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Assistant Director, Center for Creative Ecologies
Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and assistant director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. She is the author of: Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. Her teaching, research and publications focus on curriculum studies and evolutionary theory, with particular reference to environmental education, environmental humanities, science and technology studies, and speculative fiction.
Ph.D. Student
New Media Art, The History of Art and Technology, Curating Media & The Politics of Production
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Diasporic Art, Asian American Studies, Filipino American Studies, Museum Studies
Transculturation and identity in the early modern Spanish Americas, visual cultures of the Atlantic world, cultural heritage and museum studies
exhibition/museums; critical curatorial studies; contemporary Oceanic art; colonial history, race, and culture; archive interventions
histories of photography; Indigenous and settler-colonial studies; intersections between infrastructure, legal geographies and landscapes
Visual aspects of devotional practices in Roman Catholic traditions with a focus on ex-voto practices of Italy, Spain and Mexico
Visual culture in colonial South America (Andes): textiles and other visual objects; concepts of landscape, territory, claim to land; conflict, contrast, confluence and things inbetween in colonial encounter
Ph.D. Candidate
I'm writing an inter-disciplinary dissertation on speculative artistic practices from Beirut that engage with the infrastructure, materiality, and politics of waste and ecology in the context of neoliberal governance.
South Korean contemporary art and culture in regard to gender, sexuality, and the body.
Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diasporas
Theories of empire and the ways in which ethnic minorities maintained their identity under periods of colonization localized in Indigenous and Spanish empires in the Andes.
19th and 20th century US built environment, public art and architecture, schools and educational institutions, play, childhood, urban and community planning, social practice, community-based art movements, alternative educational spaces, architectural systems
History of Art and Visual Culture, PhD candidate
Interactions between the Inka and the Amazon; colonial Peru, the Amazon(s).
Interest in the cultural patronage of Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval royal women.
Contemporary art, visual culture, colonial history in art, Europe and Africa, art and ecology, postcolonial theory, theories of place and landscape.
Identity and representation, contemporary African Diasporic art, black visual culture, black popular culture, contemporary photography, social practices, performance, critical pleasure studies, and contemporary black life.
My current research focuses on the visual culture (contemporary art, architecture & mass media) of the Arctic, particularly Svalbard Norway, and its geopolitical implications for global collective memory
Islamic art, material culture, performing arts and gender in Southeast Asia
Contemporary Art, 20th-21st Centuries Latin American and Brazilian art, Latin American and Brazilian Visual Culture.
Cultural memory, trauma, and identity/postidentity (particularly contemporary Jewish American identity and the Holocaust); embodiment and performance; temporal/spatial relations; visual lexicons.
PhD Candidate, Instructor, HAVC 188M "Heritage, Memory and Material Culture," UC Santa Cruz Summer Session 1, 2019
Visual Ethics of Postwar Responsibility in the German- and Japanese-speaking Worlds; (Post)imperial and Religious Histories in Asia and Europe
Ecology, contemporary art of the Americas, documentary film
Research interests: visual culture of Africa and its diasporas; French colonialism; textiles, clothing and the body; memory and the archive(s) of slavery.
Contemporary Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American art and visual/material culture. Borderlands, transborder politics, and the colonial body.
Material and visual cultures of Oceania, environment and ecology, Indigenous media, Native American material and visual culture, settler colonial history
19th to 21st-century art of the United States; ecocritical art history; contemporary art; environmental justice; energy and environmental humanities; U.S. militarism; Native American art.
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Diasporic Art, Globalization, Postcolonialism, Memory and Trauma Studies
Environmental disaster, environmental justice, eco-erotics, rhetorics of apocalypse, utopias/dystopias, toxicity & contamination, diasporic memory, film / video / screen-based media