The unsettling eros of contact zones: queering evolution in the CandidaHomo ecology

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Abstract

Candida albicans is a yeast, one species of the hundreds that thrive in the ecologies of the human body. We have co- evolved; Homo sapiens provides myriad ecological niches for C. albicans. This interdisciplinary project combines scientific experimentation, art-making, evolutionary ecology and queer theory to posit the human body as a queer ecology. The sexuality, performativity and community of C. albicans within this ecology are explored through science, art and evolutionary and queer theories. Three aspects of queerness, i.e., sexuality, gender, and kinship, are woven through three aspects of evolutionary theory, i.e., sexual, natural and kin selection, to form heterotopic alliances.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date21 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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Ecology
Contact Zone
Eros
Queerness
Evolutionary Theory
Human Body
Sexuality
Queer Theory
Niche
Natural Selection
Evolutionary Ecology
Alliances
Kin Selection
Art
Sexual Selection
Experimentation
Kinship
Homo Sapiens
Performativity
Art and Science

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