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The Art of Listening

This seminar was originally scheduled for 10th January 2012 at 5 pm.

A Graduate School of Education seminar
Speaker(s)Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths University of London)
Date17 January 2012
Time17:00
PlaceBaring Court 114

Our culture is one that speaks rather than listens. From reality TV to political rallies, there is a clamour to be heard, to narrate, and to receive attention. It reduces 'reality' to revelation and voyeurism. The paper argues that this way of life is having severe and damaging consequences in a world that is increasingly globalized and interconnected. It addresses the question: how can we listen more carefully? Social and cultural theory is combined with real stories from the experiences of the desperate stowaways who hide in the undercarriages of jet planes in order to seek asylum, to the young working-class people who use tattooing to commemorate a lost love. The Art of Listening shows how sociology is in a unique position to record 'life passed in living' and to listen to complex experiences with humility and ethical care, providing a resource to understand the contemporary world while pointing to the possibility of a different kind of future.

A recording of this talk is available . University log in required.


Intended audienceStaff and students of Exeter University and visitors from other educational institutions and partnership schools
Registration informationBooking not required
CostFree of charge
OrganizerTamara Snell
Tel01392724917
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Attachments
Professor_Les_Back.pdfProfessor Les Back's Abstract (74K)

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