• How the Culture of the University Covers Up Abuse

    My task in Complaint! is relatively simple. I listen to, and learn from, those who make complaints about abuses of power within universities. Many of the stories I share in the book are about institutional violence, that is, the violence directed by the institution toward those who complain about violence within the institution. Those who try to complain are often warned about the costs of complaint or threatened with retaliation for complaining. We might assume warning and threats are used by management as top-down bullying tactics. They are. But many complaints are stopped not by senior managers or administrators but by colleagues, sometimes acting on behalf of colleagues or in order to protect colleagues.

    #impunité #silence #complicité #collègues #harcèlement #abus #université #facs #violence_institutionnelle

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur le #harcèlement_sexuel à l’université :
    et plus précisément ici :

    • Complaint !

      In Complaint! Sara Ahmed examines what we can learn about power from those who complain about abuses of power. Drawing on oral and written testimonies from academics and students who have made complaints about harassment, bullying, and unequal working conditions at universities, Ahmed explores the gap between what is supposed to happen when complaints are made and what actually happens. To make complaints within institutions is to learn how they work and for whom they work: complaint as feminist pedagogy. Ahmed explores how complaints are made behind closed doors and how doors are often closed on those who complain. To open these doors---to get complaints through, keep them going, or keep them alive---Ahmed emphasizes, requires forming new kinds of collectives. This book offers a systematic analysis of the methods used to stop complaints and a powerful and poetic meditation on what complaints can be used to do. Following a long lineage of Black feminist and feminist of color critiques of the university, Ahmed delivers a timely consideration of how institutional change becomes possible and why it is necessary.

      #plainte #livre #Sara_Ahmed #pouvoir #victimes #abus_de_pouvoir #bullisme #pédagogie_féministe

    • Also : her #blog



      My name is Sara Ahmed, and this is my research blog. I am a feminist killjoy. It is what I do. It is how I think. It is my philosophy and my politics.

      I was the inaugural director of the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) at Goldsmiths. You can find further information about the CFR here.

      I am now working as an independent feminist scholar and writer. You can find my cv, links to my articles, description of my new projects, details of forthcoming lectures and information on all of my books on my personal website. If you need to get in touch with me please fill in my contact form.

      I recently completed a book Living a Feminist Life, which draws on everyday experiences of being a feminist to re-think some key aspects of feminist theory. I began this blog when I began the book: they were written together.

      I will however keep the blog even though the book is finished! In fact I will be sharing material from my new project on complaint which I have just begun.

      The work of a feminist killjoy is not over.


    • And not yet read but called the ’bible’ by some colleagues:


      In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique—often by naming and calling attention to problems—and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform them. Ahmed also provides her most sustained commentary on the figure of the feminist killjoy introduced in her earlier work while showing how feminists create inventive solutions—such as forming support systems—to survive the shattering experiences of facing the walls of racism and sexism. The killjoy survival kit and killjoy manifesto, with which the book concludes, supply practical tools for how to live a feminist life, thereby strengthening the ties between the inventive creation of feminist theory and living a life that sustains it.

      All books: https://www.saranahmed.com/books-1

      Her website: https://www.saranahmed.com