Listening across cultures

The 2013 International Listening Association Convention occurs 20-23 June, 2013 in beautiful Montréal. The convention theme, Listening: The Art, The Science, The Joie de Vivre, is intended to highlight the synergistic relationship between listening research and practice as well as the importance of effective listening to daily life.

Panel on Listening across Cultures – Request for participants – deadline Feb 1st.

When we communicate with people who participate in different ethnic, racial or culture groups, we engage in a negotiation of traits, qualities, descriptions and attributes.

This panel is inspired by and responds to the essay of Krista Ratcliffe entitled “Rhetorical Listening: A Trope for Interpretive Invention and a ‘Code of Cross-Cultural Conduct'” This panel explores the intersections of listening theory and cross-cultural pedagogy, and seeks to expand listening theory as complicated by cultural categories including gender, racial, ethnic and other cultural constructions.

A goal of this panel is to move beyond binary oppositions between ethnic, racial and gendered spaces. In this way it is hoped that cross-cultural dialogues in the classroom and beyond might be facilitated. We postulate that it is fruitful to identify our varied simultaneous differences and commonalities, and identify metonymic echoes of larger cultural discourses we carry on as educators.  We seek to encourage focus simultaneously on communication commonalities and differences among ourselves. We seek to articulate intersections between cultures and genders to promote cross-cultural communication. Aspects of cross-cultural communication can be seen as a trope that describes how we use language and how language uses us.

This panel builds on understanding through listening by moving beyond simple categorizing of cultural identity. While we continue to divide people by appearance, language habits and cultural attributes, we can be informed by contemporary scholarship which suggests that race, gender and ethnicity are social constructions that are created and reconstructed continuously. Another challenge to cross-cultural listening is that many people belong to more than one defined group.

This panel will highlight how cultural grouping are negotiated each time people communicate. The listening aspect of conversations helps by short-circuiting stereotype fulfillment and avoids imposing expectations on people.

Seeking panel participants. Panel submissions might include but are not limited to:
* Listening across borders
* Listening between LGTBQ individuals and others
* Listening across gender
* Listening when race or ethnicity is involved

Potential contributors should send an abstract with a proposed topic for the panel to Steven Gibson at: steven.gibson.737 AT