Listening Studies

The project intends to develop a conceptualization and comprehensive knowledge base about the humanistic faculty of listening departing from the current body of sound studies canon. The scholarship intends to shift the focus to listening in an epistemological and ontological context. Taking a practice-based approach of the attentive and exploratory mode of listening and the theoretical perspective of sound studies and sonic/media (auto-)ethnography, as well as drawing on diverse ranges of knowledge, from non-Western sonic epistemologies and Indigenous aesthetic practices around sound and listening to the proponent of the three modes of listening by early sound studies scholars such as Michel Chion (1994), and from the works of Pauline Oliveros on deep listening to contemporary theorists such as Brandon LaBelle (2010), the course will consider listening as a creative practice besides being one of the primary sense modalities that helps in the everyday communication and engaged learning about our immediate environment by an epistemology of sound. Beyond the classroom lectures, there will be a self-organized writing module in this course, where the students will be asked to perform automatic writing of a multitude of associative thoughts, imaginations, and personal memories in a mode of listening navigation. The students will be guided to utilize these auditory associations embedded in the listening experience helping to communicate and engage independently with others. The practice-based approach will facilitate an awareness of inclusion and contemplative acceptance of the (human, non-human, more than human) others.