Feminist Legal Studies 25th Anniversary Lecture: Sara Ahmed on The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism and the Politics of Complaint
Venue: CLO B01, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7JL
Booking details: Free entry; booking required
Sara Ahmed's lecture will explore how institutions are built from small acts of use. Once we are attuned to an environment, we know what usually happens. This lecture explores how sexism and racism become usual, with specific reference to the use of banter. What happens when we challenge the use of banter as an abuse of power? What follows such challenges teaches us about power; the more you try to transform institutions the more you come up against them. This lecture brings together my current research into the “uses of use” with some early findings from my project on feminist complaint. I will also consider how social justice projects require making usage into a crisis.
Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and feminist writer. She has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books 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).
In celebrating our 25th anniversary Feminist Legal Studies pays tribute to the critical contributions that have gone into sustaining us over the years. We are committed to keeping this feminist legal space alive, and we look forward to future engagements with authors, readers, reviewers and editors. We will continue to value diverse feminist methods of legal learning, while being attentive to the uneven terrain that we inhabit.
We are pleased to invite lecture attendees to a drinks reception following the lecture in the Clore Lecture Theatre Foyer.
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Attendees ('Sara Ahmed', 'Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Institute of Advanced Legal Study', 'Dr Nadine El-Enany, School of Law, Birkbeck, Co-Director Centre for Research on Race and Law') Further details: More information about this event …
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