1 Feb 2023

11am - 12:30pm MST

Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre/Online

Travelling with Feminist Killjoys, Sara Ahmed

Graphic text for Sara Ahmed's Travelling with Feminist Killjoys Talk
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ZOOM Webinar
Live broadcast at Alberta University of the Arts, Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre
Open to Students, Staff, Faculty and the Public (on campus live-broadcast and online access)
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Travelling with Feminist Killjoys

"In this lecture I reflect back on my experience of writing The Feminist Killjoy Handbook (forthcoming with Seal Press, 2023). I explore how the feminist killjoy turned up in my own work, explain why I describe her as my companion, and clarify what I mean by “killing joy as a world making project.” I offer some killjoy survival tips and show how experiences of killing joy give us some of the resources and skills we need to navigate an unjust world and to build more open and less-hostile institutions."

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. Her new book The Feminist Killjoy Handbook will be published in the US/Canada by Seal Press in October 2023. She is currently writing a follow up text, The Complainer's Handbook: A Guide to Building Less Hostile Institutions and has begun a new research project on common sense. Her previous books include Complaint! (2021) What's The Use? On the Uses of Use (2019), Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology: Objects, Orientations, Others (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2014, 2004), Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000) and Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998).



Student Seminar, February 2

Sara Ahmed will be hosting a Virtual (zoom) Student Seminar on Thursday February 2, 11am-12:30pm in the Boardroom.
In-person participation (registration required and limited to 20 people, first come, first serve)
In-person participation is limited to 20 students who will gather in the Boardroom to engage in a discussion and Q&A with Sara Ahmed. Please bring questions for Sara to this event. Conversation will be facilitated by a Student Host.

If you would like to attend in person, please register here

Teams Online Participation (no registration required) – please see Teams meeting info below.
Virtual participation is open to all current students.


All participants should read the two conclusions:  Feminist Killjoy Survival Kit and Feminist Killjoy Manifesto from Living a Feminist Life
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