Emily Eliza Scott is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist focused on artistic practices that illuminate-interrogate pressing geopolitical and/or ecological issues, often by blurring with other forms of thinking and making to impactfully engage the world. A postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), she is currently completing a co-edited volume on contemporary art and land use politics (University of California Press) and developing seminars on the concept of “post-nature” and emergent spaces of climate change. Her recent writings have appeared in Third Text, Art Journal, Cultural Geographies, and the exhibition catalogue for Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. She is centrally involved in two long-term, collaborative projects: World of Matter (2011-), an international art, media and research platform on natural resources; and the Los Angeles Urban Rangers (2004-), a group that develops guided hikes, campfire talks, field kits, and other interpretive tools to spark creative explorations of everyday habitats in their home megalopolis and beyond. Her work has been supported by major grants/awards from Creative Capital, the College Art Association, Graham Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Luce Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Annenberg Foundation, and Switzer Foundation. She received her PhD in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2010. Prior to graduate school, she spent nearly a decade as a park ranger in Utah and Alaska.
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