Sara Ahmed lecture
Race, Rights and Sovereignty

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Off-site event




16 Feb 2021
17:30 - 19:00



Sara Ahmed
Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions

Sara Ahmed lecture

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Race, Rights and Sovereignty presents:
Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions
A lecture by Sara Ahmed

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For our third event of 2021 Race, Rights & Sovereignty are excited to welcome independent feminist scholar Sara Ahmed who’ll be presenting a new lecture in relation to her ongoing project on complaint.

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).  

Race, Rights and Sovereignty series was established in 2016 as a partnership between The Art School: GSA's Students' Association (GSASA) and GSA Exhibitions. The programme has been developed in order to create opportunities, and forums, to engage with and unpack ideas and issues related to race, rights & sovereignty; particularly in the contexts of creative practice. The series aims to celebrate, challenge, inform and inspire the next generation of artists, designers and architects, empowering them to have a creative voice.