please join us in congratulating Emily on her new fellowship positions and wishing her all the best in these endeavours!