Free Public Lecture
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This lecture from independent feminist scholar and writer Sara Ahmed explores the queerness of use as well as uses of queer. It begins with a reflection on the gap between the intended function of an object and how an object is used as a gap with a queer potential. The lecture does not simply affirm that potential, but offers an account of how institutional worlds are built to enable some uses (and users) more than others. To bring out the queerness of use thus requires a world-dismantling effort. The lecture reflects on how dismantling is framed as damage and considers the relationship between the creativity of queer use, violence and survival.
Presented by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer whose work is concerned with how power is secured and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. She has recently completed a book, 'What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use' and has begun working on a new empirical research project on complaint. Her most recent publications include *Living a Feminist Life* (2017), *Willful Subjects* (2014) and *On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life* (2012).