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Mary Wollstonecraft Annual Public Lecture: ‘Complaint: Feminism, Diversity, Work and Institutions’

UNIVERSITY OF HULL, Hull, HU6 74X

9 May 2018

The lecture at the University of Hull explores how complaint can be understood as a form of diversity work, as what you have to do in order to make institutions more accommodating.

Complaint as Diversity Work

SARA AHMED

The lecture draws on written and oral testimonies provided by those who have made complaints within universities including complaints about racism, sexism, sexual harassment and bullying. The lecture addresses the difficulty of making complaints and asks how and why complaints are often blocked. The lecture shows how we learn about power from those who challenge power.

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. She has held academic appointments at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. She has recently completed a book What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use and has begun a new research project on complaint. Her previous 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

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Sponsors: Hull Centre for Gender Studies; Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Hull School of Histories, Languages and Cultures.

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Venue Details

UNIVERSITY OF HULL,
Hull,
HU6 74X

01482 346311

sdms@hull.ac.uk

http://www.hull.ac.uk

The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.

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