Reading and Discussion – “Living a Feminist Life” with Sara Ahmed

Friday, June 22nd, 6pm @ aquarium am Südblock, Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin.

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 Colour scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique […] 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. (Book description Duke University Press).

Living a Feminist Life was translated into German and published by the Unrast Verlag in August 2017. For those interested in a more intensive engagement with the topics addressed in the book ,the event will be preceded by a preparatory reading circle.

The talk will be followed by a plenary discussion.

Language: Spoken English. German translation can be provided if necessary.

Further information about the book:


Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer and independent scholar. She works at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies. Her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds as well as institutional cultures. Until the end of 2016, she was a Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London having been previously based in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. Sara Ahmed resigned from this post at Goldsmiths in protest at the failure to deal with the problem of sexual harassment. Living a Feminist Life is her 8th publication. Further publications by Sara Ahmed include: Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998), Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2004, second edition 2014), Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others (2006), The Promise of Happiness (2010), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012) and Willful Subjects (2014). For further information pls. also visit Sara Ahmed’s Webpage:

The event was preceded by four sessions of a reeding group on the book “Living a Feminist Life”. More information here: