February 13, 2018
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ackerman Grand Grand Ballroom, UCLA



UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents



Featuring Sara Ahmed

Part of Feminism and the Senses: Sensitivity and Sense Data in an Age of Precarity


The UCLA Center for the Study of Women welcomes Sara Ahmed as a featured speaker in our Feminism and the Senses event series.


Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. She has held academic appointments at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. She has recently completed a book called What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use and has begun a new research project on complaint. Her previous publications include Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2014, 2004), Strange Encounters (2000) and Differences that Matter (1998). She also blogs at

 In 2016, Ahmed resigned in protest from her post as Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldmiths in response to the institution’s failure to deal with students’ sexual harassment and assault complaints against staff and faculty members. She continues to work to make the problem of sexual harassment at universities more visible.


CSW is presenting TWO EVENTS featuring Sara Ahmed on FEBRUARY 13, 2018:




DATE: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TIME: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA

Free and open to all. Register Online:


Ahmed will speak about her new research project on “Complaint.”

The lecture explores how complaint can be understood as a form of diversity work: the work you do to transform an institution, or the work you do when you do not quite inhabit the norm of an institution. If doing diversity work is heard as complaint, making a complaint often requires becoming a diversity worker. This is not to say that those who make complaints always think of themselves as diversity workers in the sense of trying to transform the institution in which the complaint is lodged. But in order to proceed with a complaint you often have to become a diversity worker because making a complaint within an institution brings you up against it. The lecture explores how we learn about the institutional (as usual) from those who are trying to transform institutions. The lecture will discuss how complaint is a sensational intervention into institutional life.





DATE: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TIME: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Admission by competitive application process. Location will be provided to confirmed participants


CSW is pleased to offer registered UCLA Graduate Students from all departments the opportunity to participate in a 1-time, 2-hour graduate seminar with Sara Ahmed on the topic of “Complaint as Diversity Work.” The number of spots available in the seminar are very limited and admission to the seminar will be by competitive application process. Interested students from all fields are invited to apply to participate.


Seminar participants will be required to read Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Sara Ahmed’s Living and Feminist Life. Copies of the assigned reading will be made available to participants in advance of the seminar. Participants are also expected to attend Dr. Ahmed’s public talk following the seminar.




Please complete the online application form:


You will be asked to upload the following documents:

- Current CV

- A brief statement (250 words MAXIMUM) describing your research and/or activist interests and how you see this seminar contributing to them


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 15, 2018


We will only consider COMPLETE applications submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.


Co-sponsored by:

Backed by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Department of Comparative Literature
Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health
International Institute
Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Department of English
Department of Philosophy
Department of Anthropology
Department of Gender Studies
LGBTQ Studies Program
Division of Social Sciences