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Chessa Adsit-Morris

Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and member of the Center for Creative Ecologies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
Research Interests: 

Environmental Education, ecological thought, new materialism, visual studies, science fiction, feminist social science.

Selected Publications: 


Adsit-Morris, C. (2017). Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters:

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (Forthcoming) "Post-Anthropocene imaginings: Co-creating machinic methodological assemblages for unnamed epochs to come." In Matthew Thomas & Robin Bellingham (Eds.) Disruptive Methodologies: Innovation & Early Career Research. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (2017). "It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango: queering gender texts in environmental education." The Journal of Environmental Education. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2016.1249330

Selected Presentations: 

Creative Ecologies of Practice: Collaborative Agential Modes of Eco-Aesthetic Pedagogy. Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today, Piet Zwart Institute. January 27th and 28th 2017. 

Creating Spaces of Agency to Imagine Where We
Might Stand and What We Might Stand For
. Bergamo
Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. October 13-15 2016.

It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango. Co-presented with Dr. Noel Gough as part of the “Foregrounding a Gender Agenda in Environmental Education” panel. Australian Association of Environmental Education. October 4-6 2016.

Vibrant Earth: Bioculturally Embedded Educational Encounters Catalyzing Earth Regenerative Creativities. Discussant. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. April 2016.

Place-based Eco-art and Bag-Lady Storytelling: Sharing the Assemblage of Practices/Figures/Stories Collected at Gibby’s Field. Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice. ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference. June 23-27 2015.

Ecological Stories of the Unknown: Reaching Towards Cosmopolitanism. Co-presented with Samira Thomas at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. XLIII Annual Conference. May 31

Bag-Ladies Storytelling: Carrier-Bag Stories of Collecting and Re-Worlding Research Practices. Co-presented with Joanne Price & Samira Thomas. Seventh Biennial Provoking Curriculum Studies Conference. February 21-23 2015.

Creating a Trans-Ecotonal Ethic Through Artistic Imaginative Narrative Inquiry. UBC Faculty of Education Research Symposium, Living All Our Relations: Ecologies, Technologies and Indigeneity. March 1, 2013.

The experience of Collaborative Teacher-Researchers Inquiry group within Think&EatGreen@SchoolCo-presentation with Jolie Mayer-Smith as part of the panel The Think&EatGreen@School Project: A Community-University Research Alliance working
for healthy and sustainable food systems in Vancouver public schools
. The Canadian Symposium XII Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology/Family and Consumer Science Education: Issues and Directions. August 2013. 

Twisting, turning, and folding more-than-human methodologies. Co-presentation with Julia Ostertag.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. April 2012

Field trip/ international symposium: The importance of a garden. Co-facilitated with Gerofsky, S., Mayer-Smith, J., Williams, D., Gaylie, V., Peterat, L., Cutter-Mackenzie, A., Surmacz, A., Brown, J., Ostertag, J., Urueta, T., Moore, D. & Adsit-Morris, C. For
the Environmental Education SIG as the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. April 2012.

as pedagogy: Two case studies of student participation in the design of
enhanced learning landscapes
. Poster
session. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. AERA 2012.

to teach in an outdoor classroom.
with Julia Ostertag and Djamila Moore. UBC’s Investigating Our Practices (IOP)
conference. June 2011.

Next generation perspectives on the future of sustainable design. Panel
discussion at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) chaired by Ray Cole
(UBC, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture). June 2010.

Honors and Awards: 

Art Dean's Excellence Fund Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz 2016.

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz 2016-2017.

American Education Research Association (AERA)
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Environmental Education SIG 2016.


AERA EE SIG Awards Committee 2017

Bergamo Graduate Student Council 2016

Co-Chair Environmental Education Caucus UBC Faculty of Education 2013-2015


Education and Training: 
MA Curriculum Studies University of British Columbia
BA Architecture University of Washington