A Conversation on Race, Sound, and the Im/possibility of Decolonised Listening

Lee, Peggy Kyoungwon; Oliveira, Pedro; Osman, Shanti Suki and Thompson, Marie (2022). A Conversation on Race, Sound, and the Im/possibility of Decolonised Listening. In: Ismaiel-Wendt, Johannes Salim and Schoon, Andi eds. Postcolonial Repercussions: On Sound Ontologies and Decolonised Listening. Sound Studies, 6. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 45–58.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839462522-003


This piece is based around a discussion between Peggy Kyoungwon Lee, Pedro Oliveira, Shanti Suki Osman and Marie Thompson that took place in the summer of 2019. Peggy Kyoungwon Lee is a scholar, writer, and postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Pedro Oliveira is a researcher and sound artist working with the colonial articulations of so-nic violence. Shanti Suki Osman is an artist and educator working in song, sound and radio. She lives in Berlin, Germany and is currently research associate and doctoral candidate for Music Pedagogy at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany, where her current research investigates the experiences of women* of colour studying popular music in German Musikhochschulen. Marie Thompson is a researcher living in Nottingham, UK. She a Lecturer in Popular Music at The Open University. Shanti Suki and Marie have previously worked together as part of the Sonic Cyberfeminisms project, which Marie co-leads with Annie Goh.

Revisiting this piece in December 2021, this conversation feels rather outdated, not least because of the publication of important texts in the field such as Dylan Robinson’s Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies (2020), which addresses many of the issues discussed here. Yet it also highlights the historic repetition of the issues and injustices discussed.

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