The more we live in the world, the greater our chances of becoming blind to it. Our experiences become habit. We give them less thought. We care less about them. This has profound implications when we consider the institutions with which we regularly interact and the policies they create to govern our lives. Thus, the ease with which we grow accustomed to such social injustices as income inequality, racism, sexism, and state sanctioned violence. In fact, we often recognize these ills as ills only after people determined to radically transform our institutions and policies draw our attention to them. For the 2017 Helen Pond McIntyre '48 Lecture, Sarah Ahmed, an independent scholar and author of On Being Included and Living a Feminist Life, invites us to see how complaint and crisis can dislodge us from the complacency of habit and enable us to fight for a more just world.
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About the Speaker
Sara Ahmed is an independent scholar and feminist writer. She has held academic posts at Lancaster University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books 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).