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“COMPLAINT”: Diversity and Other Hostile Environments

Feb 10, 2022 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Lecture Series „Critical Diversity and Gender Studies in the 21st Century“

As part of the "Audre Lorde-BUA-Guest Professorship for Intersectional Diversity Studies" of the Diversity and Gender Equality Network DiGENet, the educationalist and gender researcher Professor Maisha M. Auma will critically examine topics around diversity in academic institutions, inclusion and intersectionality from transnational perspectives this winter semester.

“COMPLAINT”: Diversity and Other Hostile Environments.
Prof. Sara Ahmed
Chair: Prof. Maisha M. Auma

The lecture series will take place online via Zoom:
https://tu-berlin.zoom.us/j/63884549808?pwd=VURlRDJpTXJJNXl4N1ZMdU9ISmxlZz09 
Webinar-ID: 638 8454 9808
Code: 511663

Program

In cooperation with the Berlin Center for Global Engagement (BCGE)

Veranstaltungssprache ist Englisch

Abstract

In my recent book Complaint! I draw on testimonies shared by academics and students who have made complaints about abuses of power such as harassment or bullying or unequal working conditions in universities. In this lecture I reflect back on the book by asking what it means to be after complaint. As one of the participants in my study describes, some complaints “never leave you”. In this lecture I will focus on the temporality of complaint, how to complain is to go back over what is not over, as well as on the immanence of complaint, how complaints about hostile environments are made in hostile environments. What does these arguments mean for the research itself, where it can go, and what it can do? I will draw on data that I was not able to include in the book on the afterlives of complaints and will reflect on some of my experiences, as a woman of colour scholar, of doing and sharing this research.