Dr Jenny Doussan

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email j.doussan (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7496
Dr Jenny Doussan

Jenny's research follows two trajectories: the first relates to material culture and the foundation of modernity, with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century; the second follows the work of Giorgio Agamben with respect to the experience of language and image. She also maintains an interest in techniques and theories of visibility and the physiological eye.

She is currently working on a manuscript based on her module 'Fashion as a Dialectical Image' that brings the urgency of the present to Walter Benjamin's sporadic thought on fashion.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Visual Culture, Goldsmiths 2011
  • MA History of the Decorative Arts & Design, Parsons School of Design 2002
  • BA cum laude Studio Art, Loyola University, New Orleans 1999

Teaching and Supervision

In addition to MA Dissertation supervision, Jenny teaches the third-year undergraduate option module 'Fashion as a Dialectical Image', which she is currently developing into a book, and the first-year core module 'Seeing & Showing'.

Jenny is interested in PhD projects that address the history and techniques of visibility, image / language, and material culture.

Publications and research outputs


Doussan, Jenny. 2013. Time, Language, and Visuality in Agamben's Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137286239

Book Section

Doussan, Jenny. 2024. Attestation 3. In: Sarah Wilson; Michaël La Chance; Jenny Doussan; Carrie Pilto and Boris Groys, eds. Une œuvre d’art face au tribunal: sur Pornopolitique de Piotr Pavlenski. Paris: Au Diable Vauvert, pp. 51-65. ISBN 9791030706680

Doussan, Jennifer. 2022. P. In: Pyotr Pavlensky, ed. Pornopolitics and Other Precedents. London: MOTHER, pp. 86-89. ISBN 9791041502981

Doussan, Jenny. 2013. Eros, Plague, Olfaction: Three Allegories of the Curatorial. In: Jean-Paul Martinon, ed. The Curatorial A Philosophy of Curating. London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, pp. 79-92. ISBN 9781472525604

Doussan, Jenny. 2010. Recuperating the Platonic Idea. In: Rune Graulund, ed. Desperately Seeking Authenticity: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Copenhagen Doctoral School Press.


Doussan, Jenny. 2016. Writing Lines: Agamben contra Nietzsche. Cultural Critique, 92, pp. 114-136. ISSN 0882-4371

Doussan, Jenny. 2013. Time and Presence in Agamben’s Critique of Deconstruction. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 9(1), ISSN 1832-9101

Doussan, Jenny. 2012. The Scent of the Jonquil. Rattle ~ A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing, 3,

Conference or Workshop Item

Doussan, Jenny. 2023. 'Protesting Law with the Law: The Case of Pyotr Pavlensky'. In: Critical Legal Conference 2023: Sanctuary. Durham University, United Kingdom 11-13 September 2023.


Doussan, Jenny. 2011. Intention and Exception: A Critique of the Work of Giorgio Agamben. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Further profile content

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Conferences and talks

Grants and awards

2013: Early Career Research Fellowship, AHRC