Sarah Keenan

Sarah Keenan is Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London
Give back the Gweagal shield

Give back the Gweagal shield

Even if you are a regular visitor at the British Museum, you probably haven’t noticed the Gweagal shield. It hangs on a hoall of the ‘Enlightenment’ room, a long regal chamber lined with glass cabinets and dotted with shiny white busts of colonial explorers. It has...

Social Justice: Call for Book Proposals

Social Justice: Call for Book Proposals

Social Justice, published by Routledge, editors: Davina Cooper, Sarah Keenan, Sarah Lamble. The Social Justice Book Series welcomes new manuscripts and book proposals. We are also happy to talk with authors whose book projects are at an early stage about the series....

Hillary Clinton, Riot Grrrl and Subversive Property

Hillary Clinton, Riot Grrrl and Subversive Property

I came late to riot grrrl. It was 2004 and there was a rush on tickets in Brisbane to see a band called Le Tigre. It seemed like every lesbian in the city was going. “What kind of music is it?” I asked my then girlfriend. “They’re girls”, she answered, “they shout a...

All Rise: What Does Justice Sound Like?

Three years ago last Saturday, an oil rig around 50 kilometres off the coast of Louisiana exploded.  The explosion killed eleven workers instantaneously, and marked the beginning of an 87-day period of uncontrollable crude oil spillage into the Gulf of Mexico, the...

Australian government asked to leave aboriginal community

Just over five years ago, on 21 June 2007, Australia’s then prime minister John Howard announced that rates of child sex abuse in the country’s Northern Territory aboriginal communities were so high that they constituted a national emergency.  Drawing on the federal...

Racism, Sexism and Swimming at the London Olympics

I've been a little taken aback this week at the level of racism against China in the British and US media, and on longer-than-usual comment threads on various friends’ facebook walls.  I mean, I know that racism in sport and in the media is nothing new, and I know...