Listening in Place: Activating Listening through Housing and Shelter
As part of Doing Feminism in the Pandemic, we are excited to announce the first in a series of online conversations and events taking place throughout this spring and summer. Helena Krobath (MA in Media Studies) will lead an informal workshop on listening and housing rights.
Helena writes: “I volunteer with the Vancouver Tenants Union, live in a city with extreme housing injustice, and am a renter — so housing is almost always on my mind. I’m also a sound artist and researcher who studies physical, social, and imaginative spaces through listening methods. This workshop will bring these two perspectives together, exploring how focusing on housing shapes my ways of listening to the world. In turn, different listening techniques allow me to experience new insights and observations.”
Helena will share how and what she has been listening to during the pandemic, and the observations she has made from a housing framework. We will discuss these observations, and how they lead to understandings of housing and shelter in the current moment.
“Doing Feminism in the Pandemic” is conceived as a collective, process-based living archive. Based on the Slack platform, it invites in-process reflections, “hundreds”, keywords, conversations, prompts, and encounters amongst its participants. It is organized around four streams: “The Crisis was Already Here” (#thecrisiswasalreadyhere), “What does COVID-19 teach us?” (#emergentmodels), “What is the ‘Everyday’ of the Pandemic?” (#theeveryday), and “Reading Space” for sharing links, articles or other material (#whatimreading). Each stream includes some preliminary thoughts and questions to begin an open, process-based, collective conversation.
Alongside the living archive, the Feminist Media Studio is organizing a series of Zoom conversations, artistic prompts, and roundtable discussions with members of numerous communities (academic, artistic and activist) vital to doing intersectional, antiracist, queer, and decolonial feminisms, which participating FMS members can attend, and which will form a vital part of the living archive itself and its various collaborative contributions.