Queen's University

Listening Otherwise [MUTH 329]

Listening Otherwise


Next offering: Winter 2019

Professor: Dylan Robinson

From the calendar:

The course focuses on the intersections between what it means to listen from critical race, Indigenous, feminist, LGBTQ2 perspectives.

Note:  3rd year standing required. You can take more than one MUTH 329 course.

Detailed description:

We listen every day, every moment, yet often do not consider the ways in which this form of perception is guided by factors including gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability (i.e. our individual positionality).

Listening Otherwise considers the particular ways in which listening takes place in different settings (the concert hall, gallery, and urban and domestic spaces), and is influenced not only by cultural and gendered norms, but also by values of the institutions we are part of and the nation states we live within.

The course is envisioned as a kind of “listening lab” in which we will experiment with different practices of listening. Students will have the opportunity to explore new ways of listening to music (recorded and live performance), of listening to place (as a ‘visitor/guest’ or when ‘at home’), and reconsider the political stakes of listening.

As a Principal’s Dream Course, we will benefit from learning from a wide range of visiting artists, musicians, and scholars who will share their work with the class. We will listen to multiple genres of music, sound art and places themselves as we ask how the body listens “beyond the ear”.