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Public Lecture, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona

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On Complaint

What happens when someone within an institution complaints about bad practice, violation of rights, or abuse of power? In this lecture, the feminist writer Sara Ahmed will explore how we learn about abuses of power from those who make complaints about those abuses. She will consider how making a complaint requires becoming an institutional killjoy: those who complain end up getting in the way of institutional happiness. Making a complaint also requires becoming an institutional mechanic: you have to work out how to get a complaint through a system. The lecture explores how the experiences that lead to complaint and the experiences of complaint are hard to untangle, and it reflects on the role of networks and intimacies in shaping what happens to complaints and to those who complain.

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