In session 6 of our Permanent Ordinary Seminar, Sara Ahmed will be presenting Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy. This is the last session of Permanent Ordinary Seminar, a public collaborative programme by Bulegoa z/b and Sociología Ordinaria which have run in 2020 and 2021 via face-to-face and online conversations and meetings. Laura Muelas and Leire San Martin will comment on the session.

In this lecture I explore how complaints can be feminist pedagogy. We learn about institutions from making complaints within them. We learn how power works by making it hard to challenge how power works. I consider how some people become complainers without making complaints because of what they need to do their work or the kind of work they do. To become a complainer is to become a complaint magnet, to attract as well as receive complaints. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the work of complaint collectives and complaint activism, exploring how complaints can be used to press against institutions and to press for institutional change.

To take part in this session in person or online please contact bulegoa@bulegoa.org

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. Her work is concerned with how power is used and challenged in institutions and everyday life. Her book Complaint! is forthcoming with Duke University Press in September 2021. Her previous books include What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use (2019), Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), The Promise of Happiness (2010) and Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006). She blogs at feministkilljoys.com.