29-30 November 2018, UNSW, Sydney
Keynote speakers: Professor Megan Davis (University of New South Wales) and Associate Professor Leah Bassel (University of Leicester)
Inspired by the recent ?turn to listening? in media studies, cultural studies and political theory, this two-day interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars whose work engages with listening: as a political practice; as a critical frame; as an alternative politics; as a contribution to justice and/or as an ethics of relation.
As recent calls for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to the Australian Parliament remind us, the ‘right to be heard’ and calls to listen are central to addressing ongoing injustice and inequalities. The digital media environment offers proliferating opportunities for ‘ oice’ and sharing stories, yet the attention economy works against the promise that previously marginalised voices will be heard. While politicians regularly embark on ‘listening tours’, public trust in processes of consultation and representation is minimal. The fundamental principle of disability activism — ‘nothing about us without us’ — demands that voices of disability be heard. Yet too often calls to listen are ignored or refused.
Responding to these timely concerns, we invite critical contributions that engage with the politics of listening across a range of contexts and issues. We particularly welcome papers and panel proposals that address:
* Critical theories of listening: including theorising beyond liberalism, listening as a feminist politics, listening and agency, listening as labour, listening and justice (media justice, climate justice, acoustic justice etc), rethinking eavesdropping
* Listening and settler colonialism: including First Nations voice and the right to be heard, Indigenous sovereignties, First Nations epistemologies of listening, listening and refusal, listening and decolonising methodologies, listening as solidarity
* Listening and the politics of difference: including racism and anti-racism, ableism and disability, multiculturalism, counter and activist listening
* Listening interventions: in art and activism, media, democracy, the politics of voice and representation, economies of attention
In addition to academic paper and panel proposals, we are interested in hearing from practitioners, activists and artists interested in proposing non-traditional forms or formats that respond to the above themes. Please get in touch with symposium conveners Tanja Dreher on firstname.lastname@example.org or Poppy de Souza on email@example.com.
The program will feature confirmed keynote speakers Megan Davis (UNSW) and Leah Bassel (Leicester). Professor Davis is an author of The Uluru Statement from the Heart, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales. Dr Bassel?s most recent book is The Politics of Listening: Possibilities and challenges of democratic life (Palgrave, 2017).
For individual papers, please submit a 250 word abstract and short bio (150 words). For panel proposals (3-4 papers), please also include the title of the panel and a brief description, along with paper abstracts.
Please submit paper and panel proposals by 30 June via the symposium website: https://www.