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Upcoming Event: Sara Ahmed - Knocking on the Door

When: Friday, February 29th, 2021 @ 11am (EST)

Race, Rights and Sovereignty are pleased to welcome feminist scholar Sara Ahmed to lecture in relation to her ongoing project on complaint.

Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions 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). The Race, Rights & Sovereignty series is a free programme of public lectures, workshops and other events delivered by The Glasgow School of Art and The Art School: GSA's Students' Association. For more information on the series visit: This event is taking place on zoom and will be captioned. Attendees will be sent a link to join on the day of the event. If you have any questions or require any further information about access please email

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