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Amber Hickey

Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
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; New media. 

Selected Publications: 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“Rupturing Settler Time: New Media and Geographies of Indigenous Futurity,” World Art Special Issue: Indigenous Futurisms (April 2019, forthcoming).

“ ‘For most of humanity’s existence, we walked’: An Interview with Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More SF Bay,” Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas Special Issue: Ecologies of Nature and Culture: The Dia- lectics of Environmental Entropy and Decolonization in Art of the Americas (October 2018, forthcoming).

“Book Review of Japan’s Green Monsters: Environmental Commentary in Kaiju Cinema,” Journal of Popular Film and Television (Fall 2019, forthcoming).


Edited Volumes

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


Book Chapters

“Pathways toward Justice: Walking as Decolonial Resistance,” in Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past, Engaging the Present, eds. Susan Sleeper-Smith, Patricia Marroquin-Norby, Jeff Os- tler, Josh Reid (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2018/2019, forthcoming).

“Revolution in the Classroom,” in Durty Words, ed. Kate O’Shea (Dublin: 2018, forthcoming).

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


Exhibition Catalogues

“Environmental Justice” and “Self Determination,” (co-authored with Kevin Caplicki) in We are All in This Together, ed. Eleanor King (White Plains: Purchase College School of Art and Design, 2018): 14-19, 36-39.


Web-based Scholarship

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

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).


Other Publications

“Interview with Aaju Peter,” Journal of Aesthetics & Protest #10 “Climate Atlas” (2017).

Selected Presentations: 

Panels Organized

2018 “Decolonial Geographies,” American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2018)

2015 “Critical Pedagogy in a Neoliberal Age,” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Riverside, California (May 2015, co-organized)


Papers Presented

2018 “Rupturing Settler Time: New Media and Geographies of Indigenous Futurity,” American Association of Geographers Annual Conference New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2018)

2018 “Sovereign Women’s Voices Against the Exploitation of ‘Resource Frontiers,’ ” Panel: Feminist Art in Response to the State, Organized by The Feminist Art Project, College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California (February 2018)

2017 “Sightlines: The Strategic Use of Visual Tools of Resistance Against the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Vancouver, Canada (June 2017)

2017 “Pathways Toward Justice: Walking as Decolonial Resistance,” Newberry Colloquium: Vio- lence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past, Engaging the Present, D’Arcy Mc- Nickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Chicago, Illinois (May 2017)

2016 “Reclaiming Identity: Naming and Community Sovereignty,” 20th Biennial Inuit Studies Conference, St. John’s, Canada (October 2016)

2016 “Pathways toward Justice: Walking as Decolonial Resistance,” 5th Annual York University Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Symposium, Toronto, Canada (April 2016)

2015 “Strategic Vision: Capturing Operation Crossroads,” American Art History Graduate Sympo- sium: The Americas and the Pacific, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (April 2015) and Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (April 2015)

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

2012 “How can we co-create and support alternative versions of ‘now’?” Interventions Symposium, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland (May 2012)


Guest Lectures and Invited Talks

2018 “Art and Postcapitalism,” for Prof. Kimberly Springer, Barnard College (forthcoming)

2017 “Rebecca Belmore: Performing Sovereignty,” for Prof. Hope Childers, Alfred University

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

2013 “Alternative Nows in Action”, for Prof. Beth Stephens, University of California - Santa Cruz

2013 “A Guidebook of Alternative Nows,” California Institute of Integral Studies2012 “United: Women’s Work and Collective Action,” Scripps College Claremont

2011 “An Introduction to Social Sculpture,” Zurich University of the Arts

Teaching Interests: 

Art Activism, Decolonial Visual Culture, Contemporary Art & New Media, Environmental Humanities

Honors and Awards: 

2018 Researcher in Residence Fellowship, Signal Culture (Owego, NY)

2018 Second Place - Cold War Essay Contest, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute

2017-18 UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of California - Santa Cruz

2013-18 Art Dean’s Fund for Excellence, University of California - Santa Cruz (numerous awards)

2012-18 Porter College Travel and Research Grant, University of California - Santa Cruz (numerous awards)

2016 Graduate Student Travel Grant, Inuit Studies Conference

2016 Summer Research Fellowship, Art Dean’s Fund for Excellence, University of California - Santa Cruz

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

2014 Artist in Residence Fellowship, “Utopia School,” Flux Factory

2012-13 UC Regent’s Fellowship, University of California - Santa Cruz

2012 Travel and Accommodation Grant, Truth is Concrete 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art, Steirischer Herbst (Graz, Austria)

Education and Training: 
Ph.D. in Visual Studies, UC Santa Cruz
M.A.S. Zurich University of the Arts, Curating
B.A. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Contemporary Performance