36th Annual Convention 
March 2015
Virginia Beach, VA

Panel for ILA 2013: Listening Is.... Descriptions of listening in contexts/situations

  • January 25, 2013 9:55 PM
    Message # 1189774

    Listening Is . . .  Description of a Listening Life World

    A program to clarify and elaborate our description of listening, and to expand our sense of its practice in daily life situations and cultural contexts.

    This panel topic came up because, out of the 20+ papers I have posted on Academia.edu, the paper most frequently accessed by far is “What is Listening” (formerly the introductory essay of my book with Deborah Borisoff, Listening in everyday life: A personal and professional approach, 1991, 1997). One outcome of this panel could be a paper (multi-authored) that is a compilation of the presentations and to be posted on Academia.edu to add other views to my current paper.

    I would like to propose that ILAer's from different functional approaches to listening answer the question “What is Listening?” by completing the title “Listening Is....” with a paper of 2-5 pages, not defining (de-fine, means literally of the end, to kill, and stake something down), but rather describing what listening is as an integral part of their life, but not only their individual life, but as part of their lived, lifeworld, the situations they haunt and the cultural contexts they inhabit. They can respond to the question: how listening happen or work/operate, function, in your daily life, in your everyday world? They should try to avoid the standard concepts and focus more on describing just what happens, in one’s field of awareness, including social/cultural, media, work, etc. situations/contexts.

  • January 30, 2013 9:55 AM
    Reply # 1193462 on 1189774
    Hi Mike,

    Your request reminded me of a post I wrote a while back on listening in qualitative work in which I define it as "reverence" and give specific examples. I'm not sure if it's what you're looking for but thought I would pass it along. Here's a link to the post:


  • January 30, 2013 8:58 PM
    Reply # 1194038 on 1189774
    Hi Michael,

    I would love to join your panel and write about what is listening as a teacher.  I have had several powerful experiences in this past year while listening to my students and would love the opportunity to flesh out in words the paradoxes that emerged from this kind of listening.  I would do this more as a narrative about these experiences rather than an academic piece, but the experiences have led me to think about what listening in the context of teaching means.   Let me know if this is what you had in mind.

Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis
 Executive Director, International Listening Association 
Box 164, Belle Plaine MN 56011 USA
Phone and TEXT: 1.952.594.5697 
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