Back to All Events

Feminist Legal Studies Anniversary Lecture, Birkbeck, London

  • CLO B01 Clore Management Centre Torrington Square London, England, WC1E 7JL United Kingdom (map)

The lecture is entitled, "The Institutional as Usual: Racism, Sexism and the Politics of Complaint"

In the lecture I will explore how institutions are built from small acts of use. Once we are attuned to an environment, we know what usually happens. This lecture explores how sexism and racism become usual, with specific reference to the use of banter. What happens when we challenge the use of banter as an abuse of power? What follows such challenges teaches us about power; the more you try to transform institutions the more you come up against them. This lecture brings together my current research into the “uses of use” with some early findings from my project on feminist complaint. I will also consider how social justice projects require making usage into a crisis.

Please register here: