Sara Ahmed Talk & Conversation

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

112 Wurster Hall

The Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures invites you to to a talk with renowned scholar Sara Ahmed, whose work lives at the intersections of feminist, queer, postcolonial, and critical race theory. CSSC will also be hosting a conversation with Professor Ahmed for graduate students only. Please contact CSSC to RSVP at  More info here.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Race & Gender.

Join us for a talk on Queer Use with renowned scholar Sara Ahmed on February 16 at 4:00 pm, 112 Wurster Hall. The lecture is free and open to the general public.

We will also be hosting a conversation with Professor Ahmed for graduate students only. Please contact CSSC to RSVP for the graduate student conversation at

Queer Use

This lecture explores the queerness of use as well as uses of queer. The lecture 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.

Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and writer. Her work is shaped by a close engagement with feminist and queer of color scholarship and activism. She has recently completed a book, What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use, and has begun working on an empirical research project on complaint. Her 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).

This event is co-sponsored by:
Arcus Endowment of the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley
Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, UC Berkeley
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Queer Cultural Center
The Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley
Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley

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