Public Lectures and Seminars

Sara Ahmed - Closing the Door: Complaint as Diversity Work

Sara Ahmed, renowned feminist writer and independent scholar, speaks at UCC on May 16th on complaint as a form of diversity work. She works at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies; read more at

This lecture draws on interviews conducted with staff and students who have made complaints within universities that relate to unfair, unjust or unequal working conditions and to abuses of power such as sexual and racial harassment. It approaches complaint as a form of diversity work: the work some have to do in order to be accommodated. Making a complaint requires becoming an institutional mechanic: you have to work out how to get a complaint through a system. It is because of the difficulty of getting through that complaints often end up being about the system. The lecture explores the significance of how complaints happen 'behind closed doors,' and shows how doors are often closed even when they appear to be opened. Please register attendance via link above.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars:
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: West Wing 6, Main Quad, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Anne-Marie Curtin

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