We are delighted to announce that Sara Ahmed will be joining us at the University of Leeds* for a public lecture on Friday 11th May 2018. She will be presenting a talk, entitled ‘Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy,’ based on her current research into complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and bullying at universities. The talk will be followed by a short Q&A and a wine reception. The lecture will take place in Conference Auditorium 1, near the Edge.
Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and the author of eight monographs, the most recent of which being Living a Feminist Life (2017). She also maintains a lively and popular blog, feminist killjoys.
Attendance is free but booking is essential as places are limited. You can reserve at ticket via Eventbrite here. If you reserve a ticket but find yourself unable to attend for any reason, please contact us at email@example.com so we may pass your ticket on to someone else.
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Quilting Points returns for a sixth year with a new focus on Sara Ahmed.
We’re delighted to announce the return of Quilting Points, an interdisciplinary, critical and cultural reading group and seminar series at the University of Leeds.
This year we'll be facilitating a year-long discussion on the work of Sara Ahmed, one of the most prolific and influential contemporary thinkers currently working in the UK. Examining her monographs, essays and blog entries we'll look at how Ahmed has shaped the fields of postcolonial studies, feminism, queer theory, ethic studies and critical race theory. As an independent scholar and writer who scrutinises the operations of power in every day life, as well as institutions like the university, Ahmed's critical and intellectual range only looks set to widen in the future. As a group, we're looking forward to discussing and reading Ahmed while her critical project is still ongoing and we welcome individuals from across the university to…
For our first session, we will be discussing the second chapter of Sara Ahmed's second monograph, Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000). A PDF is accessible via Google Drive here.
(Further reading: Audre Lorde's essay 'Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred, and Anger*' from Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches which Sara Ahmed uses as an epigraph to 'Embodying Strangers.' A PDF is accessible via Google Drive here).
In 'Embodying Strangers,' Ahmed crystallises how 'the stranger' comes into being through a visual and tactile economy. The essay deals with construction of the stranger as, following Georg Simmel, both far and near (see Simmel, 1950, p.402), as well as the significance of touch and contact in the formation of relations of strangeness.