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Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions
16 February 2021
17:30 - 19:00
Online via Zoom
Free, tickets available here.
In this lecture, Sara Ahmed will share some stories of making complaints about abuses of power at universities. She will show how complaints can bring so much about institutions into view. The lecture attends to how and why doors come up in stories about making complaints. It concludes with a consideration of the work of "complaint collectives" and how, by complaining, we can keep "knocking on the door" of institutions not in order to demand entry, but to cause disturbance.
Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. Her book Complaint! is forthcoming with Duke University Press in September 2021. Her previous publications include What's the Use: On the Uses of Use (2019); Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2014, 2004), Strange Encounters (2000) and Differences that Matter (1998).
This event will have live captions.
Image courtesy Sara Ahmed