The Institutional as Usual: Diversity Work as Data Collection

With Sara Ahmed
Monday, October 16, 2017
6 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

In the annual Helen Pond McIntyre ’48 Lecture, Sara Ahmed, independent scholar and feminist writer, explores how institutions are built from small acts of use. What usually happens seems to keep happening without having to be made into official policy and sometimes even despite an official policy. We learn about the institutional (as usual) from those who are trying to transform institutions.

Ahmed will bring together data from her study of diversity work in universities first presented in On Being Included (2012) and developed in the middle section of Living a Feminist Life (2017) with her current research into “the uses of use” and complaint. She considers how social justice projects require making usage into a crisis.

Co-Sponsored by Institute for Research on Women and Gender Studies, Columbia University.
RSVP is preferred but not required and seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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Oct. 16, 2017 - 6:00 PM