New graduate journal seeking contributions based on works and papers presented at UNSW's 'Politics of Listening' conference

Soapbox is an open-source graduate journal for cultural analysis, based at the University of Amsterdam ( Our first issue, themed ‘Practices of Listening’, is due for publication at the end of January, featuring contributions from MA and PhD candidates working on conceptual developments of listening in art, street protest, technology, and literature. In the months running up to publication, we’re publishing a series of shorter essays, opinion pieces, creative works, or art projects on this topic on our website, launching on September 1st. In order to report on the conference, and also to connect the participants and audiences of both conference and journal, we invite speakers and attendees to submit short texts or other media for publication.

For written submissions, the maximum word count is 1,000. These might include but are not limited to:

  • Condensed versions of conference papers – briefly introducing research topics covered there in more depth 

  • Pieces focusing on certain aspects of those presentations, such as close readings, methodological or disciplinary concerns

  • Responses to or comparisons of different papers

  • New insights developed from or separate to those papers: creative pieces, speculative or further research-oriented works

Soapbox would also be very interested in hosting multimedia submissions or artworks: visual works, video, audio or otherwise. 

Please email to pitch submissions or for further information.

Postgraduate/ECR workshop: Listening beyond Liberalism

Listening beyond Liberalism: ECR/PG workshop

  • When: Wednesday 28 November, 1.30 - 4.30pm

  • Where: University of New South Wales, Sydney

  • Convened by Tanja Dreher and Leah Bassel

  • Held in conjunction with the symposium The Politics of Listening symposium.

The workshop on 'Listening beyond Liberalism' is open to postgraduate and Early Career Researchers across a range of disciplines. The workshop will discuss the limitations of a liberal politics of listening (including therapeutic and managerial frameworks) and explore theorisations and practices that push beyond the liberal frame, including those that engage with settler colonialism, coloniality and decoloniality, intersectionality, critical disability studies, sound studies and more.

Full details and participant requirements available here.

Expressions of Interest are now open. Please submit EOIs by October 15 2018, via email the online form here.

Professor Megan Davis confirmed as opening keynote speaker

We are pleased to announce that Professor Megan Davis will present the opening keynote address for the Politics of Listening symposium.

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission. Megan supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons.

Please keep an eye on our speakers page for keynote abstracts.