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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 studies and science fiction.
MA/ Ph.D. Candidate
contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
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
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 Christian traditions, specializing in ex voto practices of central Italy
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 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
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art and Visual Culture , MFA, Fine Art ,
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Photography, Queer and Trans Theory, Gender Theory, Video and Performance, collaborative practices, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Critical Race Studies..
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
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, 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
Graduate Teaching Fellow
History of photography, race and visual culture, vernacular photography, transgender countervisualities
Islamic art and material culture in Southeast Asia
Contemporary Art, 20th-21st Centuries Latin American and Brazilian art, Latin American and Brazilian Visual Culture.
Visual lexicons; cultural memory, cosmopolitanism, and identity formation; post-Holocaust art; temporal/spatial relations.
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
MFA/MA, Ph.D. Candidate
Public art and social practice, North American environmental imaginary, Whiteness and visual culture
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.
Visual cultures of the viceregal Andes and Mesoamerica
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; environmental justice; energy and environmental humanities; U.S. militarism; contemporary Indigenous art.
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Diasporic Art, Globalization, Postcolonialism, Memory and Trauma Studies