History of Art


Victoria McKenzie

PhD supervisor: Dr. Ramon Amaro and Dr. Arpana Kumar (second supervisor)
Working title for PhD: 'A Return to the Soil: An Ecofeminist re-reading through the lens of Blackness of Darwinian Evolutionism' 

Victoria McKenzie is an ecofeminist scholar, dance-artist and Phd candidate at UCL in the department of the History of Art. She works at the intersections of Ecofeminism, Black study, scientific thought and philosophies of being under the supervision of Dr. Ramon Amaro. Her research problematises Darwinian evolutionism and traditionalist scientific thought and instead proposes a critical re-reading through the lens of eco-feminism in which the body of difference, specifically black existence and more-than-human worlds, are accounted for. Victoria’s ultimate aim is to demonstrate the entangled life of climate whilst developing new methodologies for a unification of Earth. In the Summer of 2019 she travelled to the Ecuadorian Amazon to utilise her background in both permaculture and mycology where she acted as Project Lead and consultant for ongoing fungal mycoremedial projects of toxic soil and oil spills caused by Chevron-Texaco on Indigenous lands.