Thu Feb 10 10:30

Listening as methodology in colonial environments

By The Community Garden Panel Talks

Welcome to a moderated live conversation where Lene Asp Frederiksen and AM Kanngieser share experiences and reflect on practices and challenges in conducting ethnographic field work, interviewing and working with sound materials in postcolonial sites.

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This session is a live conversation between Lene Asp Frederiksen, Linköping University, and AM Kanngieser, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London. Based on their respective experiences of ethnographic field work, interviews and working with sound materials in postcolonial environments, they will share experiences and reflections around what listening could mean in these contexts. The conversation, moderated by Victoria Wibeck from Linköping University, will revolve around methodological considerations, research ethics, relationality, the role and ethos of researchers exploring colonial histories in post-colonial sites, and specific challenges for this kind of research in pandemic times. The conversation will also explore how ethnographic research and methodologies for listening could address environmental changes resulting from a colonial past.

We welcome the audience to participate in the conversation through sending in questions and reflections through the Q&A function in Zoom. We will open up for Q&A during the last part of the session.

Estimated running time: 90 min


Lene Asp Frederiksen is a PhD student within the Seed Box program, based at Linköping University. In 2017 I developed the digital humanities project Mapping a Colony with funding from Europeana, and in continuation of this work I am now undertaking PhD research at the University of Linköping about colonial environments as nature-culture archives from a media ecological perspective.

AM Kanngieser is a geographer, sound artist and Marie Curie Research Fellow in Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. They are the author of Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds (2013) and Between Sound and Silence: Listening towards Environmental Relations (forthcoming), and have published in a range of interdisciplinary journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Progress in Human Geography and Environment and Planning D. Their collaborative audio work has been featured on Documenta 14 Radio, BBC 3, ABC Radio National, The Natural History Museum London, Arts Centre Melbourne, Radio del Museo Reina Sofía and Deutschland Radio, and has been featured in international arts and music publications including The Wire: Adventures in Sound and Music, Quietus, Transmediale, Outline and Art Quarterly magazines.

Victoria Wibeck is professor of Environmental Change and at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research at Linköping University. She is Program Director of The Seed Box. She has a PhD in communication studies. Her research focuses on visualization and communication of climate change and other environmental challenges, sense-making of societal transformations towards sustainability, and development of qualitative methods for cross-country sense-making analysis.



FEBRUARY 7–11 • 2022


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