"Apologies if you’ve heard this all before but thanks for listening"

Heddon, D. (2016) "Apologies if you’ve heard this all before but thanks for listening". In: Bastian, M., Jones, O., Moore, N. and Roe, E. (eds.) Participation in More-Than-Human Worlds. Series: Routledge studies in human geography. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138957350

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This essay focuses on a conversational moment staged in a clearing in a forest, a moment when human-to-human conversation failed dramatically. If participatory research is understood as a methodology that involves research partners fully in the knowledge-production process, then communication is clearly key to successful participatory research. Turning this around, methods of participatory research could be seen as useful to developing better conversations. My return to the scene of failure allows for a reflective exploration of the relationship of listening to speaking, and from there, the relationship of listening otherwise to speaking otherwise and speaking other worlds. The argument I offer here is that different modes of listening afford different ways of speaking, thus opening conversations to, between, and with the human and more-than-human.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heddon, Professor Deirdre
Authors: Heddon, D.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies

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