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Cultures of Listening in Research and Practice

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 09:30 - 13:45

The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, Jim Burrows Building, 1st Floor, Room 113


Exploring synergies between Social Sciences and Arts/Humanities approaches to listening.





Over the past years the idea/concept of listening has begun to feature prominently at the intersection of social sciences and arts and humanities based research. But theorising has remained disparate and exciting synergies between approaches in different disciplines, and their relevance to for example social-, legal- and research practice needs to be explored more systematically and creatively.

This seminar aims to do this by bringing together researchers from interdisciplinary backgrounds in Childhood studies, Law, Sociology, Social Work, Critical Theory and Literary Studies, Philosophy, Music and Psychology. The speakers share an interest in researching experiences and circumstances of listening and the respective ‘cultures of listening’ these create. Their work variously draws on process theoretical understandings of experience as it emerges in diverse disciplinary practices: legal and social work practice, practices of remembering and reconciliation, children’s understandings of- and practices directed at the public/social, cultural, theoretical and literary practices surrounding children.

The speakers further share an interest in creative and participatory research methods, variously drawing on musical and artistic practices to innovatively inform data collection and analysis. 

Organized by Dr Johanna Motzkau

Speakers and Discussant:

Dr Kyoko Murakami (Dept of Psychology, Copenhagen University)
Dr Sara Ramshaw (School of Law, Exeter University)
Dr Johanna Motzkau (School of Psychology, The Open University)

Dr Sevasti-Melissa Nolas  (Social work and Social Care, University of Sussex)
Prof Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (Critical Theory, University of Reading)
Dr Jessica Medhurst (Dept of English Literature, Newcastle University)
Discussant: Dr Nick Lee (Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick)


Programme appended as an attachment below.

A follow-up seminar was held on 9 June at Reading University.

Read programme for seminar 2: Cultures of Listening in Research and Practice: Exploring Synergies between Social Sciences and Arts/Humanities Approaches to Listening.