Story-telling and practices of listening offer possibilities for engaging with the experience of environmental crisis. This roundtable explores the limits and possibilities of telling and hearing: in laboratories, deserts, forests, conference rooms, online, or elsewhere.
Story-telling and practices of listening offer possibilities for engaging with the experience of environmental crisis; with diverse others whose values and ways of knowing are brought into encounter through such crisis; and with the contingent histories and potential futures that stretch out on either side of the present moment. Story-telling and listening are both method and output, both personal and political, both galvanising and mournful. In this roundtable we seek to reflect on ideas and practices of storying within anthropology and its cognate disciplines in recent years (e.g. Haraway 2016, van Dooren and Rose 2012), and also explore the possibilities for moving beyond these, towards more politically engaged relations of story-telling, including in places marked by dynamics of colonialism and decolonisation. Questions that might animate our discussion include: How do stories move, and move us, across different scales? What does listening offer as a mode of response to both local and planetary threat? What, if anything, can storying and practices of listening offer in contexts of alterity or divergent epistemologies? Whether in laboratories, deserts, forests, conference rooms, online, or elsewhere: what are the limits of what we can tell and hear? People interested in participating in this roundtable are invited to submit proposals for short, 5-10 minute provocations in response to one or more of these questions.
Haraway, D. (2016). Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press.
van Dooren, T., & Rose, D. B. (2012). Storied-places in a multispecies city. Humanimalia, 3(2), 1-27.
Katerina Teaiwa (Australian National University)
Sophie Chao (University of Sydney)