The art of listening

Listening is a political activity that enables us to live-in -the-world-with others, but it is also a complex political and agonistic practice: while we focus on the speaker, we never listen in a void, but within a background that we have to map and understand. In the same way that we are situated speakers, we are also always, already situated listeners: we always listen from somewhere, no matter how open or willing we are to move from our position. Drawing on my experiences of listening to migrant and refugee women’s stories of displacement I have therefore explored the following themes:


  • Feminist genealogies of listening practices
  • Listening and political action
  • Corporeal voices, embodied listening
  • Listening across borders and languages
  • Ethics, aesthetics and politics of listening



Please reference as: Maria Tamboukou (2018) ‘Forces’