I. Within the context of Canadian art, deep listening as a decolonial practice has been a crucial part of engaging Indigenous thinking and other ways of knowing. Please join us for the inaugural event of the 2018-2019 EAHR | Media program featuring:
Rajni Shah, Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Acts of Listening Lab (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling & Dept of Theatre)
Listening Gathering: how we come together
Thursday September 27th 6:30-8:00pm
Jarislowsky Institute EV 3.711
“A listening atmosphere is not improvised. It is, on the contrary, the product of a strenuous process of conception, growth and devoted attention.” – Gemma Corradi Fiumara, The Other Side of Language: a philosophy of listening
Fiumara asks what the world would be like if philosophy embraced listening as wholeheartedly as it does speaking. In this talk, Rajni Shah will explore what performance might have to offer in creating this possibility – not as a topic for discussion or exploration, but by considering the acts of gathering and listening as the central ‘work’ in the idea of an ‘artwork’.
We’ll begin by arriving, and paying attention to where we are.
We’ll let go of the ideas we were holding on to before the talk began.
We’ll acknowledge the land on which we gather.
And then, we’ll begin (again).
This talk will be followed by a ‘no questions’ session, during which we will collectively experience a reorientation of the usual Q&A format.
Everyone is welcome. Download the event poster here.