COMPOSTING #40: Sounding

Sounding implies alternative sensoria of noise, listening, fathoming, seeking. In this month’s on-campus COMPOSTING session we will read about and practice listening as a mode of relating and mattering. Thinking alongside deaf poetics, we will also explore White’s reminder that “there are numerous ways to listen” (White, 2015).


Leah Barclay, Listening to Country (soundscape excerpt)

Anja Kanngieser, “Geopolitics and the Anthropocene: 5 Propositions for Sound” GeoHumanities 1.1 (2015):80-85.

Jessica White “’Can I do my words?’ On the Poetics of Deafness.” Cordite Poetry Review, May 2015.

WHEN: Wed 11 Sept 4-5:30 pm

WHERE: University of Sydney SOPHI Common Room (Brennan MacCallum 822)

As always: 
BYOM (Bring your own mug – I will supply tea!)
BASTS (Bring a snack to share. We love eating!)
CWAQ (Come with a question! As always we will launch the session by going around the table to hear from everyone who would like to share)

The COMPOSTING reading group is open to bodies of all genders, professions, and walks of life, including but not limited to academics, postgrad students, undergrads, artists, poets, activists, grandmas, multispecies companions, and the odd ghost. We are an inclusive intersectional feminist space, and together we are figuring out what that means, in practice.

*The SOPHI Common Room is accessible by elevator from the main entrance to Brennan McCallum Building on Manning Road (this entrance is already on floor 3). Enter, turn left to reach the lifts, then take the lift to the 8th floor of Brennan. Exit the elevator, and the SOPHI Common Room (822) is straight ahead. There is an accessible toilet beside the elevators on the 8th floor.

If you have any other questions about accessibility, or anything else that would better facilitate your participation in the group, please contact Astrida at

Image Credit: Christof “Radios”, Creative Commons

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