Complaint as Diversity Work

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Ackerman Union Venue - - Grand Ballroom (2400)

Sara Ahmed

See below for additional information.

Admission

Free and open to the public. Advance registration required.

Contact

Center for the Study of Women
(310) 825-5955
csw@csw.ucla.edu

Website

https://csw.ucla.edu/event/feminism-senses-sara-ahmed/

Additional Information

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. She has held academic appointments at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her publications include 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). She also blogs at www.feministkilljoys.com.

Ahmed will speak about her new research project on “Complaint.” The lecture explores how complaint can be understood as a form of diversity work: the work you do to transform an institution, or the work you do when you do not quite inhabit the norm of an institution.

If doing diversity work is heard as complaint, making a complaint often requires becoming a diversity worker. This is not to say that those who make complaints always think of themselves as diversity workers in the sense of trying to transform the institution in which the complaint is lodged. But in order to proceed with a complaint you often have to become a diversity worker because making a complaint within an institution brings you up against it.

The lecture explores how we learn about the institutional (as usual) from those who are trying to transform institutions. The lecture will discuss how complaint is a sensational intervention into institutional life.

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