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Living a feminist life

King's Building, Strand Campus, London

27 Feb Gender studies Part of Gender Studies Network seminar series

Speaker: Sara Ahmed 

Join the Gender Studies Network for this book discussion with feminist writer and independent scholar, Sara Ahmed.

*If you are external to King's and would like to attend this event, please contact the event organiser directly.

About the book

In 'Living a feminist life' (2017) Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of colour scholarship in particular, Sara offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique – often by naming and calling attention to problems – and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform them.

Sara also provides her most sustained commentary on the figure of the feminist killjoy introduced in her earlier work while showing how feminists create inventive solutions – such as forming support systems – to survive the shattering experiences of facing the walls of racism and sexism. The killjoy survival kit and killjoy manifesto, with which the book concludes, supply practical tools for how to live a feminist life, thereby strengthening the ties between the inventive creation of feminist theory and living a life that sustains it.

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