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Being a feminist killjoy, with Sara Ahmed

Being a feminist killjoy, with Sara Ahmed
Wednesday, 17th May, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
9A Beck St, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
Bookings closed



We are delighted to host Sara Ahmed as our contribution to this year’s Feminist Book Fortnight, also being part of Nottingham Trent University’s Radical Print Summer School.

We have to keep saying it because they keep doing it.

Do colleagues roll their eyes in a meeting when you use words like sexism or racism? Do you refuse to laugh at jokes that aren’t funny? Have you been called divisive for pointing out a division? Then you are a feminist killjoy, and this event is for you.

The term killjoy has been used to dismiss feminism by claiming that it causes misery. But by naming ourselves feminist killjoys, we recover a feminist history, turning it into a source of strength as well as an inspiration.

Drawing on her own stories and those of others, especially Black and brown feminists and queer thinkers, Sara Ahmed combines depth of thought with honesty and intimacy. The Feminist Killjoy Handbook unpicks the lies our culture tells us and provides a form of solidarity and companionship that can be returned to over a lifetime.

‘Ahmed’s insight that being a feminist is being a killjoy is as consoling as it is revelatory. It makes sense of the bad atmosphere, the uncomfortable feelings that swirl around feminism; it gives you ballast in the storm.’ -Hannah Dawson



This event is fully booked.