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Amber Hickey

Art Activism and Contemporary Culture
Research Interests: 

Art activism; Indigenous and postcolonial studies; Decolonial aesthetics; Landscape politics; Visual technologies and the military; Cultural geography; Radical pedagogy; Visual culture of social and environmental justice movements. 

Mailing Address: 

Amber Hickey

HAVC Department/UC Santa Cruz

Porter Faculty Services

1156 High St.

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Selected Publications: 

Hickey, Amber. “Winning Back the Climate: Activists at COP 21 Plot Move Towards Environmental Justice,”   Center for Creative Ecologies Journal Issue 1 (2015).

Hickey, Amber. “Lending Power Through Pages,” in Fuad-Luke, Alastair, Anja-Lisa Hirscher, and Katharina Moebus eds. Agents of Alternatives. Berlin, 2015.

Hickey, Amber. “Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Spectacle of Sacrifice at the Nevada Test Site.” GNAC Working Papers Series Issue 1 (2014).

Hickey, Amber, ed. A Guidebook of Alternative Nows. Los Angeles and Leipzig: The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2012.

Hickey, Amber. “Beyond Reflection: Radical Pedagogy and the Ethics of of Art Sponsorship.Art Leaks Gazette Issue 1 (2013): 55-62.

Hickey, Amber, Dorothee Richter, Lindsey Sharman, and Silvia Simoncelli, eds. OnCurating Issue 20 “Total Abstraction” (2014).

Hickey, Amber et al. (co-author) “Ready to Print, 13 (16 x A4) = A0 x 13.OnCurating Issue 10 “Ready to Print” (2011).

Selected Presentations: 

Paper: "Pathways Toward Justice: Walking as Decolonial Resistance," York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Student Symposium: Performing Cartography, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2016 (forthcoming). 

Guest Lecture: “Art, Activism, Ecology,” for Prof. TJ Demos, University of California Santa Cruz, 2015.

Paper: “Strategic Vision: Capturing Operation Crossroads,” American Art History Graduate Symposium: The Americas and the Pacific, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2015 and Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2015. 

Praxis Session: “Critical Pedagogy in a Neoliberal Age,” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Riverside, California, 2015.

Workshop: “Non-human activism,” Utopia School at Flux Factory, Queens, New York, 2014. 

Paper: “Violent Imaging: Land-based Resistance at the Nevada Test Site,” Utopian Studies Society Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014.

Guest lecture: ART20D Concepts Sculpt/Public Art, for Prof. Beth Stephens, University of California Santa Cruz, 2013. 

Guest lecture: “Interdisciplinary Studies,” for Prof. Charlotte Saenz, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013. 

Paper: “Strange Clouds: The Spectacle of Sacrifice at the Nevada Test Site,” Global Nuclear Awareness Coalition Public Meeting, University of California Santa Cruz, 2013.

Guest lecture: “United: Women’s Work and Collective Action,” Scripps College Claremont, 2012. 

Presentation: “How can we co-create and support alternative versions of 'now,' " Interventions Symposium, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland, May 30, 2012.

Workshop: “Disobedience Makes History,” Tate Modern Department of Public Programmes (co-organized with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination), London, UK, 2010. 

Honors and Awards: 

Art Dean’s Excellence Fund Grant, University of California Santa Cruz, 2013, 2014, and 2016. 

Porter College Travel and Research Grant, University of California Santa Cruz, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Yale Department of Art History Graduate Symposium Travel Grant, 2015. 

Regents’ Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz, 2012-13.

Truth is Concrete, 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art, Travel and Accommodation Grant, 2012.

Education and Training: 
M.A.S. Zurich University of the Arts, Curating
B.A. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Contemporary Performance