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Aurèle Parisien

Aurèle Parisien

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

Mrs. Barnett's Dead Child: Photography, Objects, and Commemoration


Dr. Martha Langford

Research Interests
  • Photographic History and Theory
  • Contemporary Art
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy and Art


Aurèle Parisien is a PhD student in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University, specializing in photographic history and theory. He received an MA in philosophy from McGill University (1990) and taught philosophy and Canadian studies at Marianopolis College. After working as a theatre critic and in scholarly publishing, where he specialized in Canadian photographic and art history, he studied in Concordia's studio photography program. His research focuses on commemorative photographic practices, how these trouble conventional art historical categories such as portraiture and still life, and what they contribute to our understanding of photographic experience and theories of photographic representation.

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses
  • ARTH 359 Studies in Contemporary Photographic Art
  • ARTH 391 Art & Its Changing Contexts
  • ARTH 398 Art and Society
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