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Matthew Harrison Tedford

Ecology, contemporary art of the Americas, documentary film
Research Interests: 

Ecology, representations of animacy, landscape studies, contemporary art of the Americas, documentary film, cultural memory, postcolonialism, political theory.

Selected Publications: 

[forthcoming] “Is a Non-Capitalist Future Imaginable?: Embodied Practices and Slipstream Potentials in Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban” in “Decolonial Feminisms,” ed. Debashree Mukherjee and Pavitra Sundar, special issue, Feminist Media Histories 8, no. 1 (Winter 2022).

Please view my website to read a selection of my art criticism and journalism.

Selected Presentations: 
  • [forthcoming] “Embodied Virtual Reality: Responsibility, Relationality, and Continuity in Nature,” 34th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Virtual. September 30–October 3.
  • “Is a Non-Capitalist Future Imaginable?: Embodied Practices and Slipstream Potentials in Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban.” 37th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference: Revolutions and Reparations. Virtual. July 15–17.
  • “Is a Post-Capitalist Future Imaginable?: Slipstream Potentials and Biskaabiiyang in Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban.” 15th Annual European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference. Bergen, Norway; virtual. March 4–5, 2021.
  • “Embodied Ecology: Enacting Relationships with Land in the Work of Ana Mendieta.” 109th Annual College Art Association Conference. Virtual. February 10–13, 2021.
  • “Creating Meaningful Online Learning Experiences.” The Humanities Institute and the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning. UC Santa Cruz. November 13, 2020.
  • “A Grammar of Animacy for Visual Art.” Poster session. 108th Annual College Art Association Conference. Chicago, IL. February 12-15, 2020.
  • “Shifting Perspectives from the Human to the Non-Human in Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button.33rd Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. UC Irvine, Irvine, CA. November 7–9, 2019.
  • “Shifting Perspectives from the Human to the Non-Human in Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button.” Art and the Sea. Centre for Port and Maritime History. University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. September 12­–13, 2019.
  • Filmmaker Q&A. Jefferson State FLIXX FEST. Ft. Jones, CA. September 24, 2017.
  • “Matthew Tedford & Kristen Brown.” Visual & Critical Studies Forum. California College of the Arts, San Francisco. March 2, 2016.
  • “Tactics of Engagement in Art: Politics, Pluralism, and Program.” Visual and Critical Studies Symposium 2011. California College of the Arts, San Francisco. May 2011.
  • “Ideological Subject Formation: Agency and Freedom is Althusser’s Materialism.” 27th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference: Poverty, Markets, and Justice. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. July 15–17, 2010.
  • “Ideology, Identity, and Subject Formation: Determinism or Freedom in Althusser?” 20th Annual Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Conference: Life, Politics, Resistance & Beyond, Binghamton University, Vestal, NY. April 2010.
  • “Ideology, Identity, and Subject Formation: Determinism or Freedom in Althusser?” Identities Symposium. California College of the Arts. November 2009.
Honors and Awards: 

2021: Creative Ecologies/Sawyer Seminar Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Feminist Media Histories Initiative Summer Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Regent’s Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Louis and Sarah Sloss Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Ford Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, UC Santa Cruz
2021: Visual Studies COVID Research Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2020–21: Mellon Graduate Student Success Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2020: National Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Residency
2020: Bhojwani Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2019-20: Mellon Graduate Student Success Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2019-20: Regent’s Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
2019: Florence French Scholarship, UC Santa Cruz
2016: Grantee, Puffin Foundation
2010: Graduate Student Travel Grant, California College of the Arts
2008: Junior Fellows Program, Stevenson College, UC Santa Cruz

Education and Training: 
MA, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts
BA (Honors), Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz
AA, Political Science, MiraCosta College