Workshops on ‘Listening as a feminist intervention’

Tuesday 19 April, 2016

Convened by Tanja Dreher

Hosted by the Feminist Research Network at the University of Wollongong


Works in progress roundtable: Listening as feminist politics

The morning roundtable traces the diverse feminist antecedents and influences for an emerging interest in political ‘listening’ in media studies and political theory. The transformative potential of voice as a strategy to challenge marginalisation has been a mainstay of feminist politics and research. Yet feminist critical engagements address voice as a site of struggle (rather than unqualified celebration), which entails concern with the problems of listening and response as much as expression and representation. We will explore the ways in which attention to ‘listening’ has developed as a feminist-inspired intervention in political theory, as a contribution to longstanding debates on speaking positions, and as a reframing of debates on the public/private and media histories. In the context of recent arguments that the turn to listening need not necessarily entail a feminist politics, we foreground the asides and traces of earlier calls for attention to listen, and recupe the legacy of listening interventions in diverse feminisms, broadly defined.

Speakers: Cate Thill (Notre Dame), Justine Lloyd (Macquarie), Tanja Dreher (UoW), Nicole Matthews (Macquarie)

Discussant: A/Prof Joan Kirkby (Macquarie)


Listening as feminist pedagogy

The afternoon workshop aims to generate discussion and practical strategies for working with ‘listening’ as a feminist-inspired practice in our teaching. Speakers will introduce their experiences with various ‘listening’ exercises in university teaching, in order to stimulate discussion of these and other possibilities for listening interventions.

Speakers: Elaine Laforteza (UTS), Nisha Thapliyal (Newcastle), Denise Buiten (Notre Dame), Colleen McGloin (UoW), Andrew Whelan (UoW)


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