Critical Discussion

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, oil on canvas, 1614-20

Theory at Home

Feminist Killjoys with Serenity Joo

  • February 16, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone welcome!

Sara Ahmed’s notion of the feminist killjoy can be explored in the context of both everyday life and artistic production. Ahmed’s text will serve as a means to discuss the ways in which emotions, that area of human experience often dismissed as instinctual and irrational, also structure our society in fundamental and institutionalized ways. With a careful eye to the intersections of race, class and ability, this Theory and Beer will consider who has the most to gain—and lose—by killing the joy. Come prepared with examples of art, a well-practiced side-eye and other killjoy tactics to share.

Reading: Feminist Killjoys (And Other Willful Subjects) by Sara Ahmed

  • Serenity Joo

    Serenity Joo teaches literature and theory at the University of Manitoba. She spends a lot of time thinking about racial identities located in unexpected places (alien worlds, partitioned Korea, North Dakota). Her current project is focused on the racial politics in contemporary disaster fiction and film. When she’s not grappling with books and ideas, she can be found engaging in spectator sports, beer-league trivia and debates over nacho toppings.