The Labours of Diversity: A Conversation with Sara Ahmed
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join us for a Long Table discussion with Sara Ahmed on the topic of "diversity work" in the university, and in our university specifically. Following Ahmed's work in On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), we will take up such questions as: What are the implications of institutionalizing anti-racist, feminist, 'social justice' and/or 'diversity' work? Who is compelled to do/be this labour? Who/what is rewarded for and/or supported in this labour? What resource divestments (from programs, faculty, staff and students) does this labour enable? How do we design and sustain support for this work and each other without further enabling this sort of divestment?
This event will be structured as a Long Table discussion -- where a selection of participants are invited to take the first seats at the table to start a conversation, and those who want to watch and/or eventually join the conversation take seats around but off the table. These off-table participants can take an open seat at the table or write questions on the tablecloth to join in, but otherwise can sit off and listen. The first seats will be given to Miriam Ticktin, Judy Pryor-Ramirez, Laura Liu, Jaskiran Dhillon, T.L. Cowan, Gail Drakes, Jasmine Rault and Sara Ahmed, and we hope that audience members will join us at the table!
This conversation is open to all New School staff, students and faculty, so please feel free to circulate this announcement. The discussion will run from 10:30am-12pm or so, and then we’ll have an informal catered lunch.
Sara Ahmed's visit and this event are sponsored by the Gender Studies Program and the Mellon grant on "Race, Ethnicity and Curriculum: Theory, Practice and Impact."
Sara Ahmed is one of the leading queer/cultural/race studies scholars of the 21st century and author of On Being Included (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010), Queer Phenomenology (2006), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004), Strange Encounters (2000), and Differences that Matter (1998). Her influential research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds, as well as institutional cultures. She begins with the messiness of the experiential, the unfolding of bodies into worlds, and the drama of contingency, how we are touched by what comes near. Her work explores how differences, otherness, and strangeness become “properties” of bodies and spaces over time. You can see her research blog at: http://feministkilljoys.com/
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