Changing Institutions with Sara Ahmed

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Wednesday 19 Jun 2024, 19:00 - 21:00
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Nieuwe Instituut Museumpark 25 3015 CB Rotterdam
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The Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) and Nieuwe Instituut present Changing Institutions with Sara Ahmed: Common Sense, Complaint and Other Lessons in Legacies. In her lecture, Ahmed will explore diversity in institutions and the resistance and critique surrounding it, as well as the tools that can be used to explain or challenge the issues. This will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience, chaired by Clarice Gargard.

Sara Ahmed is an independent queer feminist scholar of colour. Her work focuses on how power is experienced and contested in everyday life and in institutional cultures. She also has considerable experience and knowledge of forming “killjoy” collectives, navigating institutional tangles, and organising for change inside and outside of institutions.

She has just published her first general readership book, The Feminist Killjoy Handbook with Allen Lane. Previous books include Complaint! (2021), Living a Feminist Life (2017), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), and Queer Phenomenology: Objects, Orientations, Others (2006). She also blogs at

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With this event, Nieuwe Instituut and EUR's Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) are organising for the second time in a short time a public lecture by a thinker invited by the research group Human Conditions, based on the idea that the exchange between philosophers and visitors to places like the Nieuwe Instituut contributes to the public debate. Sara Ahmed's visit also aims to support the feminist community in Rotterdam, both inside and outside the walls of the university.

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