Eavesdropping with permission: the politics of listening for safer speaking spaces

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dc.contributor.author Dreher, TI
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:57:47Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Borderlands E-Journal, 2009, 8 (1), pp. 1 - 21
dc.identifier.issn 1447-0810
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10620
dc.description.abstract In this paper I reflect on my role in a series of small workshops focused on the politics of gendered protectionism faced by Indigenous and Muslim women in Australia. My involvement began with a challenge overheard at two events held on the first anniversary of the Cronulla riots, in early December 2006. In very different ways, two conferences held in Sydney at that time ended with some participants interested in creating safe spaces for potentially difficult conversations between Indigenous people and Muslims in Australian. Here I reflect on my experiences as a co-convenor of the resulting 'Gender, Violence, Protection' workshop series in an attempt to analyse some of the possibilities for a white, middle-class woman like myself, influenced by feminisms, antiracism and critical race and whiteness studies, to contribute to developing safer spaces for speaking and listening across differences in the context of Indigenous sovereignty, and despite the persistence of colonial feminism and the privileges of whiteness. Drawing on recent work on the politics of speaking and listening, I suggest that a particular form of 'political listening' (Bickford 1996) or 'eavesdropping' (Raftcliffe 2005) may enable people, like myself, who are discursively privileged, to contribute to antiracism without dominating the space of conversation. This eavesdropping entails a shift to the margins and an ongoing negotiation of discomfort and permission. In my analysis I highlight the unease and uncertainty provoked by eavesdropping as a register of shifting hierarchies of safety and risk, and also the impossibility of simply 'transcending' networks of privilege and power.
dc.publisher ANU
dc.title Eavesdropping with permission: the politics of listening for safer speaking spaces
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Borderlands E-Journal
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 8
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Canberra, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 21 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 970958
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
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dc.description.keywords NA en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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