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Research Seminar: USQ College - The Virus, the Wallaby, the Mosquito and me: Attunements Across Species and Bodies

Presented by Kate Judith

Date: 30 April 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Venue: Online via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact Marcus Harmes.
Booking: Please register via HR UConnect.
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In my research I explore theories of interstitially with Sydney’s mangrove communities. In one aspect of this research, I have been working through theories about relationality and entanglement as they resonate within an encounter between a female Aedes vigilax mosquito, a wallaby, Ross River virus, and myself. Ross River virus is endemic to Australia and is the most common arboviral infection of humans there. Around the Georges River its main reservoir species is thought to be wallabies. Aedes vigilax, the salt marsh mosquito, is one of the principle vectors for the virus. This mosquito prefers to breed around the edges of mangroves and is abundant in the summer around the mangroves I am working with. The mosquito, the wallaby, the virus and I are entangled in particularly intimate and troubled ways. We pierce each other’s boundaries, engage in strategies of subterfuge and subversion with each other, encounter each other in dramatic and co-constituting ways. We affect each other’s habits and modes of living as well as our bodies. Although the four of us make and unmake each other in complex ways, it is hard to read these as harmonious or tending towards balance, as models of ecological inter-relationship have often tended to do. Instead, in journeying into this four-way partnership, I find on-going agonistic negotiations that tangle pain and illness with nourishment and adaptive vigour. We keep pricking each other into our future shapes, negotiating relations within a field located within and between our bodies.