The Art of Seeing and Hearing The Other - ETHER Seminar One

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Ethics and Aesthetics of Encountering the Other: New Frameworks for Engaging with Difference (ETHER)

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We are a global research network of members working across academic, arts and public sectors. What brings us together is our commitment to researching, understanding and enabling human encounters across social and cultural divides.

ETHER Seminar One: The Art of Seeing and Hearing the Other

How we see and hear the other is often shaped through our attachment to ideas, images and ideologies about ourselves, others and the world. Language ideologies, for instance, delineate what counts as language and as legitimate ways of language use. They set boundaries inside which another is heard, encountered and judged (Inoue, 2003; Piller, 2016). This kind of meeting, however, precludes genuine contact because the listening/looking subject’s ideological preoccupations always put another in the position of an object (‘it’) to be comprehended, made sense of or assimilated. Anthropological philosophy, on the other hand, has entertained the possibility that an authentic encounter with difference can be achieved with a relational shift from ‘I-it’ to ‘I-Thou’ (Buber, 2013). The latter requires the subject’s pre-reflective way of being-in-the world which regards oneself and the other as whole human beings who cannot be reduced to cultural categories (Levinas, 1972). The seminar will examine how the two stances are negotiated in real-life encounters and identify theoretical principles for enabling authentic meetings across divides.

20 April 2021 9.30-14.30

Provocation. Dagmar Dyck; Sophie Herxheimer; Sarah-Jane Mason; Adam Jaffer; Thandanani Gumede; Helen Finch; Thea Pitman; Parinita Shetty; Cornelia F. Bock; Lara-Stephanie Krause; Stepahnie Jo Kent; Awad Ibrahim

Keynote: Rosine Kelz (philosopher, IASS, Potsdam)

21 April 2021 13.00-16.45

Creative Lab led by Artist in Residence: Pavel Fischer & Jakub Jedlinsky (violinists, Prague)

Conversation led by Ana Deumert (sociolinguist, University of Cape Town)


Day 1: Tuesday 20th  April  2021  9.30 - 9.45 Welcome  

9.45 - 10.45 Provocations Panel 1: Dagmar Dyck, Thandanani Gumede, Adam Jaffer, Thea Pitman, Cornelia Bock, Parinita Shetty  

10.45 - 11.00 Coffee Break  

11.00 - 12.00 Provocations Panel 2: Stephanie Jo Kent, Sophie Herxheimer, Awad Ibrahim, Helen Finch, Lara-Stephanie Krause, Sarah-Jane Mason  

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch Break  

13.00 - 14.30 Keynote: Rosine Kelz  

Day 2: Wednesday 21st  April  2021 

13.00 - 14.45 Creative Lab led by Artists in Residence: Pavel Fischer & Jakub Jedlinsky  

14.45 - 15.15 Break  

15.15 - 16.45 Conversation: Ana Deumert  

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