My name is Sara Ahmed and I am a feminist writer and independent scholar. I work at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies. My research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds as well as institutional cultures.
Until the end of 2016, I was a Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London having been previously based in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. I resigned from my post at Goldsmiths in protest at the failure to deal with the problem of sexual harassment. I hope to keep participating in the project of making the problem of sexual harassment at universities more visible, for example, by working with the 1752 group. I argued in my book On Being Included: On Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012) that we need to work on the university when we work at the university. Even though I no longer work at the university, I am still working on it. In a project on complaint that I have just started, the university has become my field.
I now live on the outskirts of a small village in Cambridgeshire with my partner Sarah Franklin and our beautiful dog, Poppy, a brown cockapoo.
I will continue to write, research, and teach – whilst exploring the question of how to live a post-institutional feminist life.
I am available to give talks or participate in conferences or seminars from the beginning of October through to the end of June each year. Please fill in my contact form or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get in touch.
Find my CV here.