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Sadiah Qureshi: Black History, 22 November 2018

... But how many are also required to read Audre Lorde, Stuart Hall, Frantz Fanon, Jasbir Puar, Sara Ahmed, Kim TallBear or Kimberlé Crenshaw? What if these writers were required reading for everyone? Present curricula assume that white men write about universal truths, while people of colour are only expert in a narrow field – usually to do with ...

On Sophie Collins

Stephanie Burt: Sophie Collins, 18 July 2019

... don’t need to recognise Collins’s sources – among them Riley and the feminist theorist Sara Ahmed – to see yourself, or to see the anger, inside her best poems. Take ‘Untitled’, for instance: The village is always on fire. Men stay away from the kitchens, take up in outhouses with concrete floors, while the women – soot in their hair ...

Doors close, backs turn

Lorna Finlayson: Why complain?, 12 May 2022

by Sara Ahmed.
Duke, 359 pp., £23.99, September 2021, 978 1 4780 1771 4
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... arse-covering and punitive treatment of whistleblowers. That expectation is borne out in Sara Ahmed’s Complaint!, based on forty interviews conducted with university students or staff who have made (or have reason to make) complaints. In 2016, Ahmed resigned from her professorship at Goldsmiths, University ...

I am a knife

Jacqueline Rose: A Woman’s Agency, 22 February 2018

Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus 
by Vanessa Grigoriadis.
Houghton Mifflin, 332 pp., £20, September 2017, 978 0 544 70255 4
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Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus 
by Laura Kipnis.
HarperCollins, 245 pp., £20, April 2017, 978 0 06 265786 2
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Living a Feminist Life 
by Sara Ahmed.
Duke, 312 pp., £20.99, February 2017, 978 0 8223 6319 4
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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body 
by Roxane Gay.
Corsair, 288 pp., £13.99, July 2017, 978 1 4721 5111 7
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Difficult Women 
by Roxane Gay.
Corsair, 272 pp., £13.99, January 2017, 978 1 4721 5277 0
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... do all they can to avoid adverse publicity, even where rape is involved. In June 2016, Sara Ahmed resigned from her post as director of the Feminist Studies Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London over the university’s treatment of harassment. In solidarity with Ahmed, a student blog reproduced images ...

The sea is the same sea

Adam Shatz: Bibi goes to Washington, 30 August 2018

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu 
by Anshel Pfeffer.
Hurst, 423 pp., £20, May 2018, 978 1 84904 988 7
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... and lacked his flair for hasbara. Netanyahu nearly lost his battle with Levy when his new wife, Sara Ben Artzi, a young flight attendant he had met in Amsterdam shortly after his marriage to Fleur unravelled, received a call from an anonymous source who claimed to have a videotape of him having sex with another woman. Expelled from his latest matrimonial ...


Hirit Belai: Legislating Refugees out of Existence, 18 July 1996

... that the only way out for most people is to bribe their way onto a plane. This was the case for Sara, an Ethiopian refugee whom I met through a friend not long after her arrival last December. She came here seeking political asylum, having escaped from detention in Sudan to a refugee camp in Kenya where, for three years, ‘life was hell.’ In the end, she ...

Lightning Conductor

Peter Howarth: ‘How to Wash a Heart’, 9 June 2022

How to Wash a Heart 
by Bhanu Kapil.
Pavilion, 52 pp., £9.99, March 2020, 978 1 78962 168 6
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... were zones of ‘conditional hospitality’, a phrase of Derrida’s that Kapil came across in Sara Ahmed’s On Being Included. ‘People of colour in white organisations are treated as guests, temporary residents in someone else’s home,’ Ahmed goes on. ‘People of colour are welcomed on condition they return ...

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