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‘The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism and the Politics of Complaint’

The Women and Gender Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences presents the first lecture in The Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Lecture Series.

“The Institutional as Usual: Sexism, Racism, and the Politics of Complaint” will be presented by Dr. Sara Ahmed Oct. 18, 4 -5 p.m., in the Maple Room, Elliott University Center. 

How do everyday forms of talk help shape how institutions of various kinds (such as government agencies, universities, and businesses) work?  In this talk, Dr. Sara Ahmed offers a feminist analysis of how ordinary conversation, including joking and banter, helps perpetuate and normalize institutionalized forms of sexism and racism. She further addresses what happens when people seek to complain about such ordinary conversation. What does the institutional response to such complaints tell us about how contemporary forms of power work and how oppression gets reproduced through repeated, seemingly small actions?

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).

The Dylan Rose Kadis and Eloise Hall Kadis Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Claudia Buchdal Kadis ’65 to honor her granddaughters Dylan Rose and Eloise Hall and her husband, Bobby Kadis.

The lecture will be followed by heavy hors d’oeuvres. There is no fee to attend, but please rsvp to Julie Potter at jdpotte2@uncg.edu.