Queer Departures into More-Than-Human Worlds

  • Affrica Taylor
  • Mindy Blaise
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Abstract

This chapter breaks with trends to normalize queer within the human sexuality categories (LBGTQI). The authors approach queering as a strategy for unsettling all normative categories, not just the binary categories of human gender/sexual. They argue that it is just as important to queer normative notions of nature, as structured by the foundational nature/culture divide, as it is to queer the cultural constructions of gender and sexuality. They offer narrative descriptions of three very different queer performative events that mess up the categorical boundaries between nature and culture. The first is an ecosexual performance of queer love for the earth. The second is a performance of queer kinship between children and kangaroos. The third is performance of queer kind in an art installation of a children’s nursery.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Affrica Taylor
    • 1
  • Mindy Blaise
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and MathematicsUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.College of EducationVictoria University, St Albans CampusMelbourneAustralia

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