Amy Schwartzott

TitleAssistant Professor

DepartmentVisual and Performing Arts


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OfficeDudley Hall
Room: 103

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Amy	Schwartzott


Ph D: Art History - African, University of Florida, 2014

MA: Art History - Ancient Art, University at Buffalo, 1998

BS: Behavioral Science, Drew University, 1987

Research Interests

Dr. Amy Schwartzott’s research interests are firmly rooted in her dissertation, Weapons and Refuse as Media: The Potent Politics of Recycling in Contemporary Mozambican Urban Arts. This ethnographic investigation of recyclia utilized by Mozambican artists, as well as ongoing fieldwork since 2008 provide the foundation for Dr. Schwartzott’s primary research interests that include African art, contemporary African art, artists who use recycled artists as media (both African and global expressions)

Recent Publications

Schwartzott, Amy  (2016).  Waste not, Want not? Investigating Economic Frameworks of Garbage as Media in Contemporary Mozambican Urban Art.”.  In Jordan Fenton/Sylvester Ogbechie ,  peer reviewed journal article: Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. Issue on the Economics of African Art   (2,  10,  pp. 193-220).  Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture/Taylor and Francis .

Schwartzott, Amy  (2014).  “Conceptual, Temporal and Tangible: Discursive Spaces of Contemporary Art in Maputo.”.  In Drew Thompson and Erin Haney,  peer reviewed journal article  (2,  8,  pp. 29 pages).  Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Schwartzott, Amy  (2014).  Looking forward towards peace by remembering the past: Recycling war and lived histories in contemporary Mozambican art.  In Russell West-Pavlov,  peer reviewed journal article  (2,  51,  pp. 156-169).  Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association.

Schwartzott, Amy  (2013).  Transforming Arms into Ploughshares: Weapons that Destroy and Heal in Mozambican Urban Art.  In Lizelle Bisschoff and Stefanie Van De Peer,  book chapter   I.B. Tauris and Co. Ltd..

Schwartzott, Amy  (2011).  “Arms into Plowshares: Recycling Weapons of War into Tools for Peace building in Post-conflict Mozambique".  In Gabriëlla Vogelaar,  book chapter  (2,  pp. 4).  Den Haag: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

Schwartzott , Amy  (2011).  Transformação de Armas em Enxadas: Um projecto de base moçambicana e modelo para preservação da paz global.  In Elena Como,  book chapter   (1,  pp. 7).  Culturas Lusofonas: Leituras em Português; Atlantico Book Importers, Inc..

Schwartzott, Amy  “Recycling Discarding Histories to Chronicle Identities: Making Art from Waste in Mozambique“ .  book chapter   Open Library of Humanities .

Schwartzott , Amy  “Unraveling and Welding Together: War’s Transformative Influence on Contemporary Mozambican Art,” .  In Chérie Ndaliko and Samuel Anderson,  book chapter   The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises/Oxford University Press Publication.

Schwartzott, Amy  “Healing the Pain of War through Art – Mozambique’s Grassroots Approach to Post-Conflict Resolution: Transformação de Armas em Enxadas/Transforming Weapons into Plowshares”.  In Paula Meneses, Bjørn Bertelsen, and Sheila Khan,  book chapter: in Dialogues with Mozambique: Interdisciplinary Reflections, Readings and Approaches on Mozambican Studies   Brill Publishers, Leiden.