Dr Jenny Doussan

Staff details

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

I am interested in the convergence of language and image in art and media, and the political experience of such material encounters.

Academic qualifications

PhD Visual Cultures; Goldsmiths, University of London; 2011

MA History of the Decorative Arts & Design; Parsons School of Design with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; 2002

BA cum laude Studio Art; Loyola University, New Orleans; 1999


Fashion as a Dialectical Image: Year 3 – BA (Hons) Art History and Fine Art & Art History; Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History

Archive & Spectacle: Year 3 - BA (Hons) Art History and Fine Art & Art History; Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Art History

Seeing & Showing: Aesthetics: Year 1 - BA (Hons) Art History and Fine Art & Art History

Areas of supervision

I welcome proposals on theories of visual and material cultures, museology and curatorial studies, continental philosophy, and the work of Giorgio Agamben.

Presentations and exhibitions

Invited speaking engagements:

Clothes, Cloth & Culture Group panel discussion, InIVA, London; 27 November 2014

Fashioning the Archive, Pasold Conference; Goldsmiths; 11 January 2014.

Readers Circle: 100 Notes - 100 Thoughts; Documenta 13, Kassel;  22 August 2012.

Death of the University, Life of the University; Goldsmiths; 8 December 2010.


Co-organizer of symposium The Idea of the University, Goldsmiths, University of London, 10 June 2011; funding awarded by Goldsmiths' Graduate School and Department of Visual Cultures.

Papers presented:

"Para-ontology and the Governmental Machine." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. New York University. 20-23 March 2014.

Discussion of Goldsmiths & Lewisham: Shared Histories. AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund Showcase. University of Liverpool. 30 January 2014.

“The Origin of Agamben’s Infancy.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. University of Toronto. 4-7 April 2013.

“Origin and Immanence: Benjamin’s Art History in the Trauerspiel Book.” College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City. 13-16 February 2013.

“Intentionality and Objecthood.” Transforming Objects. Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 28-29 May 2012.

“Intention and Exception: Agamben’s Temporal-Linguistic Ontology.” InC Visual Cultures Doctoral Graduates' Forum. Goldsmiths, University of London. 24 May 2012.

“Exceptional Aesthetics.” Association of Art Historians Annual Conference. The Open University, Milton Keynes. 29-31 March 2012.

“Agamben and Nietzsche’s Eternal Return.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC. 31 March - 3 April 2011.

“Agamben’s Cat & Mouse Game.” InC lecture series. Goldsmiths, University of London. 15 March 2011.

“Descartes’ Provisional Morality and the Contingency of the University.” Death of the University, Life of the University. Goldsmiths, University of London. 8 December 2010.

“Messianic Time and the Problem of Political Action in the Work of Agamben.” Waiting for the Political Moment, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Utrecht University. 16-19 June 2010.

"Agamben’s Taking Place.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. New Orleans. 1-4 April 2010.

What is Agamben’s Apparatus?” Laboratory: Methods of Interart Studies, European Doctoral Seminar in Culture, Criticism and Creativity. Freie Universität Berlin. 16-18 November 2009.

"From Means Without End to State of Exception.” Forms of Engagement, European Doctoral Seminar in Culture, Criticism and Creativity. Copenhagen Doctoral School for Cultural Studies, 11-13 June, 2009.

"The Socratic Midwife and Artaud’s Plague.” Goldsmiths, University of London. Curatorial / Knowledge seminar, 19 July 2007.

Research Interests

Art Historiography & Critical Methodology; Modern & Contemporary Art; Material Culture; Continental Philosophy; Embodied Subjectivities. I am also affiliated with InC, Research Group in Continental Philosophy.

Publications and research outputs


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

Book Section

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,


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