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Complaint as a Queer Method

You might have a fight on your hands.* You might have to fight for room, room to be, room to do, room to do your work without being questioned or being put under surveillance.  You might have to fight to … Continue reading

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After Complaint

I have been listening to stories of complaint. I have been collecting complaints.  To collect can mean to go to a place and bring somebody back or to bring things together from different times or places. To bring somebody back, … Continue reading

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Gender Critical = Gender Conservative

Content Warning: The following post includes a discussion of transphobia and transmisogyny. How has gender become a map of a moment? Why do so many movements present themselves as against gender? In a recent article, Judith Butler shows how the … Continue reading

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A book can be a thank you note

Yesterday we launched Complaint!  I want to express my deep appreciation for all you who are doing the work of complaint, chipping away at the walls of the institution, knocking on the doors, causing disturbance; unburying, rebuilding. My apologies for … Continue reading

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Complaint!

Complaint! is out! You can now purchase the book direct from Duke University Press as well as from Combined Academic Publishers if you are in the UK/Europe. Until October 15, you can receive a 50 percent discount using the code … Continue reading

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In Dialogue, a letter to Lauren

Dear Lauren, I knew we were going to lose you. You told us in so many words. You have such a way with words that I had to work hard not to be distracted by their beauty from the devastation … Continue reading

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Complaint as Feminist Pedagogy

In the last months, I have been presenting my research on complaint in the form of three different (but connected) lectures: “Knocking on the Door: Complaints and Other Stories about Institutions,”Complaint, Diversity and Other Hostile Environments” (also here and here) and … Continue reading

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Complaint Activism

I have just sent the proofs off for Complaint! The book, which is rather like a complaint, long, drawn out, somewhat messy, hard to hold, hard to contain, full of emotion and shared reflections, full of pain and also possibility, … Continue reading

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Melancholic Migrants

Not that long ago I received a message. It was a relatively mild message compared to some I have received. As a lesbian feminist of colour from a Muslim background who writes on racism as well as other forms of … Continue reading

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Apologies for Harm, Apologies as Harm

What would you do if you opened your complaint file and found an apology from the person you complained about? This is not a hypothetical question. We ask some questions because of what has happened. A student is being harassed … Continue reading

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