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Chessa Adsit-Morris

Assistant Director, Center for Creative Ecologies
Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and assistant director of the Center for Creative Ecologies housed within the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She writes widely on the intersection of curriculum studies, posthumanism, ecological thought and SF, and is the author of Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her current teaching, research and publications focus on transdisciplinary research and pedagogy, with particular reference to visual studies, science and technology studies, environmental humanities, ecological thought and speculative fiction.
Research Interests: 

Visual Studies, environmental education, environmental humanities, ecology & evolutionary biology, complexity theory, science and technology (STS) studies, science fiction & speculative fabulation.

Office Hours: 

By appointment

Selected Publications: 

Books

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

Armstrong, J., Lakind, A., Adsit-Morris, C. & Saeter, R. (forthcoming 2021). becoming-Feral: A Bestiarum Vocabulum. Glasgow, Scotland: Objet-a Creative Studio.

Book Chapters

Adsit-Morris, C. (2021) “The Warring Worlds of H. G. Wells: The Entangled Histories of Education, Sociobiology, Post-Genomics, and Science Fiction.” In Jesse Bazzul, Maria Wallace, and Marc Higgins (Eds.) Science x Education x Anthropocene. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (In production)

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (2021). “Queering Evolution: The Socio-Political Entanglements of Natural and Cultural Evolutionary Mechanisms.” In Joshua Russell (Ed.) Queer EcoPedagogies: Explorations in Sexuality, Nature, and Education. New York, NY: Springer. (In production)

Adsit-Morris, C. & Gough, N. (2020). “Post-Anthropocene Imaginings: Speculative Thought, Diffractive Play and Women on the Edge of Time.” In Matthew Thomas & Robin Bellingham (Eds.) Post-Qualitive Research and Innovative Methodologies. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.

Adsit-Morris, C. (2019). “Forward: Shifting Nature/Culture Relations in the Anthropocene.” In Josh Armstrong & Alexandra Lakind (Eds.) becoming-Botanicals: A Post-Modern Liber Herbalis. Glasgow, Scotland: Objet-a Creative Studio. (http://objeta.org/becoming-botanical/)

Adsit-Morris, C. (Forthcoming). "Critical Pedagogies and Creative Ecologies: Addressing Social and Environmental Justice in the Arts and Humanities Classroom." In Jessie Dubreuil, Jody Greene, Samara Foster, & Sikina Jinnah (Eds.) Teaching Environmental Politics and Justice: Strategies to Promote Engagement, Enhance Learning, and Prepare Future Leaders. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Articles

Gough, N. & Adsit-Morris, C. (2019). “Troubling the Anthropocene: Donna Haraway, Science Fiction, and Arts of Un/Naming.” Cultural Studies « Critical Methodologies. 00(0): 1-12. doi: 10.1177/1532708619883311.

Gough, N. & Adsit-Morris, C. (2019). “Words (are) Matter: Generating Material-Semiotic Lines of Flight in Environmental Education Research Assemblages (with a Little Help from SF).” Environmental Education Research, 11/2019: 1-18. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2019.1663793.

Lakind, A. & Adsit-Morris, C. (2018). "Future Child: Pedagogy and the Post-Anthropocene." Journal of Childhood Studies. 43(1): 30-43.

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. 48(1): 1-12. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2016.1249330

Adsit-Morris, C. (2009). “Mountain Pine Beetle: The Potential Carbon Emissions of Harvesting Dead Lodgepole Pine.” Perkins+Will Research Journal. 1(1): 70-76.

Selected Presentations: 

2021

“A Radical Science Education: The Entangled Histories of Sociobiology, Post-Genomics, and Science Fiction.” Part of Panel: “De-signing Science Education in the Anthropocene.” The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, April 9-12, 2021.

2020

“Postgenomics and Education: The Intersections of Evolution and Educational Theory, Practice and Policy.” Part of panel: “Global Imaginaries of Precision Science: Diversity, Inclusion and Justice.”  Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) / EASST Prague 2020 Conference. Virtual.

2019

“Speculative Thought Experiments as Pedagogical Tools” Part of panel: “STS Pedagogy – Methods for Teaching Sociotechnical Ethics”. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) New Orleans 2019 Conference. New Orleans, LA (USA).

“Post-Anthropocene Imaginings: Co-Creating Imaginative Methodological Practices for Unnamed Epochs to Come.” The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction and Ethics for the Anthropocene. Paris, France.

“Queering Evolution: (Re)Invigorating Environmental Education through Queer Interpretations of Evolutionary Onto-Epistemological Choreography.” The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Toronto, Canada.

“Future Child: Proposing a Post-Anthropocene Pedagogy”. Co-presented with Alexandra Lakind. Panel: “Disrupting Narratives of Children: Embodiment, Materiality, and the ‘Whole’ Child”. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Toronto, Canada.

2018

“Evolutionary Thought and Transdisciplinary Practices.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Sydney 2018 Conference. Sydney, Australia.

“Evolutionary Thought and Transdisciplinary Practices.” Thirteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Granada, Spain.

2017

“The Future Child: Pedagogy and the Post-Anthropocene.” Co-presented with Alexandra Lakind. Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. Dayton, OH (USA).

“ExtrACTION: Mining Values / Fueling Transformation.” Part of panel: “The High Art, Fast Culture, and Political Life of Oil”. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Twelfth Biennial Conference. Detroit, MI (USA). 

“It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango: Queering gender texts in environmental education.” Co-presented with Dr. Noel Gough. Panel: “Moving Gender from Margin to Centre in Environmental Education”. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. San Antonio,TX (USA).

“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. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2016

“Creating Spaces of Agency to Imagine Where We Might Stand and What We Might Stand For.Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theorizing. Dayton, OH (USA).

“It takes more than two to (multispecies) tango.” Co-presented with Dr. Noel Gough. Panel: “Foregrounding a Gender Agenda in Environmental Education”. Australian Association of Environmental Education. Adelaide, Australia.

2015

“Place-based Eco-art and Bag-Lady Storytelling: Sharing the Assemblage of Practices/Figures/Stories Collected at Gibby’s Field.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Eleventh Biennial Conference. Moscow, ID (USA).

“Ecological Stories of the Unknown: Reaching Towards Cosmopolitanism.” Co-presented with Samira Thomas. Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Ottawa, Canada.

Honors and Awards: 

Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Dissertation Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, UC Santa Cruz

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

POD Network in Higher Education Research Grant

Chancellor’s Graduate Internship Program, UC Santa Cruz

Art Dean's Excellence Fund Grant, UC Santa Cruz

UCSC Graduate Student Travel Award, UC Santa Cruz

Patricia & Rowland Rebele Grant, UC Santa Cruz

Regents Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

American Education Research Association Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

Education and Training: 
PhD, Visual Studies & Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz
MA, Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia
BS, Environmental Science, Oregon State University
BA, Interdisciplinary Art & Architecture, University of Washington